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English school in San Diego: LSI - Language Studies International

1706 5th Avenue - 92101 San Diego - see on map
From 220US$ 209US$
per week
LSI - Language Studies International - LSI school building



Rating: 4.2/5.0

Overall school rating of LSI - Language Studies International, San Diego
#2 of 21 English schools in San Diego
Location of the school

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Students 18-30 years

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Students 30-49 years

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Students 50+ years

Rating: 3.5/5.0


What we like about the school

  • The famous San Diego Zoo, the Symphony Hall and San Diego Bay are all within easy walking distance.
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: LSI in San Diego is located in the Bunkers Hills, an uptown part of the city. It is close to Balboa Park, which has a number of golf courses, museums and gardens. Little Italy is the neighbourhood next to Bunkers Hill. This is a pedestrian area, with small boutiques, music venues and cocktail bars. The centre of the city is a 13-minute walk from the school building.

Public transportation: The Santa Fe Depot Train Station is 20 minutes from the school. Students can catch the Pacific Surfliner from the station and travel along the coast of San Diego. There is a central tram system that runs around the GasLamp district and south, along the coast. The closest tram stop from the school is 13 minutes by foot. The silver, orange and silver lines both run through this station.

Main attractions: The attractions in San Diego are spread out throughout the city. Aside from the Balboa Park, the closest attractions, such as the USS Midway Museum are navigable by public transportation from the centre of the city. The things to do further afield, including the Cabrillo National Monument and La Jolla Cove, are easier to reach by car.

*Course structure: The school has general English courses, exam preparation courses in a range of popular English exams, private lessons, mini groups, afternoon classes, a pathway programme and Academic English. Business English courses teach students how to use specific English language used in the business environment, and LSI offers this as a course for students.

School facilities: The school has a student lounge, roof deck and a selection of computers that students can use for self-study. It also has a fridge and microwave for those that want to stay for the lunch break.

Chain school: As a group, Language Studies International (LSI) has schools located in 7 countries throughout the world. These countries include France, the USA, England, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada.

For over 55 years, LSI has been supplying tuition to adults, juniors and teachers. Their schools are accredited internationally by such accreditors as EAQUALS, Accet, the British Council, English New Zealand, Languages Canada, and more.
  • The language school LSI - Language Studies International was founded in San Diego, USA in 1989.
  • Legal name / parent company: Language Studies International (LSI)
  • Tax registration ID: 133158005
  • Abbreviated name of school: LSI San Diego
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English Courses

General Language
Work & Study
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by LSI - Language Studies International
Comments about courses

Beginners must book 12 weeks minimum.

Health insurance: USD 30 per week.

Lesson duration
50 minutes
School's administrative fee
175.00 US$
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 95 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
02 Jan. 2023, 16 Jan. 2023, 20 Feb. 2023, 07 Apr. 2023, 10 Apr. 2023, 29 May 2023, 19 Jun. 2023, 04 Jul. 2023, 04 Sep. 2023, 09 Oct. 2023, 10 Nov. 2023, 23 Nov. 2023, 24 Nov. 2023, 22 Dec. 2023 - 31 Dec. 2023.
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.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per English language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Profiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • 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
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
Note: All courses offered by LSI - Language Studies International, San Diego can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • Beach picnic
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  • LSI student outing
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  • Barbeque
  • Learning
  • Outside the school
    Outside the school10/21
  • In class
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  • students
  • Excursion
  • Picnic
  • Student room
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  • Social activity
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  • LSI San Diego reception
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  • LSI San Diego computer room
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  • Beach day
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  • Group class
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LSI - Language Studies International (LSI)

Accreditations and Quality seals
AAIEPACCETNAFSASEVPPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalBPPE, CATESOL, PIER, EnglishUSA
English teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
50% 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 8:40
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at LSI - Language Studies International and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoTravellers Check - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Printer for student use

  • Video game console

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

    • Arabic homestays available

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 16
    Number of public PC workstations: 20

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

    • We can make accommodations for disabled students as long as they notify us prior to arrival on what they will need to be comfortable.

Additional comment about facilities of school

Video equipment Self-study room

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 200
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 140
Junior courses - In summer: 100
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 40
Minimum age of students
16 years
6 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 7
Adult courses Throughout the year: 7
Average age of students
In summer: 20 years
Throughout the year: 26 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
San Diego International Airport:
145 US$ one way
255 US$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN).
More information about airports around San Diego and how to get from the airport to San Diego on your own here on our San Diego page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from South Korea can travel and study a language course up to 18 hours a week and for a maximum of 90 days without a full visa. It is just necessary to apply online for an ESTA card (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).
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
Express shipment fee (via courier)
85 US$
Free shipment via regular mail
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
Dancing1 km
Diving30 km
Golf30 km
Horse riding60 km
Mountainbiking60 km
Music1 km
Sailing30 km
Skiing280 km
Tennis30 km
Volleyball30 km
Windsurfing30 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Balboa Park Top of the Hyatt Harbor Walk Soccer Volleyball Beach

Adults - Paid activities

Country dancing (USD 20) Salsa dancing (USD 20) Baseball game (USD 18) Sailing (USD 20) Taco Tuesday (USD 15) Nightlife tour (USD 40) Rock climbing (USD 30) Paintball (USD 30) Zoo (USD 25) Dinner and a movie (USD 25) * Dinner and drinks (USD 35)

Junior - Free activities

Balboa Park Top of the Hyatt Harbor Walk Soccer Volleyball Beach

Junior - Paid activities

Go-karts (USD 25) Laser Tag (USD 20) Bowling (USD 15) Sea World (USD 90) Belmont Park (USD 20) Wavehouse (USD 20)
Videos about leisure activities at LSI - Language Studies International San Diego
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Adult Social Programme
Adult Social Programme
Leisure programme for juniors (sample):
Summer Junior Programme 2022
Summer Junior Programme 2022
Leisure programme for juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - juniors (PDF)
Schedule of activities - juniors (PDF)


Ratings of LSI - Language Studies International compared to ratings of all schools in USA

 LSI - Language Studies International San DiegoAverage of all other schools in USA
Overall school rating4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Location of the school4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.8/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0

Social activities4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Quality of teaching4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Value for money3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 3.7/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shared flat3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0

Student Testimonial Videos

Note: The video testimonials of students from LSI - Language Studies International have been provided by the school and schools do not usually publish negative testimonials. For uncensored reviews read the comments from our students.


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    Rating: 5.0/5.0

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    Rating: 3.0/5.0

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    Rating: 4.0/5.0

  11. Q International School
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San Diego city attractiveness rated by our students:

Rating: 4.5/5.0

More information about San Diego including climate data and events on our San Diego page with a list of all 21 English schools in San Diego.

FAQ about LSI - Language Studies International, San Diego

  • English courses at LSI - Language Studies International start at 209 US$ for Afternoon 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Language Studies International
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from San Diego International Airport (145 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Language Studies International varies from 1 students (Private Lessons 10) to 18 students (Junior Program - Summer )
  • 100% of teachers at LSI - Language Studies International hold a university degree. 50% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at LSI - Language Studies International comes from Saudi Arabia with a 26% representation, followed by students from Brazil (24%) and Switzerland (14%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • LSI - Language Studies International offers courses from 6 years (Junior Program - Summer - Tuition Only , 20 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 20 during the summer and 26 for the rest of the year.



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