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San Francisco

A global center for technology development, San Francisco is the most international of all American cities. Ideal weather, excellent food, and a personality all its own, San Francisco offers students an excellent opportunity to learn English in a unique setting.

Top 5 things to see in San Francisco

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge

  • Cable Cars

    Cable Cars

  • Alcatraz Island

    Alcatraz Island

  • Fisherman’s Wharf

    Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Lombard Street

    Lombard Street

The School

Stafford House San Francisco (formerly known as Intrax) school is located in the financial district within walking distance of the San Francisco Bay, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. All forms of public transportation, including the BART subway and the famous Cable Cars are minutes away. In a brand-new location since December 2015, the school has a modern design to improve learning and student enjoyment including interactive white boards and global learning center.

Capacity
300
Classrooms
21
Lessons
45 minutes long
Student Computers
14
Students in class
Average 10 (max 15)

School Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Student kitchen
  • Self study area
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • 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 a family is an excellent way to really experience American traditions and culture. It’s also a perfect opportunity to practice your English language skills with real Americans every day.

If you choose our homestay option, you will stay with a family in the Bay Area. We have carefully checked and interviewed them and we trust them to provide you with a great stay! You can choose to have a single room, or share a room with another student. Families provide 14 meals per week (breakfast and dinner). 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.

  • Heather Macnaughton

    Student Services Manager

    Heather coordinates the Career Preparation Activity, college advising and student activities. She has previous experience working in an international school in London, England, and has lived in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Spain. 

  • Jenefer Johnson

    Center Director

    Jenefer has been the Center Director in San Francisco since 2013. Her previous experiences include teaching and developing English language curriculums. She is passionate about making her school reflect the diverse and tech savvy city of San Francisco. 

  • Jose Galvao

    Student Enrollment Advisor

    Jose is the Student Enrollment Advisor at Stafford House San Francisco and is responsible for recruiting and enrolling new students at his center. Jose was born and raised in Brazil where he studied Tourism management. He came to the U.S. in 2012 where he worked for a Cruise Line in their Guest Services department.  Jose is passionate about building new relations and believes the students have an unique opportunity when they arrive at our school, which they will take for the rest of their lives.

  • Kaci Anderson

    Student Advisor

    Kaci is a Student Advisor and helps San Francisco students with their housing. She has studied, lived and worked in France and really enjoys sharing intercultural stories and helping students learn about life in the United States.

  • Mako Honda

    Administrative Coordinator

    As the Administrative Coordinator, Mako helps students with admissions, student records, changes and payments.  She is from Japan, and has studied in Denmark as an exchange student and worked as an au pair in the US. She is passionate about international education, and loves assisting students pursue their personal and academic goals while they study abroad.

  • Rob Marshall

    Director of Studies

    Rob has been the Academic Supervisor in San Francisco school since 2013. He is responsible for managing the teaching staff and their professional development as well as maintaining an excellent student experience in our classes. His previous experience includes teaching English for over seven years in Europe, the US, Asia and South America.

 
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Social Programme

It takes more than time in a classroom to learn English and our Social Programmes provide that extra experience that is so crucial to full fluency. Our Activity Leaders are passionate about San Francisco 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.

  • THU

    19

    OCT 2017

    Clancy's Pumpkin Patch

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    Clancy's Pumpkin Patch

    Time: 1:45 PM | Price: Free / $ for bus / optional $

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? PUMPKINS! A fall tradition- see ghosts and scarecrows in the field, crawl through a hay maze or take a hay ride in the middle of SF!

  • FRI

    20

    OCT 2017

    Alcatraz Tour

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    Alcatraz Tour

    Time: 1:00 PM | Price: $37.25 tour ticket (limited tickets available)

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? Ferry boat ride and audio tour of the famous island prison, ALCATRAZ!

  • SAT

    21

    OCT 2017

    Potrero Hill Festival

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    Potrero Hill Festival

    Time: 11 AM - 4 PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: 20th Street between Missouri

    Why go? Enjoy over 100 local food vendors and artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment and more. https://potrerofestival.com/

  • SUN

    22

    OCT 2017

    Bernal Heights party

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    Bernal Heights party

    Time: 10 AM - 4 PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Cortland and Bocana Avenues

    Why go? Fiesta on the Hill - Live bands, dancing, street artists, pumpkin carving, petting zoos, a variety of food. http://www.bhnc.org/fiesta-2017.html

  • MON

    23

    OCT 2017

    Monster Movie Pizza

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    Monster Movie   Pizza

    Time: | Price: $3.00 for Pizza- pay by 10:30am Monday, October 23

    Meeting point: Global Learning Center (GLC) 2nd floor

    Why go? Gather your friends if you're easy to scare.... It's a Halloween monster movie and pizza to share! Pay by deadline so we know how much pizza to order!

  • TUE

    24

    OCT 2017

    Pumpkin Carving Contest

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    Pumpkin Carving Contest

    Time: 2:00 PM | Price: $2 - pay by 4:00pm Monday, October 23

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? Carve a pumpkin with a team to make a Jack-Lantern! Win Prizes!! Sign up by the deadline so we know how many pumpkins we need!

  • WED

    25

    OCT 2017

    How to: Halloween Costume

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    How to: Halloween Costume

    Time: 1:45 | Price: Free / optional shopping money ($5 - $20)

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? What to do for a Halloween costume? Don’t spend a lot of money! Learn how to make cheap and cool costumes. We will shop together at thrift stores!

  • THU

    26

    OCT 2017

    Make Edible Zombie Hands

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    Make Edible Zombie Hands

    Time: 1:45 PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? Create a scary snack with popcorn and candy. Scare your friends or share with friends!

  • FRI

    27

    OCT 2017

    Warriors Basketball Game

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    Warriors Basketball Game

    Time: 6:15 PM | Price: $75 Sold Out

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? Cheer for the NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors! Tickets sold out. Questions? Ask at the front desk.

  • SAT

    28

    OCT 2017

    Halloween Party

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    Halloween Party

    Time: Volunteer 11am-4pm. Party 9pm - 2am | Price: Free for volunteers. Or, see website to buy ticket

    Meeting point: See Front Desk

    Why go? Get a free ticket to this awesome International Halloween party at a beautiful, downtown hotel! Volunteer to help set-up the party at the front desk.

  • SUN

    29

    OCT 2017

    Treasure Island Market

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    Treasure Island Market

    Time: 10 AM - 4 PM | Price: $3

    Meeting point: Treasure Island. Avenue N

    Why go? Spook-tacular Halloween Market

  • MON

    30

    OCT 2017

    Guess for Charity

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    Guess for Charity

    Time: 12:00 | Price: $3 per guess

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? Guess how many spiders are in the jar! If your guess wins, you “trick” a teacher of staff at the Halloween Party! All guess money goes to charity.

  • TUE

    31

    OCT 2017

    Halloween Costume Contest

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    Halloween Costume Contest

    Time: 12:00 noon | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge 3rd floor

    Why go? It’s Halloween party time. Show off your Halloween costume during our contest! Many prizes for best costumes!

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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

  • Brazilian
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Taiwanese

Meet our students

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

  • Akin

    Akin

    Turkey

  • Arthur

    Arthur

    Brazil

  • Beril

    Beril

    Turkey

  • Carolina

    Carolina

    Brazil

    I loved the people I met in San Francisco, everyone, including students and staff. My teachers were incredible, I've learned a lot with them.

  • Charles

    Charles

    France

  • Cindi

    Cindi

    Brazil

    When I came to San Francisco to take some classes I couldn't imagine how it would change my life. When I went back to Brazil I got the job I wanted because my English was better.

  • Claire

    Claire

    Taiwan

  • Fabiola

    Fabiola

    Brazil

  • Kazune

    Kazune

    Japan

  • Luke

    Luke

    Taiwan

  • Nasser

    Nasser

    Brazil

    I already knew about San Francisco and I am glad that I chose Stafford House. The staff was awesome and the teachers were outstanding. So if you're planning to study English abroad, come to Stafford House.

  • Rodrigo

    Rodrigo

    Brazil

    I would recommend Stafford House to my friends. When I arrived in San Francisco, I had many meetings and presentations. With One-to-One English classes, I could make completely tailor made classes according to my needs and objectives. All my teachers were so prepared. In my case, I could identify the specific pronunciation and grammar to improve my presentations and meetings. The classes have helped me with my goals!

  • Shoko

    Shoko

    Japan

    I really enjoyed being exposed to challenging materials and participating in in-class activities that pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

 
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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
12.30-13.30                                                        MODULE 2 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
12.30-13.30                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.45-14.45                                                        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
12.30-13.30                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.45-14.45                                                        MODULE 2
                                                         BREAK
14.55-15.55                                                        MODULE 3