EC English Language Schools: Los Angeles

401 Wilshire Boulevard, Floor 2, Santa Monica, CA 90401, US
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EC English Language Schools: Los Angeles offers the following course types:

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reviews

Reviews

75% recommend

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"Amazing, inspiring and definitely unforgettable."

Debby Maria Baars, student from Netherlands

In the beginning they gave me the advice to start in the proficiency level. It was challenging and I just forgot about my insecurities in that class because my classmates and teachers told me it's okay to make mistakes. I was happy that I chose the semi-intensive course because I had enough time to spend after or before school. The teachers were nice, especially Monica and Charlene, I liked Charlene's lessons the most because we did some nice activities sometimes.

I stayed in the Barrington Plaza, a great apartment, but we missed some kitchen utensils and the house keep didn't show up a few times. But it was okay, the location is perfect. Zuma housing wasn't very helpful, when I wanted to help my roommate with asking questions they said that she had to contact them on her own. But the reason I helped her was because her English wasn't very good.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
6 weeks
Date of study
11 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"I was able to improve my language skills through interesting conversations, I also met some interesting people from around the world."

Anna Maria Mäkelä, student from Finland

Teachers were great! It's good that one student has many different kinds of teachers (age, background and gender). The location was very suitable for me - I was able to go by bike. Activities didn't interest me at all. They were over priced, and we were able to connect with each other and made up activities of our own with my classmates.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
7 Dec 2015 - 25 Dec 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Simply, it was horrible."

Hassan Nouh H Alyahya, student from Saudi Arabia

Nothing could have been worse than my experience with this school. I lived with a host family who didn't speak English very well because they were not native speakers. My English was even better than their's! Their apartment was horrible. I didn't have enough lights in my room; it was too dark. Also, the apartment didn't have an airconditioner , so I hardly could sleep due to the high temperature in my room. I already talked to the person who was in charge of host families, and to the accommodations at the school. He promised to find me another host family as soon as possible, but he didn't . He claimed that he couldn't find a host family for me, but I am sure that he didn't make an effort to find me one.

I didn't like the teaching methods at my school. We had combined classes of grammar, speaking, listening, reading, and writing . We should have had separated classes for each - that would have been much better. Also, there were a lot of teachers who didn't speak English as their first language. Some of them were really good, but there were some teachers who had an accent; their English didn't sound so natural.

I would never recommend this school to anyone, unless they want to waste their money.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
7 weeks
Date of study
15 Jun 2015 - 7 Aug 2015
Would you recommend this school?
No
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"A goal to learn"

Roberto Marcos Ngombo, student from Angola

Thank you very much for this opportunity. For me, everything was good. The school was nice and I think it is one of the best in USA. The location was good too. I liked Santa Monica very much; it is a nice area. All the activities in school were good and very important because here you can find many people from abroad and get so much experience with that. The people who work in school were amazing; even the teachers. With them, I learned many things.

I will speak about the house, which was one thing more important for me. The family I stayed with were very good people - Helen and Harry were fantastic. I love them and they will be in heart forever. The way they treated me.. I have no words. They are a loving family.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
4 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Amazing"

linda scugugia, student from Italy

I like my classes because there were students from different part of the world.
The teachers were well prepared and I learned many new things with them.
The school is in a great location just few minutes away from the beach and really easy to reach by bus.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
9 Feb 2015 - 20 Feb 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"It was a good experience to study one week at EC School."

Wael Elnoubi

I liked the classes. EC was located in a beautiful city. Teachers delivered a highly effective intensive course. I didn't like some students who were talking non-English languages during classes.

I prefer not to have the same nationalities in the same class.

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My ratings for this school

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Date of study
12 Jan 2015 - 16 Jan 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"It started badly.. and stayed that way."

Abdulmoshin Ahmed H Alghamdi, student from Saudi Arabia

First off, a big issue was with my homestay, and no one from EC even tried to solve the problem. I went back to my sister-house, and also no one talked to me. After couple of weeks, a staff came to me to ask about the issue... But for what? Then she asked me about how EC can improve.

Let me tell you something! We have English schools in our country, and I studied in a school that had English classes each day, but the issue was about my community who spoke Arabic. How could I practice my English? The homestay should be an important part of my trip.

As non-American people, when we come to your country to study, we want to feel safe! So when I told one of your staff in EC that I wanted to change my homestay for more than one reason, she should have helped me find a new homestay, not just make me calm down and let me go. She didn't even try to do anything!

The English classes were good, but there is this teacher named Nancy. She wasn't kind. She wanted to teach only, not to make us like what she was doing.

My classmates were good, but they were much older than I was, so I couldn't find a good friend to spend the time with until the last week, because he was from Turkey.

I always try to find the good angle from everything to make myself happy, which is why I don't see this as a very bad experience.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
5 weeks
Date of study
23 Jun 2014 - 1 Aug 2014
Would you recommend this school?
No
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Good school and good teachers!"

Konstantin Gorbunov, student from Russia

The school has good facilities, good teachers, and an excellent location. Good quality housing was provided by the school! Thanks.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
8 weeks
Date of study
7 Jan 2013 - 1 Mar 2013
Age group
35 - 49
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
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Housing

EC Los Angeles offers the following housing types:
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Homestay - Twin room, bed & breakfast (2 students must book together)

NZ$ 478
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Age range: 16 years old and older
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast (7 meals per week)
Distance to school: 30 - 60 minutes by bus
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
Restriction: 2 students must book together
NZ$ 478
Staying with a local family is a great way to immerse oneself into American culture. This interaction with a family helps students communicate and practice their English in a more relaxed environment whilst also exposing themselves to new experiences - be it lifestyle, local food or simple day to day routines.

Homes vary in type. Some homes are apartments, some are townhomes, and some are single family homes. Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, dresser and closet. Some rooms have TVs and other amenities. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Some Los Angeles families do not have a washing machine in their home and use the services of a laundromat – this information will be included in the host family profile. In cases where families have a washing machine, students may use the laundry facilities although this remains at the discretion of each family.

Homestay - Twin room, half board (2 students must book together)

NZ$ 511
weekly
Age range: 16 years old and older
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner (14 meals per week)
Distance to school: 30 - 60 minutes by bus
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
Restriction: 2 students must book together
NZ$ 511
Staying with a local family is a great way to immerse oneself into American culture. This interaction with a family helps students communicate and practice their English in a more relaxed environment whilst also exposing themselves to new experiences - be it lifestyle, local food or simple day to day routines.

Homes vary in type. Some homes are apartments, some are townhomes, and some are single family homes. Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, dresser and closet. Some rooms have TVs and other amenities. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Some Los Angeles families do not have a washing machine in their home and use the services of a laundromat – this information will be included in the host family profile. In cases where families have a washing machine, students may use the laundry facilities although this remains at the discretion of each family.

Homestay - Single room, bed & breakfast

NZ$ 519
weekly
Age range: 16 years old and older
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast (7 meals per week)
Distance to school: 30 - 60 minutes by bus
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 519
Staying with a local family is a great way to immerse oneself into American culture. This interaction with a family helps students communicate and practice their English in a more relaxed environment whilst also exposing themselves to new experiences - be it lifestyle, local food or simple day to day routines.

Homes vary in type. Some homes are apartments, some are townhomes, and some are single family homes. Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, dresser and closet. Some rooms have TVs and other amenities. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Some Los Angeles families do not have a washing machine in their home and use the services of a laundromat – this information will be included in the host family profile. In cases where families have a washing machine, students may use the laundry facilities although this remains at the discretion of each family.

Homestay - Single room, half board

NZ$ 551
weekly
Age range: 16 years old and older
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner (14 meals per week)
Distance to school: 30 - 60 minutes by bus
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 551
Staying with a local family is a great way to immerse oneself into American culture. This interaction with a family helps students communicate and practice their English in a more relaxed environment whilst also exposing themselves to new experiences - be it lifestyle, local food or simple day to day routines.

Homes vary in type. Some homes are apartments, some are townhomes, and some are single family homes. Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, dresser and closet. Some rooms have TVs and other amenities. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Some Los Angeles families do not have a washing machine in their home and use the services of a laundromat – this information will be included in the host family profile. In cases where families have a washing machine, students may use the laundry facilities although this remains at the discretion of each family.
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Barrington Plaza Shared Apartments – Twin room, self catering

NZ$ 559
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: 11740 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and tV room
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 559
EC’s Barrington Plaza apartments are located in the heart of Brentwood and neighbouring Westwood area. The shared apartments can accommodate up to 4 people and include two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, and two bathrooms. Both apartments have a living room, fully equipped kitchen, and patio.

Aqua Marina Rey Shared Apartments - Twin room, Self catering

NZ$ 616
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Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: AQUA (building 2), 13273 Fiji Way , Marina del Rey, CA 90292, USA
Housing type: Apartment
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Distance to school: 35 minutes by bus
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 616
Aqua Marina Del Rey
EC’s Aqua Marina del Rey apartments are located within Aqua Marina del Rey’s safe apartment community. The shared apartments can accommodate up to 4 people and include two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, and two bathrooms. Apartments have a living room, fully equipped kitchen, and patio.

The city of Marina del Rey features a Fisherman’s Village with one of the largest man-made small boat harbors in the US (a capacity for more than 5000 boats), as well as boat, kayak, sailboat and wave runner rentals. Aqua is within walking distance from world famous Venice Beach. Students can bike, skate, walk or run along a 26-mile coastal path that stretches from Malibu to Palos Verdes.

Santa Monica Downtown Shared Apartments – Twin room, self catering

NZ$ 649
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Los Angeles
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and air conditioning
Distance to school: 10 minutes by walk
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 649
Description of accommodation

Each Apartment included in the Santa Monica Downtown Apartments feature a unique architecture style to add to your experience in Los Angeles. Filled with modern appliances and designer finishes, the apartments are steps away from restaurants, shopping, the arts, culture and the beach. You are also a 10-minute walk from EC. The residences offer fully furnished, shared rooms, cleaned bi-weekly.

Description of local area

Situated in the middle of beautiful, vibrant Santa Monica, one of Los Angeles’s most coveted beach neighborhoods, Santa Monica Downtown Apartments are a casual yet sophisticated community for an upscale, coastal lifestyle!

Accommodation Includes

Communal Kitchen
Communal Lounge
Free Wi-Fi facilities
Central air conditioning
Bed linen provided
Laundry Facilities
Cleaning service provided

Arrival and departure
Arrival Day: Saturday
Check in: 14:00 - 20:00
Departure Day: Saturday
Check out: 10:00

Barrington Plaza Shared Apartments – Single room, self catering

NZ$ 1,119
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: 11740 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, and sports facilities
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 1,119
EC’s Barrington Plaza apartments are located in the heart of Brentwood and neighbouring Westwood area. The shared apartments can accommodate up to 4 people and include two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, and two bathrooms. Both apartments have a living room, fully equipped kitchen, and patio.

Aqua Marina Rey Shared Apartments - Single room, Self catering

NZ$ 1,167
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Address: AQUA (building 2), 13273 Fiji Way , Marina del Rey, CA 90292, USA
Housing type: Apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Distance to school: 35 minutes by bus
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Saturday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 1,167
Aqua Marina Del Rey
EC’s Aqua Marina del Rey apartments are located within Aqua Marina del Rey’s safe apartment community. The shared apartments can accommodate up to 4 people and include two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, and two bathrooms. Apartments have a living room, fully equipped kitchen, and patio.

The city of Marina del Rey features a Fisherman’s Village with one of the largest man-made small boat harbors in the US (a capacity for more than 5000 boats), as well as boat, kayak, sailboat and wave runner rentals. Aqua is within walking distance from world famous Venice Beach. Students can bike, skate, walk or run along a 26-mile coastal path that stretches from Malibu to Palos Verdes.

Santa Monica Downtown Shared Apartments – Single room, self catering

NZ$ 1,184
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Los Angeles
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and air conditioning
Distance to school: 10 minutes by walk
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 1,184
Description of accommodation

Each Apartment included in the Santa Monica Downtown Apartments feature a unique architecture style to add to your experience in Los Angeles. Filled with modern appliances and designer finishes, the apartments are steps away from restaurants, shopping, the arts, culture and the beach. You are also a 10-minute walk from EC. The residences offer fully furnished, shared rooms, cleaned bi-weekly.

Description of local area

Situated in the middle of beautiful, vibrant Santa Monica, one of Los Angeles’s most coveted beach neighborhoods, Santa Monica Downtown Apartments are a casual yet sophisticated community for an upscale, coastal lifestyle!

Accommodation Includes

Communal Kitchen
Communal Lounge
Free Wi-Fi facilities
Central air conditioning
Bed linen provided
Laundry Facilities
Cleaning service provided

Arrival and departure
Arrival Day: Saturday
Check in: 14:00 - 20:00
Departure Day: Saturday
Check out: 10:00
visa

Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

If you are studying full time in the United States for more than 18 hours per week, you will receive an I-20 that you need to submit to the US embassy along with your F-1 student visa application. The I-20 has a SEVIS tracking number on it. Students who wish to apply for a student visa must pay the SEVIS fee online before going to the US embassy or consulate for their visa interview.

Your I-20 will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged $80 when you register.

Please note that United States law states that an I-20 can only be issued to students who intend to pursue full-time English language studies. United States law does not permit students to study part-time with an F-1 Student Visa. If you are studying for less than 18 hours per week, you have to apply for a Visitor Visa (B1/B2) on your own.

Learn more about how to get a US student visa »

Flights and airport transfer

The closest airport to the school is Los Angeles International Airport (JFK).

The school offers airport pickup services. If you wish to be picked up, just give us your flight details and arrival date. The price of a one-way airport transfer from Los Angeles International Airport is $140. You must book your airport transfer in advance when you register.

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Los Angeles based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

Learn more about our insurance plan »

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401 Wilshire Boulevard, Floor 2
Santa Monica
CA 90401
US

School location

EC Los Angeles is a modern learning space, just a 5 minutes walk from Santa Monica beach – the ultimate stretch of Southern Californian coastline where the sun shines 340 days a year – and two minutes from all the dining, shopping, and nightlife of the famous Third Street Promenade.

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Questions and answers

Have questions? Get answers from EC English Language Schools: Los Angeles staff, Language International student advisors, and past students.

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"Can a student with an F1 visa take a course for 18 hours per week?"

Yes

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"|s it possible for a student with a tourist visa to do an intensive 1-week course?"

Elena Roldan Montanes, EC Language Centres school representative (Admissions Executive)

We recommend the student applies for an I-20 to study more than 18 hours per week.

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"Will you accept a 13 year old student of 'elementary' level even though the minimum age is 16?"

Elena Roldan Montanes, EC Language Centres school representative (Admissions Executive)

Yes we can. We need to find out whether a guardian will be escorting him to/from school each day.

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"If a student's SEVIS has been auto-terminated but they still have a valid F1, can they enter the US again?"

Dyan Test, student from USA
Elena Roldan Montanes, EC Language Centres school representative (Admissions Executive)

The student will need to pay the SEVIS fee again with the embassy in order to have a valid record to enter the US and requires a new I-20 (original, not a copy) issued by EC. To save time, send the student's latest bank statement and passport copy to help apply for a new I-20.

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