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San Diego

San Diego combines the benefits, and attractions of living in a big city with year-round idyllic weather. It is perfect place to learn English while living an active, outdoor lifestyle. Whether it’s the beach, the park, or the world famous San Diego Zoo, you’ll never lack for something to do outdoors in your new city. Plus, every July, San Diego becomes the center of the film and pop culture universe when Comic Con takes over the city.

Top 5 things to see in San Diego

  • San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo

  • Balboa Park

    Balboa Park

  • The Gaslamp Quarter

    The Gaslamp Quarter

  • Beautiful beaches

    Beautiful beaches

  • Seaport Village

    Seaport Village

The School

Stafford House San Diego (formerly known as Intrax) school is located in the Gas Lamp neighborhood in downtown San Diego. Renovated in May 2016, our school has modern technology throughout and a roof terrace for student use. Shopping, restaurants and great nightlife are all nearby your English school. There is also quick access to many bus and trolley lines that will provide you access to many parts of the city.

Capacity
220
Classrooms
16
Lessons
45 minutes long
Student Computers
15
Students in class
Average 10 (max 15)

School Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Student kitchen
  • Self study area
  • 65" Interactive screens
  • Global learning center

Accommodation

Where you live is key to your happiness and academic success. Whether you prefer the independence of a student residence or the familiarity of homestay, our accommodation options are chosen to offer you the flexibility of choice and quality you deserve.

Homestay Accommodations

Living with an American family is a unique way to experience American traditions and culture first-hand. You will practice your English language skills with real Americans every day. If you would like to stay in a homestay, you are placed with a trusted family in the San Diego area. Each family is carefully screened and interviewed. We have single rooms or rooms with roommates. Families provide you with breakfast and dinner every week (14 meals). Most host families are located within 40-60 minutes of Stafford House Centers by public transportation.

Please note: You must give at least four weeks notice before you arrive so we can make sure your homestay is available and reserved. If you have any questions about living with an American family, you can contact the Housing Coordinator.

Residence Club Accommodations

When you choose to live in a Residence Club you will enjoy an independent living situation with an international atmosphere, dormitory-style housing and meal options or shared kitchen. Residence clubs also provide an opportunity to get to know students and travelers from all over the world.

Independent Housing Options

You can reserve your own accommodation, and there is a lot of choice! A Stafford House staff member has visited all of these places and we think they are great value and close to Stafford House. You can find more information about reservations on their websites. You must reserve them directly- we cannot book these for you.

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Meet our team

All of our teachers hold teaching qualifications ranging from certificate to diploma level and are committed to continuous development and share our passion for learning with our students.

  • Alana Ritchison

    Student Advisor                             

    Alana is committed to enhancing the student experience and is responsible for Accommodations and student services. As a member of the front desk team, she is also available to offer general guidance on school and the local area. Alana loves working with international students and has been working in Education as a teacher and guidance counselor for ten years. Originally from the UK, Alana has also lived in Thailand and Taiwan before settling here in San Diego. 

  • Fernanda Crowe

    Center Director                               

    Fernanda Crowe had previously worked at the San Diego school from 2004 to 2014 when she took on a national role as Director of Student Experience – managing both the Academics and Student Services team.  She’s happy to be back in the center where she can interact more with students while still managing the Academics team. She is responsible for ensuring students receive a high quality education and enjoy their time at Stafford House. She loves seeing our students gain confidence in their English skills and make lifelong friends with classmates from all over the world.

  • Linda Murray

    Student Services Manager

    Linda is committed to enhancing the student experience and oversees the Student Services team, which includes Accommodations, Activities and Administration. She can give you plenty of guidance on school matters as well as fun and interesting activities to do in San Diego. Linda started her career as an ESL teacher and loves working with international students. She has worked in ESL schools in Australia, the UK, Italy and the USA and has more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and management. She is also a Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Examiner and speaks fluent Italian. Originally from Sydney Australia, she thinks that San Diego is one of the best places in the world to study English! 

  • Nicole Bollhalder

    Director of Studies & Curriculum Developer

    Nicole began as a teacher at Stafford House in 2010. She has taught English around the world and uses that experience to support our students and teachers in San Diego. 

  • Patti Cates

    Assistant Director of Studies

    Patti Cates has a Master of Arts in English Linguistics from the San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish. She has taught English in Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Berkeley and now here in San Diego with Stafford House.

  • Vanessa Fennell

    Administrative Coordinator

    Vanessa has been working at the San Diego School since 2014 as the admininistrative coordinator helping students with  admissions, visa and program related services. As a former international student, with a Master Degree in comparative Law, Vanessa has a great understanding of students needs and she is always excited to help students to achieve their goals.

 
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Social Programme

It takes more than English classes to learn a new language and our social programmes activities in San Diego provide that extra experience that is so crucial to fuel fluency. Our Activity Leaders are passionate about San Diego and Southern California and take students on activities designed to show off the special aspects of this great city, allowing students to fully immerse in, and experience, their new home.

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    26

    APR 2018

    Study Group

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    Study Group

    Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Room B

    Why go? Teacher Carina will answer your English questions and give you the extra help you need.

  • FRI

    27

    APR 2018

    San Diego Zoo

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    San Diego Zoo

    Time: After graduation | Price: $12- Bus pass needed

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? San Diego Zoo is one of the biggest and most famous in the world, come along and see all of your favorite animals!

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    28

    APR 2018

    The Mercato

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    The Mercato

    Time: 8.30AM-2PM in Little Italy | Price: Free

    Meeting point: 519 W Cedar St

    Why go? Ciao! Come to the market to soak up the atmosphere and get all of your favorite Italian goods!

  • SUN

    29

    APR 2018

    Chocolate Festival

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    Chocolate Festival

    Time: 10AM | Price: Free-$25

    Meeting point: Maritime Museum of SD, 1492 North Harbor Drive

    Why go? There will be vendors selling all types of chocolate, fun and crafts, for all ages!

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    30

    APR 2018

    Seaport Village/Rooftop

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    Seaport Village/Rooftop

    Time: 1:30PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's explore cute little Seaport Village, and finish it up with breathtaking views from the Hyatt's rooftop

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    01

    MAY 2018

    Photography Workshop

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    Photography Workshop

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: GLC room

    Why go? Join teacher Carina and Julie in their workshop and learn loads about photography!

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    02

    MAY 2018

    SDSU Scavenger Hunt

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    SDSU Scavenger Hunt

    Time: 2:40PM | Price: FREE-Bus pass needed

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Learn about San Diego State University, explore the campus and interview SDSU students.

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    MAY 2018

    Study Group

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    Study Group

    Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Room B

    Why go? Teacher Carina will answer your English questions and give you the extra help you need.

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    04

    MAY 2018

    Soccer

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    Soccer

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's play soccer either in Balboa Park or at the beach!

  • SAT

    05

    MAY 2018

    Viva North Park 2018

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    Viva North Park 2018

    Time: 11:30AM-11PM | Price: FREE EVENT

    Meeting point: At University Ave and 30th Street

    Why go? Join the fun for Cinco de Mayo, this is a free community celebration, enjoy street food, live music and much more! Viva North Park 2018!

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    06

    MAY 2018

    SD Burger Week

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    SD Burger Week

    Time: | Price: $6 Burgers

    Meeting point: Over 50 locations in San Diego

    Why go? Presented by CityBeat Magazine, to find your burgers go to sandiegoburgerweek.com

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    07

    MAY 2018

    TV Sitcom Club

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    TV Sitcom Club

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Come along and watch an episode of Friends, to practice your listening skills, as well as learning new vocabulary.

  • TUE

    08

    MAY 2018

    Old Town+Churros

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    Old Town+Churros

    Time: 2:40PM | Price: FREE and bring your bus pass

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's explore Old Town, the birthplace of California. Great for shopping and famous sites.

  • WED

    09

    MAY 2018

    Foosball World Cup 2018

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    Foosball World Cup 2018

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Find yourself a partner to compete in Stafford House's World Cup Foosball competition! Winners will receive a prize, so start practicing now!

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    10

    MAY 2018

    Study Group

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    Study Group

    Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Room B

    Why go? Teacher Carina will answer your English questions and give you the extra help you need.

  • FRI

    11

    MAY 2018

    The Great Room Escape

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    The Great Room Escape

    Time: After Graduation | Price: $25 per game

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? The ancient Aztec temple seems to be collapsing, you might be trapped forever! Can you and your group save yourselves before time runs out?

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    12

    MAY 2018

    Outdoor Movie: COCO

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    Outdoor Movie: COCO

    Time: 8PM-10PM | Price: FREE EVENT

    Meeting point: Arts District Liberty Station 2640 Historic Decatur Rd - 92106

    Why go? This is a free outdoor film. Grab a picnic, blanket, or low chair and spend the evening under the stars watching a movie on the big screen.

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    13

    MAY 2018

    Balboa Park Free Concert

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    Balboa Park Free Concert

    Time: 11AM-3PM | Price: FREE EVENT

    Meeting point: Spreckels Organ Pavillon 2125 Pan American Rd -92101

    Why go? Why not do a Ranger-led tour at 11AM from the Visitor Info Center, and then at 2PM see the free Organ Pavilion concert?

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    14

    MAY 2018

    Cultural Day-JAPAN

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    Cultural Day-JAPAN

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Don't miss out on the Stafford House Cultural Day! Our Japanese students will teach us some of their culture.

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    15

    MAY 2018

    Balboa Park

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    Balboa Park

    Time: 1:30PM | Price: FREE- bus pass and student ID needed

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's enjoy the afternoon in the park. You will also have a chance to go to museums for free as long as you bring your student ID.

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Nationality Mix

A healthy mix is key to students progression in English language and at Stafford House we are proud of a wide nationality mix across all our centres.

Top 5 Nationalities

  • Saudi Arabian
  • Brazilian
  • Japanese
  • Turkish
  • Korean

Meet our students

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read detailed student profiles.

  • Cagla

    Cagla

    Turkey

    Studying in San Diego has been an amazing and important experience in my life. Teachers are highly motivated and well educated. Nobody has to hesitate to ask, if something was unclear.

  • Chien-Ting

    Chien-Ting

    Taiwan

  • Eunbyoul

    Eunbyoul

    South Korea

  • Hassan

    Hassan

    Saudi Arabia

  • Jill

    Jill

    Taiwan

    I still keep in touch with my friends from San Diego every day and I really want to go back to America.

  • Meltem

    Meltem

    Turkey

  • Patty

    Patty

    Taiwan

    I have to say my Career Preparation Activity exceeded my expectations. The company was very generous and my co-workers are very friendly to me.

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    South Korea

    On the first day in Career Preparation Activity, my boss asked me what do I wanted to do and I said something about marketing. Then she gave me whole marketing projects related to the company.

  • Tsubasa

    Tsubasa

    Japan

    I enjoyed my experience in the CPA program and was placed at Marriot San Diego. This experience is precious for me because I could talk with a lot of native speaker. Because of this school, I could improve my English skill and also get many friends from all over the world.

 
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Our Courses

We have a range of programmes to suit all english levels. You can count on our experienced teachers to empower and guide you through your journey in English, they go the extra mile to immerse you in their language and culture.

Sample Timetables

The Essential programme consists of the Core Course in the morning.

Morning
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE

Standard General English, Business and Exam preparation programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus one module. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated one afternoon module class
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.20-13.20                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON

Intensive General English, Business and Exam preparation programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus two modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated two afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.20-13.20                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.35-14.35                                                        MODULE 2

Super Intensive General English, Business and Exam preparation programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus three modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated three afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.20-13.20                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.35-14.35                                                        MODULE 2
                                                         BREAK
14.45-15.45                                                        MODULE 3

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