English Language Academy, University of San Diego

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Basic Information

Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA
Phone Number(s): 6192607621
Director: Francine Chemnick

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Additional Information

Ages: Junior Program: 13-17 All other programs: 18 and older

Intensive English, Pathway (for students interested in attending USD), Customized Programs, Summer International Junior Program, Pronunciation of American English Program, Accent Modification, and fully Online College Prep Courses.

School Setting:

The English Language Academy (ELA) is located on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego (USD), renowned for its beauty and Spanish Renaissance- inspired architecture. USD is set at the edge of an international gateway on a campus that's consistently ranked among the nation's most beautiful.

USD is located in one of the world's great diverse urban centers. San Diego's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, where communities and cultures converge, provides our students and faculty members with unique opportunities to learn, to put theory into action and to find new ways to lead purposeful lives.

School Schedule (Hours in a Day): Varies per program
School Size: Intensive English Program averages 120 students throughout the year
Classroom Size: Intensive English Program: 10-15 students on average
Student/Teacher Ratio: 10-15/1

Varies per program; please visit our website

Financial Aid:


Languages used as a Medium of Teaching: English
Credit Available: N/A
Course Levels: 6
Experience Required:

The Intensive English program requires students to have completed high school.   A basic level of English is required as we do not have an absolute beginner level.

Parking Space/Availability:

Parking passes are available for purchase

Support Services:

Our Student Services Advisor provides academic guidance and support for all students enrolled in a full-time program.

For Pathway Students, their progress is closely monitored by the Student Services Advisor, Academic Director, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions throughout the program to ensure success.

Computer Capabilities:

We have a computer lab (with a printer) availabte to students.


We offer information on our website about various types of accommodations for our adult programs.

Customized Programs may include accommodations upon request.

The Summer Junior Program includes a choice of campus or homestay accommodations.

Admissions Requirements:

The Intensive English program requires students to have completed high school.   A basic level of English is required as we do not have an absolute beginner level.

Admissions Deadline:

Varies depending on the program. Please visit our website for details.

Mission Statement:

The English Language Academy offers an intensive English Language proficiency program that helps to improve and strengthen the skills of non-native speakers so they can fulfill the academic requirements of a college or university.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The ELA staff is committed to preparing students to succeed in the social and academic communities of the university, as well as in their lives outside the university. The friendly and dedicated staff is here to help students with academic planning, housing, assistance with obtaining an I-20, social activities, and participating in campus functions.


"ELA taught me the necessary skills to be successful in an American university. The staff was very professional and dedicated." -- Haruhisa / Japan

"The English Language Academy was a perfect opportunity to improve my English in a friendly atmosphere and small group setting. I enjoyed the variety and usefulness of the courses and meeting new friends from all over the world. The instructors were great, always open to helping me even if it was not related to my course work. The time I spent in the program is unforgettable." -- Cvetanka / Bulgaria

"ELA classes gave me a lot of self-confidence. I enjoyed learning English through the discussions with wonderful instructors and classmates from various countries." -- Irina / Russia

"The ELA is the best English school I have ever attended. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to be well-prepared for university level courses." -- Takanobu / Japan

"We just wanted to thank you. Mateo and Macarena had a great time! They now feel more confident to speak, and they met people from a lot of countries, and different cultures. They made friends from all over the world. Definitely 3 weeks that they won't forget! Summer Junior Program 2017 -- Paloma / Mexico

"Attending the ELA helped me to improve my skills in Academic Writing. I enjoyed the instructors and being a part of the program." -- Andry / Switzerland

"After taking classes at the University of San Diego, I improved on my TOEFL test. The grammar we learned was very helpful, as was the information about how to do a Power Point Presentation. This presentation helped me improve my speaking skills and my oral presentation skills in the classroom. I will be teaching in English soon, so I will do whatever I have to do to reach my objective. Thank you, professors, for all of your help." -- Ana / Mexico

"From my perspective, the summer program was such a great experience, not only because of the academic content but because of the whole experience of living for one month in the U.S. This program gave us a chance to improve our English skills, and to meet new and interesting people. The USD facilities are great, and the professors have a lot of knowledge and personal skills to work with the group. This program was a great formative experience which every professor should be able to live at least once in a lifetime. Actually, I think two times would be better!" -- Alejandro / Spain

Program Highlights:
  • Individual skill-based student placement for dynamic learning
  • Small classes averaging 10 to 15 students, offering individualized attention and a strong connection with faculty
  • Highly qualified instructors with graduate degrees in English language teaching, enhancing the educational experience
  • Assistance with various housing and accommodation options, including on- and off-campus housing, or homestay with an American family
  • A University of San Diego Student ID Card, providing access to the university's many facilities and services (e.g. swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, etc.)
  • Opportunities for field trips to reinforce English skills and learn about American culture
  • Friendly, dedicated staff available to help students with academic planning, housing, visa processing, campus functions, social activities and more
  • Certificate issued after successful completion of the program
Additional School Information:

The University of San Diego’s English Language Academy is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Our Intensive English Language Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). In addition, USD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WASC).