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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
170
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
  • Multimedia classroom

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 Activities, Career Preparation and College Pathways. 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.

  • 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

    Lead Teacher

    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.
  • Sarah Teigen

    Student Advisor

    Sarah works as a student advisor and helps coordinate housing for San Diego students. Sarah has her masters in International Education Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and is passionate about helping students enjoy their experience 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.

  • TUE

    27

    JUN 2017

    Free Museum Tuesday

    Free Museum Tuesday

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: Free with Student ID

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Visit the fascinating Air and Space, and Automotive Museums.

  • TUE

    27

    JUN 2017

    Free Museum Tuesday

    Free Museum Tuesday

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: Free with Student ID

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Visit the fascinating Air and Space, and Automotive Museums.

  • WED

    28

    JUN 2017

    Free Yoga

    Free Yoga

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: GLC

    Why go? Relax, de-stress and stretch with Sue Ann every Wednesday.

  • THU

    29

    JUN 2017

    Baseball Game

    Baseball Game

    Time: 6:00PM | Price: $15

    Meeting point: In stadium

    Why go? Join Stafford House and support San Diego's home baseball team, the Padres!

  • FRI

    30

    JUN 2017

    Student Appreciation

    Student Appreciation

    Time: | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Join us in the student lounge for a special treat :)

  • SAT

    01

    JUL 2017

    Free Summer Concerts

    Free Summer Concerts

    Time: 5-7PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Upas St

    Why go? Enjoy free live music in Bird Park.

  • SUN

    02

    JUL 2017

    Ranger-led Park Tour

    Ranger-led Park Tour

    Time: 11AM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Balboa Park Visitors Center - House of Hospitality

    Why go? Learn more about Balboa Parks historical and botanical treasures.

  • MON

    03

    JUL 2017

    Study Group

    Study Group

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

    Meeting point: Room B

    Why go? Meet teacher Carina in Room B for extra English practice.

  • TUE

    04

    JUL 2017

    No School

    No School

    Time:

    Why go? Enjoy the July 4th festivities commemorating Independence Day.

  • WED

    05

    JUL 2017

    Free Yoga

    Free Yoga

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: GLC

    Why go? Relax, de-stress and stretch with Sue Ann every Wednesday.

  • THU

    06

    JUL 2017

    Bingo

    Bingo

    Time: 10AM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Kitchen

    Why go? Play for free, have fun, and maybe win a prize!

  • FRI

    07

    JUL 2017

    San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo

    Time: 12.30PM | Price: 15

    Why go? See 650 species of animals at the world famous San Diego Zoo!

  • SAT

    08

    JUL 2017

    LA overnight

    LA overnight

    Time: | Price: 180

    Why go? Take a fun tour of LA with West Coast Adventures.

  • SUN

    09

    JUL 2017

    All Natural Exhibition

    All Natural Exhibition

    Time: 11AM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: 725 W Broadway, Downtown.

    Why go? Beautiful SDSU art exhibit using natural resources.

  • MON

    10

    JUL 2017

    Study Group

    Study Group

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

    Meeting point: Room B

    Why go? Meet teacher Carina in Room B for extra English practice.

  • MON

    10

    JUL 2017

    Free Museums

    Free Museums

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Visit the Museum of Photographic Arts, or find out more about San Diego's History.

  • TUE

    11

    JUL 2017

    FREE Museum Tuesday

    FREE Museum Tuesday

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: Free with Student ID

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Our ECI, MJ, will take you to enjoy free museums in Balboa Park. Sign up in the student lounge.

  • WED

    12

    JUL 2017

    British English and Tea

    British English and Tea

    Time: 2.45PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Do you have questions about British English

  • WED

    12

    JUL 2017

    British English and Tea

    British English and Tea

    Time: 2.45PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Do you have questions about British English

  • WED

    12

    JUL 2017

    Bowling

    Bowling

    Time: 1.30PM | Price: 7

    Why go? Half Price Wednesdays at Tavern and Bowl. Enjoy bowling and happy hour at the same time.

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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.

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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