Experience the power of
language and discover
a world of opportunity with
International House San Diego.
Small classes and a homelike atmosphere with an average of
8 students and a maximum of 15 students per class
We provide opportunities to develop fluency in a wide range of ‘real life’ situations by focusing on speaking and listening skills. Students are engaged in authentic, meaningful communication in a variety of contexts.
The core class curriculum is based on an integrated skills approach, incorporating listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills practice useful for everyday application.
IH offers 6 levels of instruction which correlate to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Programs Depending on Your Purpose
We offer 3 General English program options (15, 20, 30 lessons/ per week) and a private program option for adult learners. Each level is based on a sequence of objectives & skill sets that cover a 12-week period.
We run 2 all-inclusive programs for international teens ages 12-17.
The Homestay Program, which offers students the opportunity to live with American host families, is offered in January/February and July/August.
The Residential Program, located on the University of California San Diego campus, is offered in summer only. During this program students live in the university dormitories.
In order to proceed to a partner university without submitting a TOEFL score, it is essential to complete IH Level 4 or 5*. Through periodic counseling, we help students prepare & submit documents throughout the college application process. *Level requirements vary by university.
Students who enroll in the Pathway course study academic English which is focused on reading, writing and discussion.
CELTA is an introductory course in ELT methodology and practice. It is designed for people with little or no previous English language teaching experience or for experienced teachers who need to brush up on their skills. Students in the course will cover the fundamental skills, knowledge, and techniques of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will also have the opportunity to work with real language learners and observe experienced teachers. The CELTA certificate is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Three Courses for
General English Programs
15 lessons per week
The core class curriculum is based on an integrated skills approach, incorporating listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills practice in meaningful contexts. You will have enough free time to enjoy our activities in the afternoon.
20 lessons per week
(Communication Skills + Core Class)
The class provides students additional opportunities to develop fluency in a wide range of ‘real life’ situations by focusing on speaking and listening skills. Students are engaged in authentic, meaningful communication in a variety of contexts. This course is the most popular.
30 lessons per week
(Communication Skills + Core + Elective/
- only offered to students on F-1(student/non-immigrant) visas
You may choose a general elective class that is focused on American culture, idiomatic language or test prep (e.g. TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS). Course offerings in the afternoon are determined by the current demand of learners’ preferences.
Sample Study Plans
- START TOEIC 600s
*Semi-Intensive for 12 weeks
- GOAL Conversational level
Program: General English
Course: Semi- Intensive
- START TOEIC 457
*Intensive－Plus for 24 weeks
- GOAL Enter colleges and universities in the USA
- START IHSD Level 6 (CEFR C1)
*Intensive for 32 weeks
- GOAL Business level
Program: Business English or Private Program
In addition to classes, we also offer activities to immerse students in the community, where they can connect, learn & experience the local culture.
You can enjoy the benefit of a close and familial environment at IHSD. We follow an ”open door policy”, whereby students are free to chat with staff at any time. Our staff is looking forward to creating a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience for you!
- Center Director
International House San Diego is a member of the International House World Organization, an educational trust founded in 1953 with the aim of raising the standards of language teaching worldwide.
The IHWO network includes over 150 affiliate schools in more than 50 different countries. IHWO is committed to ensuring the highest levels of language training through a student-centered approach to learning.
|Name of School||International House San Diego|
|Annual Average Number of Students||600|
|Number of Levels||6 Levels|
|Lesson Length||50 minutes|
|Average Number of Students Per Class||8|
|Accommodation||Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory|
|Address||233 A Street, Suite 310 San Diego, CA, 92101 U.S.A|
|Telephone||+1 (619) 260-1113|
|Access||3 minutes walk from "Civic Center" Trolley Station|