University of San Diego Summer School 2018

Summer Courses for Teenagers (1st July - 12th August)

Summer Courses for Teenagers

America’s eighth largest city with a population of over 1.3 million, San Diego is an extremely popular destination for both business and leisure, attracting over 26 million visitors every year. Its mild climate and year-round sunshine make it an ideal location for outdoor sports and activities with surfing, sailing and golf amongst the most popular. San Diego is just a 2-hour drive south of Los Angeles and only 30 minutes from the border with Mexico.


University of San Diego

Founded in 1951, USD is one of the most prestigious private Catholic universities in the United States. Around 8,000 full-time students attend USD which offers over 75 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in its Schools of Business, Law, Leadership, Education Sciences, Arts, Sciences and Hahn School of Nursing. Since 2005, the English Language Academy at USD has been organizing a Summer International Youth Program for teenagers from all over the world who want to improve their English language skills, experience life on a beautiful US university campus and discover the delights of southern California. In the summer there are up to 200 residential students at anyone time from more than 10 different countries. The summer school runs for six weeks in July and August and is open to groups and individual students (14–17 yrs) for 2-4 week stays.


USD is the most centrally located of the universities in San Diego with Old Town just a short walk away and Downtown just a 15-minute trolley ride from the campus. Fashion Valley is just one trolley stop from USD. From the campus itself, there are beautiful vistas over Mission Bay, Sea World and out into the Pacific Ocean. San Diego Airport (Lindbergh Field) is a 15-minute drive away.

Campus Facilities

The University is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities. On campus there are large spacious playing fields, tennis courts, fitness centres, sports halls, a basketball arena and a 50m outdoor heated swimming pool. Students also have access to a variety of different cafés, snack bars and restaurants as well as the large USD campus store. WiFi is available in most areas of the campus.


Students are accommodated in the University’s on-campus residences; these are typically small blocks of apartments. Each block contains 3 apartments with 4 twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a communal living space in each. Group Leaders are accommodated with their students. USD provides bed linen and towels and there is a laundry facility on campus. Each residence has a reception area with vending machines and a 24-hour security service is provided.

Meal Plan

On arrival, students are given meal cards for the duration of their stay which they can use in any of the various snack bars, cafés and restaurants on the USD campus. For meals during off-campus visits and excursions, students will receive vouchers which they can use in a variety of different food outlets.

Vacation Courses

Vacation Courses are 17 hours per week of General English plus 3 hours of cultural workshops as well as sports, activities, events, local visits and excursions. These courses are for international students aged 13 – 17 who are visiting the US for a short period of 2 – 4 weeks. We welcome groups of students accompanied by a Group Leader and individual students.


Students have morning English classes from 09:00 – 12:30, afternoon and evening activities and local visits with full-day excursions on the weekends.

English Classes

All students are tested on their first full day and subsequently placed in classes of no more than 10 students at an appropriate level for their ability. The lessons are topic-based and are designed to help students develop communication skills, natural English and a range of vocabulary. Materials have been specifically developed for these courses and include authentic resources.

All students are tested on their first full day and subsequently

  • practice and refine their English language skills
  • engage in Cultural Workshops that will provide students with more insight into American Culture and further reinforce their English skills
  • become more confident, focused and prepared for high-school and college life
  • gain an edge for future academic success

Daytime & Evening Activities

In addition to the English language classes, students also attend 2 cultural workshops per week from 13:30 – 15:00, which cover topics specific to life in the US. The campus sports’ facilities are excellent and students are encouraged to play soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball and go swimming in the 50m outdoor heated pool.

On most afternoons a local visit is organised to some of the most interesting and entertaining places and areas in San Diego e.g Coronado Island, Pacific Beach, Balboa Park & Museums, San Diego Zoo, Mission Bay, Downtown, Seaport Village, Fashion Valley, La Jolla, Petco Park (home of the Padres baseball team).

Some of the local visits extend into the evening and include dinner out in a local restaurant; on other evenings students dine on campus and enjoy a variety of different activities e.g. disco, movie night, talent show, dance night, magic show, sports tournaments.

Course Fees: $3685 per 2-week course

The 2-week course fees include:

  • *Student travel and medical insurance
  • Residential accommodation in twin study-bedrooms
  • Meal card and vouchers for 3 meals per day
  • English language tuition (35 x 60 mins incl. breaks)
  • 4 cultural workshops
  • Afternoon and evening programme of field-trips and activities
  • 2 or 3 full-day excursions: Aquatica Water Park, Los Angeles and **Disneyland
  • 24-hour supervision and welfare

*included in the course fees for individual students only **included in 3-night/2-day trip to LA (see Timetable)

Why choose the University of San Diego?

  • Experience life at one of the California’s top private universities
  • Make new friends with young people from all over the world
  • Improve linguistic, academic and cultural awareness
  • Benefit from expert English language tuition delivered by USD faculty
  • Enjoy a wide-range of daytime and evening activities
  • Discover San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Relax and feel at home on the beautiful USD campus
  • Stay safe at all times with our friendly and caring staff

University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, USA