Our school in San Diego

Our school is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego right next to the Civic theater. We’re close to Balboa Park where you can find Museums and the world-famous San Diego Zoo and up the street from Horton Plaza which is a really big mall. There you can shop with your friends for brand-name clothes and shoes like Levi’s and Vans, electronics, skateboards, and much, much more. If shopping isn’t your activity, then that’s not a problem. There’s also a movie theater there where you can watch the latest movies, or hang out at the food court and get something quick to eat. The Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Waterfront Park are also within walking distance so you can bring along your new friends and classmates and enjoy all of San Diego’s best attractions together

Fun fact, we’re also very close to the convention center near the harbor. During the summer, the world famous San Diego Comic Con happens there every year. During this time you see a lot of people wearing cosplay and there is always a chance of seeing celebrities from the movies around Comic Con eating at restaurants or enjoying sights in San Diego. Who knows, you could be laying next to Channing Tatum or Emma Watson on the beach!

Our school is very modern and is designed to make you comfortable as soon as you walk in! There’s WiFi throughout the whole school. The classrooms are bright since they have big windows to let light in, and every classroom has a TV to help our students learn English in the most effective way. One of the best part of the school is our open student lounge. There you can sit and relax on and hang out during breaks. There’s also a snack machine and a tea and coffee machine. Some evenings the school also hosts movie nights with a big screen and projector, of course, with a lot of popcorn.

Our staff is super friendly and we treat you like family. We can be found in our services pod near the front of the school and are available whenever you have a question no matter how small or big the question is! We can help you with questions about your class and course, and even questions about San Diego or things to see.

Our courses

Teen Camps
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Teen Course 9 15 No Apply now
Future global leaders 8 15 No Apply now
Teen Course & Surfing 9 15 No Apply now

Our accommodations – Your home away from home

Finding the right accommodation in a foreign country can be stressful and we understand that feeling at home is a crucial part of your study abroad experience.

Homestay is a great option for you to experience the American Culture while still maintaining a feeling of safety and comfort within a family setting. Each family has been pre-screened and carefully selected based on its comfort, cleanliness and convenient location.

CEL offers you a selection of options to fit your specific needs including “Premium Families” (closer to school, less commute time) and Shuttle Services to and from school.


  • Carefully selected families
  • Most families offer free Wifi
  • Avg. distance 45 minutes

Our activities

"Fun" Diego

San Diego is famous for miles of beaches as far as your eyes can see and beyond on the coast of California. It’s not only a surfer’s paradise. American’s call San Diego “America’s Finest City.” And it is true. San Diego has visitors from many countries all year round because they come to enjoy the 300+ days of sunny weather that you can only find in San Diego. It’s also a great city to explore, do activities, or eat and discover the local food. No matter what you’re interested in, San Diego will have something for you.

Many come for the beach and sunny weather, but stay for the chill and relaxed atmosphere you can find throughout the city. Whether you’re enjoying a day at Balboa Park or surfing at the beach, San Diego has always something for you to do. There are many places for you to shop until you drop with designer brands like Hollister or Vans. You can watch the local sports teams play and learn about American sports like Baseball from the locals. They love explaining the rules to visitors so that they can share in experiencing the events.

In the summer, San Diego plays host to the world-famous Comic Con where celebrities from the movies fly to San Diego and participate in the convention. During this time, celebrities hang around local spots so there’s always a good chance you might meet one of them around the city. If you like music, then San Diego is also the city for you. San Diego has many concerts throughout the year. Music like Rock to Pop to EDM, and even Hip Hop, there is a concert for you to enjoy. Artists like Pink, Snoop Dogg, and Macklemore have come through and performed in San Diego. Many of which perform during San Diego’s Music festival called Kaaboo.

Another thing that happens in the summer in San Diego, is the San Diego County Fair. You can visit the fair where they have games, roller coaster rides, and many different types of foods for you to try. The county fair is a celebration of San Diego, so you can see many aspects of San Diego featured at the Fair. There’s a lot of art exhibitions, animals from local farms on display, and even crafts and design shows that are all locally made.

You will not be bored. Guaranteed.

San Diego - America's finest city
Known as America’s finest city
Endless white sandy beaches
More than 300 days of sunshine per year
Surfer's paradise
Sports on the beach
Close to Los Angeles


CEL Summer Camps
233 A Street, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101

+1 619 234 7466

+1 619 810 4445


8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Pacific Time)

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Check out what students are saying about us

The school and the surf camp was awesome! I made a lot of new friends from all over the world. This was my best summer ever:)
5.0 stars from Wilma. 13 years. Teen Course & Surfing in San Diego
I had a great time here in San Diego! The teachers were amazing and I really liked the Kayaking trip with the other students.
5.0 stars from Sophia. 14 years. Teen Course in San Diego