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EC English, San Francisco, USA

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

433 California street, 2nd Floor - CA 94104 San Francisco - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Right in the centre of Downtown
  • Free language workshops.
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.

What we dislike about the school

  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.

Location: EC English San Francisco is located in the vibrant city of San Francisco, California, USA. Housed in the heart of Downtown, just off Market Street and a short walk from Union Square, EC San Francisco offers students a fantastic opportunity to discover the beauty and attractions of this unique city. The school is surrounded by eateries, cafés, supermarkets, shopping malls and multiple attractions, ensuring that students have all they need to find comfort in the city within easy reach. Such attractions as the Dragons Gate, the Transamerica Pyramid, Chinatown, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Ferry Building are all within walking distance of the school. Trips to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Park, in addition to the several beaches of the area, are easily accessible via the underground, only moments' walk from the school's front doors. San Francisco International Airport is within a 20-minute taxi ride of the school, ensuring that all international arrivals and departures can be made with ease.

School facilities: The school's facilities offer everything adult students may need to reach their language goals, from a motivating and friendly environment. Facilities include an on-site cafeteria, a library, lounge area and WIFI throughout the premises. All classrooms are bright, spacious and equipped with electronic whiteboards, creating an optimal learning environment.

Accommodation: EC San Francisco can assist with accommodation in various Homestay, Residence and Aparthotel facilities local to the school. Meal plans and double room facilities for students travelling together are also available.

School chain: EC English Schools are all part of the larger group of EC Holdings Ltd. As a group, they have pushed boundaries within English tuition, for all levels and age groups, for many years. The group consists of multiple schools, spread throughout locations such as the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Malta, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The "EC Promise" is true throughout all EC locations, promising students that their English level will improve if they follow the 3 steps of attendance, homework and participation. The group ensures that all students will receive a friendly atmosphere to learn in, high-quality tuition and care, a varied social programme to accompany their learning, and appropriate facilities to reach their language goals.
  • The language school EC English was founded in San Francisco, USA in 2010.
  • Tax registration ID: 27-0971682
  • Abbreviated name of school: EC San Francisco
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

English Courses

General Language
Business
Information for all courses offered by EC English
Comments about courses
Students under 18 must book homestay, a return airport transfer and provide a parental consent form. High season supplement not applicable to bookings longer than 12 weeks. Additional fees: - Bank transfer fee: USD 31. - Student insurance (optional) up to 69 years of age: USD 25 (per week). - Course material is USD 40 for the first 4 weeks. It is an extra USD 10 per week after that. - U18 supplement per week USD 25.
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
170.00 US$
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
17 Jan. 2022, 21 Feb. 2022, 31 Mar. 2022, 30 May 2022, 20 Jun. 2022, 04 Jul. 2022, 05 Sep. 2022, 10 Oct. 2022, 11 Nov. 2022, 24 Nov. 2022 - 25 Nov. 2022, 26 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
Note: All courses offered by EC English, San Francisco can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Videos & Photos

  • EC English - School Presentation1/10
  • EC English - General School Video2/10
  • EC English - Student Interviews3/10
  • Studying at EC English
    Studying at EC English4/10
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EC English (EC)

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
English teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
90% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:15
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: * Montgomery.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 5 minutes
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at EC English and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoMaestro - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Library

  • Lounge

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms:

    15

    Number of public PC workstations:

    23

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:12
Throughout the year: 12
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 8
Adult courses Throughout the year: 8
Average age of students
In summer: 21 years
Throughout the year: 23 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
San Francisco International Airport:
140 US$ one way
280 US$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is San Francisco International (SFO).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa for travelling to USA and attending a language course.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
75 US$
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet-
Baseball-
Basketball-
Cooking-
Dancing1 km
Diving5 km
Football (soccer)-
Golf8 km
Horse riding25 km
Mountainbiking25 km
Music1 km
Sailing2 km
Skiing275 km
Squash1 km
Swimming-
Tennis5 km
Volleyball5 km
Windsurfing5 km
Yoga-

Accommodation

Reviews

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Rating: 4.2/5.0

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EC English, San Francisco
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The course is of no use if you go home after school and watch YouTube in your own language, I saw this with a friend and he made basically no progress. As a course participant, you shouldn't miss out on doing things with the others and on simply speaking English.
Other comments: I can only recommend it at the moment, although there is a big problem about a far too high payment in a friend's booking, where it is still unclear right now which party (school or residence) is asking for this unannounced extra payment.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Find accommodation near the school.
Other comments: Good weather to study.

Brochures

2022 Brochure for EC English
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2022 Price list for EC English
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    FAQ about EC English, San Francisco

  • The prices shown on the website are per person, which means that the price you see is the price that each of the occupants of that room has to pay. Please, remember that the school can only provide accommodation to those people who are also going to take a course, but not to the companions if they are only looking for accommodation since beds are limited and the school has to keep them for paying students.
    Suzanne Unnus Camilleri, Senior Sales & Admissions Executive from EC English
    13-08-2021
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of EC English
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from San Francisco International Airport (140 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at EC English varies from 15 students (Semi-Intensive English) to 15 students (Semi-Intensive English)
  • 100% of teachers at EC English hold a university degree. 90% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at EC English comes from Saudi Arabia with a 20% representation, followed by students from Korea (19%) and Japan (14%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • EC English offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 21 during the summer and 23 for the rest of the year.
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