San Diego

Modern city with balmy beaches and a laid-back attitude
San Diego

San Diego is called America's Finest City. It’s located in the very south of sunny California, not far from the Mexican border. The city centre is on beautiful San Diego Harbour . It’s a water city. With lots of nearby attractions. San Diego has a wonderful climate, sunny blue skies, and beautiful beaches, islands, and peninsulas. It is modern, safe and clean and attracts people from all over the world. San Diego’s sunny days mean you can sail, swim, surf, and play golf and tennis all year-round.

San Diego School

Converse International School of Languages San Diego

Converse International School of Languages (CISL) has been a leader in English language training since opening in 1972. The school is unique in that it has a maximum of 8 students per class and a variety of English courses to choose from. CISL has both adult courses and Junior (ages 13-17) programmes all over the US in excellent university campuses. A wide diversity of students come from all over the world to learn English with CISL. 

where is it?

  • CISL is located in beautiful San Diego, California in the heart of the city. The Gaslamp district in downtown San Diego is full of restaurants, attractions, and has close proximity to our lovely beaches.

where can i sleep?

  • Homestay: Most homestays are about 25–40 minutes by public transport
  • Student residences: Some are two minutes on foot from the school and others a 15 minute walk.
  • Student House


  • General English (Full-time and Part-time)
  • Certified Cambridge Testing Centre offering exams 3 times per year
    • Cambridge English: First Certificate Preparation (FCE)
    • Cambridge English: Advanced Certificate Preparation (CAE)
  • IELTS Exam Preparation
  • TOEFL Exam Preparation
  • TOEIC Exam Preparation
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Executive English (4 students maximum per class)
  • Career English (6+ weeks of ESL followed by a 6-8-week placement at a local business)
  • Pathway (provides student admission to accredited, reputable American colleges or universities)
  • Private lessons
  • English plus Surfing
  • Junior Programmes


  • Max class size: 8 students 4 for Executive English
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • School capacity: 100 Students on main campus
  • Average age: 25
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Over 50 years of teaching experience
  • Interactive Teaching Method
  • Levels from basic to advanced
  • Balanced mix of nationalities
  • English Courses 28 lessons or 20 lessons (morning or afternoon)
  • Programs available with or without student visa
  • Lessons are 50 minutes
  • 26 classrooms
  • Student computers and free Wi-Fi
  • Student Lounge and large lobby for gathering
  • Registration for CAE or FCE exam
  • Airport transfer from San Diego International Airport


Career English (6+ weeks of ESL followed by 6-8 weeks placement at a local business) - this is not an internship or job skills program; this is designed to improve English in a real-life setting.


A great outdoor lifestyle with swimming, beach volleyball, river cruises, surfing, kite-boarding, kayaking and sailing right across the street from school, extensive cycle paths, hiking trails and international triathlon and surfing competitions. The school runs regular weekend excursions to nearby tourist destinations.

The Language House likes

The amazing weather and great location. San Diego has a comfortable climate year-round. The temperature stays around 25.5°C in summer and just 15.5°C in the colder months. Sunny San Diego is minutes away from the beaches, mountains, desert, Los Angeles, Disneyland, and Mexico with easy weekend trips to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

 CISL has had some famous students through the years from Spanish royalty to professional soccer and baseball players!