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English Language School in San Diego

Intensive English classes. Maximum 8 students per class.

America’s Finest City is known for its beautiful weather, expansive beaches, and laidback Southern California culture, but locals know that San Diego is so much more: the area’s natural parks, museums, delicious restaurants, numerous sporting events, and year-round festivals make SD a cultural hub for those lucky enough to live or visit.

What makes San Diego so special? Each of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods has something to offer. Fashion mavens flock to the malls in Mission Valley, beach-lovers choose between any of the city’s gorgeous beaches, nature fanatics enjoy hiking along the sea and in the area’s local parks, and urbanites take pleasure in areas like trendy East Village, exciting Downtown Gaslamp, and upscale Little Italy. Each of these areas is well connected with local transit, making it easy to explore them all!

CISL San Diego is located on Broadway Street in Downtown San Diego, in the city’s fashionable Gaslamp District. The school’s modern facilities and bright classrooms provide students a welcoming environment; when class is not in session, students interact with friends in the expansive student lounge or take advantage of CISL’s state-of-the-art computer lab.

Courses

Since 1972, CISL San Diego has offered students the chance to improve their English skills through its Standard and Intensive Programs. Students attend classes in the mornings from Monday through Friday and master the skills necessary to communicate confidently in English. Should they choose, students can attend afternoon classes focused on speaking, Business English, or Academic English: classes are held Monday through Thursday.  

CISL San Diego is proud to have offered Cambridge ESOL courses (Certificate of Advanced English and First Certificate) for over 25 years and is an official Cambridge Exam Centre. The school also offers intensive TOEFL and IELTS preparation courses, which are led by qualified and dedicated instructors. 

For the professional student, CISL offers two Premier English courses Executive English and English for Engineers. Students also have the option of enrolling in CISL’s Career English Program, which allows students the opportunity to spend several months with an American company.

Academic students have the option of CISL’s Pathway or Academic Year Abroad programs. With Pathway, CISL students transfer to an American university and receive their post-secondary degree (associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD). With the CISL Academic Year Abroad, students spend a gap year in the U.S., spending half of their time at CISL San Diego before transferring to a CISL partner college.

San Diego Accommodation

CISL San Diego students have several options for accommodation, including Homestay and residence halls in the upscale and hip neighborhoods of Downtown and Little Italy. Students can choose between private or shared rooms; additionally, students may select suite-style accommodations complete with kitchens and larger living spaces. 

All CISL residences are within walking distance of CISL San Diego and are fully equipped for the international student. Homestays are within 30 to 40 minutes travel on public transportation. All CISL Host Families are carefully selected and are dedicated to providing students with a warm and welcoming home.

Activities

CISL afterschool activities provide students the opportunity to see everything San Diego has to offer on water and land! Students take advantage of group discounts on tickets to Padres baseball games, surfing lessons, ferry rides to Coronado, trips to historic Old Town, or activities such as laser tag. The Activities Coordinator is ready to provide tips for students who are interested in making the most of their CISL San Diego experience.

Popular CISL Activities:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Balboa Park
  • Museums
  • San Diego Safari Park 
  • San Diego Padres and Chargers games
  • Sailing in the San Diego Bay or Mission Bay    
  • Surfing or Kite Surfing
  • Shopping at the Las Americas outlets or Fashion Valley
  • Whale watching
  • Hiking
  • Weekend excursions to Los Angeles or Las Vegas
  • Golf or tennis

2016 Nationality Mix

CISL is dedicated to maintaining an impressive diversity in the classroom. CISL’s Nationality Mix reflects this: no group of students is represented by more than 1/5 of the student population. The CISL classroom is a place to connect with people from around the world, which makes the CISL experience more than just an experience studying in the U.S.: it’s a chance to connect globally! 

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Accreditation

Converse International School of Languages (CISL) in San Diego is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December, 2010 through December, 2024 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703 665-3400, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.cea-accredit.org

Meet the CISL San Diego Team

CISL’s well qualified and dedicated staff members understand the specific needs international students have. The CISL staff members are ready to assist in any way possible!

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Renée Rodriguez
School Director

Tamara Fontana
Academic Manager

Eva Strausberg-Naldini
Junior Program Director

Jessica Rode Salonen
Registrar

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Lynn Timerman
Program Manager,
Executive English

Chris Diaz

Chris Diaz
Host Family
Coordinator

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Cecilia Morales
Career English Program Coordinator

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Susan Russo
CEM
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Accreditation Coordinator

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Timminy Haycock
Front Desk

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 Sonya Dolor
Activities Coordinator

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Joseph Tanner
Assistant Academic Manager
Japanese Student Liaison

 

 

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Testimonials

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CISL was better than I expected. Not because of the program only, but because of the people. They are not regular teachers or staff. They are writers, linguistics, artists and much more. The book and the curriculum are great, but the off topic discussion from these professionals are deep interesting. I learned the language through real topics and conversations, not only from the text book. These types of classes, take the language teaching to a new level. CISL is sophisticated, intellectual, and diverse environment. It gave me more than I expected and it was perfect. Here at CISL, I didn’t have teachers and staff. I had family and friends.

Musab (Saudi Arabia)

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I love Converse because all the teachers are so nice and so friendly. Every day it felt fun. This is my first experience to study abroad. Before I came here I felt nervous but Converse made my life happy. I made many friends and I will never forget this experience.

Ai (Japan)

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This experience is really valuable for me. First, I can get along with friends who are from Switzerland, Brazil and so on. It’s hard to meet them in Korea. Second I was a really lucky guy that learned English from wonderful teachers. They pointed out my weak points that I usually had in a problem. The last one is location. It is located in Downtown San Diego, meaning we can go anywhere easily. I forgot to say that the managers and officers were also kind and friendly. I will miss this trip.

Wookrae (Korea)

 

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