University of California, San Diego English Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Times Top 100
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Founded in 1960, the University of California, San Diego has grown to be one of the top 15 research universities in the world, celebrated for its transformative faculty that holds Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and MacArthur Fellowships. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla, California, the university’s relaxed atmosphere helps create a positive environment for learning and innovation. The sun-kissed backdrop that follows you everywhere you go also helps.

UCSD is consistently named one of the top 10 public universities in the US

Try something new or pursue a hobby at the 500-plus student organizations

San Diego averages 266 days of sunshine a year

San Diego’s top neighborhoods: Old Town, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter

Spring Semester 2023
Spring Quarter 2023
Program dates:
Late March - Early July
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
19,905
Program dates:
Late March - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
12,965

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
None
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
Homestay
Visa Required:
Required

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Saya Matsuo

At first, I wasn't able to have a good conversation, but I was able to deepen my English and friendships by going out for dinner and hanging out on the beach together.

University of California, San Diego SAF Alumni

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About the University

University of California, San Diego

Initially the university’s marine institute, UC San Diego has grown into a world leader in its own right. In exemplary research and transformative teaching—by faculty that hold Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science, Fields Medals, Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships—UCSD stands out as one of the best universities on the planet. 

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla, California, UC San Diego has a surprisingly relaxed vibe considering the elevated academic drive in its classrooms, lecture halls, labs, and study groups. The 263 sunny days per year, long sandy beaches, and adventure-filled mountains, though, foster the perfect conditions for an active, balanced lifestyle.

Learn more at University of California, San Diego's official website

Academics

University of California, San Diego's Academic Approach

In the Communication & Culture English program at UCSD, you are assigned a conversation partner as a supplement to your course studies. These partners are UCSD students or employees who seek to help international students with English conversation skills and build your language and culture skills by practicing outside of the classroom.

C&C English program also allows access to UCSD Extension’s resources, including highly experienced international student services staff, a state-of-the-art language lab, academic advising and many other facility/resources and activities throughout the campus.

Courses

Classroom Hours

  • 20 hours per week (50 minute classes)
  • 9 weeks per term (week 1 is testing, orientation and registration)

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 20 hours of language instruction per week.

Language Levels

All levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 99-110) are welcome to take this program. Your English proficiency level is determined during the first week of the program.

Elective Courses 

These differ depending on your English proficiency level.

  • Listening through TV and Music
  • American Music
  • American Film
  • TOEFL/TOEIC Preparation
  • Idioms and Slang
  • Everyday English
  • American Culture
  • American Short Story
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Conversation
  • Reading and Writing
  • Current Events
  • Oral Presentations

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

There are no requirements to join this program.
A language test when you arrive determines your skill level.

No prior test is necessary to participate.

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall Quarter 2022

Program dates:
Early October - Early December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
12,675

Fall Quarter 2022 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Early October - Early July
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
35,460

Fall Quarter 2022 + Winter Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Early October - Late February
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
22,200

Fall Quarter 2022 + Winter Quarter 2023 + Spring Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Early October - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
30,015

Spring Quarter 2023 + Summer Quarter 2023 + Fall Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Early December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
36,485

Spring Quarter 2023 + Summer Quarter 2023 + Fall Quarter 2023 + Winter Quarter 2024

Program dates:
Late March - Late February
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
44,670

Spring Quarter 2023 + Summer Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Early September
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
28,740

Spring Semester 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Early July
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
19,905

Spring Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
12,965

Housing Information

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Homestay

To enhance your understanding of American language and culture, you live with a homestay family for the duration of your study abroad experience.

You have a private single bedroom with either a private or shared bathroom. Everything else you share with the family—living space, laundry, breakfast, and dinner—so you fully immerse yourself in all things American.

The SAF program fee covers break stay accommodation but not early arrival housing.

About San Diego

Why San Diego

Home to one of the planet's most transformative universities and most impressive zoos, San Diego, on California's Pacific coast, has a surprisingly relaxed vibe. Its near-constant sun, long sandy beaches, and adventure-filled mountains create the perfect conditions for an active, balanced lifestyle. Its diverse population and strong East Asian communities add to the SoCal welcome as do downtime excursions to Stuart Art Collections, Disneyland, and Universal Studios.

Learn more about San Diego

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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