Posts Tagged ‘LSI San Diego’

Discover There’s More to Life than Studying at LSI San Diego

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Every Monday morning sees a new cohort of students in our LSI schools around the globe. Some may be feeling nervous, others excited, but all expecting that their time at LSI will improve their language skills. What many of them haven’t realised yet is just how much the experience will help them grow as a person. How it changes your outlook on life and make an impact that will last forever. Brazilian Marcela Santos studied at LSI San Diego. She talks about her time at the school and her favourite places in San Diego

“If I could put all my experiences into one sentence it would be this one. What a journey I’ve been on and one that will last forever! And to sum it up in a single word, I’d choose ‘wealth’. The wealth of knowledge, the richness of new culture and language and the ultimate discovery that I can go far beyond what I imagined! I would say that LSI San Diego changed my life and my view of the world. It has taught me that dreams should not just remain in our head but we should act on them! ”

” What would I say about San Diego itself. Firstly I’d recommend you visit Sunset Cliffs, my favourite place. If you love romantic sunsets you can’t beat it. But there are so many other special places in San Diego and the people are so friendly. I’ll never forget the surprise party my classmates through for me whilst I was there. I felt like the most accomplished person ever!”

LSI San Diego student Marcela Santos

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Near You

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Maybe you’ve never heard of St. Patrick’s Day before? Now’s your opportunity to experience this fun filled festival for yourself if you are studying at an LSI school in the US or UK.

From Boston to San Francisco, New York to London, streets and squares will be decked out with everything Irish from the familiar orange, white and green flag, to lucky shamrocks and crazy leprechauns hats. Expect to see parades with colourful floats accompanied by bands playing the haunting sounds of traditional Irish music and groups of mesmerising fleet footed, Irish step dancers. To fit in with the crowd, wear something green or, to go the whole hog, dress from head to foot in green. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the London Eye light up in green for the occasion. And don’t forget to try the traditional Irish beer, Guinness. Be warned though, even the beer will be turned a shade of Gaelic green for this special fun filled day.

Whilst St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish culture, its roots began with Irish immigrants and soldiers who settled in the USA. The day was first marked in cities such as Boston (1737) and New York (1762) by homesick Irish settlers and soldiers who were keen to celebrate their common heritage. By the 19th century the tradition had spread to other American cities with large Irish populations. These days, all Americans, no matter their cultural background, embrace these annual celebrations.  It’s the perfect excuse for going a little crazy and having fun.

So what would St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, make of it all? Probably not much. Ironically this 5th century saint was actually British rather than Irish. He was also far more focused on bringing Christianity to the wild, unruly Irish pagans than partying. A far cry from the celebrations held in his name!

Find out more about celebrations near you. Check out the timeout guides for: London, New York, Boston, San Francisco and San Diego.

St. Patrick's Day Parade with costumed dancers

LSI San Diego at Comic Con

Friday, September 1st, 2017

LSI San Diego student meets the Avengers at Comic Con

This summer San Diego hosted the annual International Comic Con. So what is Comic Con and why do LSI San Diego students love it? Comic Con is a huge convention which focuses on comics and comic inspired artforms. The event is a chance to see the amazing impact comics have had on today’s art and culture. If you have ever wanted to meet your favourite superhero in person, this is the perfect place to do it!

Unsurprisingly our students at LSI San Diego were more than happy to go along and explore the events downtown. The many different events feature well known movies, comics, cartoons and lots more!  Apart from meeting their favourite superhero characters, our students were also able to take part in a free laser tag course.

It is always an exciting and busy time in San Diego. Not to mention an ideal opportunity to celebrity watch as many famous faces can often be spotted amongst the crowds! And although badges sell out every year well in advance, even just walking around downtown outside of the convention is a summer highlight for many of our students!

If comics are your scene, then maybe next July, you can join us at LSI San Diego to catch Comic Con 2018.

Soccer is coming to San Diego

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Adding to San Diego’s already existing attractions, it now appears that major soccer league is coming. NASL (the North American Soccer League) have just announced the setting up of a new club in the city ready for the 2018 season. Initially the team will play at the University of San Diego. However plans are afoot to build a purpose built stadium complex. The city will be home to NASL’s 10th club, following  the recent addition of  the San Francisco Deltas. Find out more about the new club.

LSI San Diego plans to add trips to the soccer matches to our 2018 leisure programme for our students. Alongside our famous beaches the soccer will be yet another fun thing to do during a stay with LSI.

Soccer coming to San Diego

Direct Flights from Zurich to San Diego

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure airline, are now offering direct flights to San Diego. Great news for our Swiss students studying or planning to study at our amazing school in this popular Californian city.

Zurich to San Diego Flights

Flights will be non-stop, flying between San Diego and Zurich twice a week from June to September. The new route marks the first direct flight between the two cities.  Flight time is just 12 hours!

In addition, there are  also three direct flights a week from Zurich to Vancouver. Another opportunity for Swiss students at  LSI Vancouver to benefit.  Flight time is even quicker at just under 11 hours. Flights between Vancouver and Zurich are offered from June to September.

For more details about dates and prices about both these locations  visit the Edelweiss website.

Edelweiss flights between Zurich and San Diego

Special Offer on Courses in the USA

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Offer

LSI are running a fabulous promotion on our 2017 General English courses in the US. For every week of tuition paid for on our General 20, Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 course, you will receive one week’s free tuition. The more weeks you book the better the value. So for example, a 40 week course will only cost the regular 20 week price. There’s no catch. You simply need to book before April 30th 2017 and pay the registration fee of $150 to reserve the booking. Whilst the course start date must be this year, the course finish dates can roll into 2018.  In addition, for courses running in July and August, we’re even waiving the summer supplement on our homestay accommodation.

Where is it available?

LSI has schools in Boston, New York, San Diego and Berkeley ( San Francisco) and all offer the full ranges of General English courses. General 20 courses focus on grammar, vocabulary and the four key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course runs in the morning. The Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 cover the same content as the General 20 but in the afternoon offer options such as fluency classes, business English and exam preparation. You can find out more about our General English courses on our website.

There’s never been a better time to book. Contact LSI Marketing for more details.

Cambridge ESOL Testing Centre at LSI San Diego

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

LSI San Diego is a Cambridge ESOL testing centre. In March we ran our first computer-based Cambridge Exam.  Taking a computer-based exams offers many advantages for students:

  • More test dates offered: 13 test dates per year for First (FCE), 16 for Advanced (CAE) and 4 for Proficiency (CPE)
  • Faster results: scores available online after only three weeks
  • Convenient: can edit answers on screen during the exam and the use of headphones mean students can adjust volume to suit their individual needs
  • Easy to understand: A time on the exam screen helps students manage their time better during the exam

With a minimum of 5 students, LSI can offer the exam on any of the approved dates from Cambridge English.

LSI can also run the computer-based Cambridge Exams in the UK. We have testing centres at LSI Brighton, LSI Cambridge, LSI London Central and LSI London Hampstead.

Family program at LSI San Diego

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Twice a year we run a family program in conjunction with our Juniors program at LS San Diego. This is an opportunity for families with children as young as 8 to study along with their older siblings and parents. The younger students are in classes with other students of 8 – 12 years of age, the 13 – 17 year olds participate in the juniors program, and the parents can choose to join any one of our regular adult programmes. The 8 – 17 year olds have English classes in the mornings and afternoon activities in and around San Diego. This year was our most successful family program ever, with the class running for the entire summer session at near capacity. Students from Brazil, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland participated and had a great time, both in class and on activities. Here are some photos of our July/August program! If you’d like more information, please contact LSI San Diego!

LSI San Diego Juniors at the playground

Juniors at the playground

Juniors on the ferry

Students at the chalkboard

Juniors at a baseball game

New Mini Group for Pre-intermediate Students

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Due to increasing interest in our Mini Groups courses, LSI are now offering a new type of Mini-Group course. In addition to our existing Mini-Groups for intermediate to advanced level students, we are now introducing a course for pre-intermediate level students allowing them to benefit from the intensive, more tailored-made character/structure of small group classes. Whilst the main focus of language teaching will be on General English, there will also be opportunities to cover aspects of Business English specifically requested by the students. The small group environment ensures students profit from more in-depth teacher feedback about their language learning and how to achieve their next language targets.

Key Features of the course:

  • Pre-intermediate level of English required
  • 20, 30, 40 lessons per week (check with individual schools for lesson options available)
  • Participants: maximum 5
  • Minimum age: 21
  • 1 lesson: 45 minutes (in the USA and Canada 50 minutes)
  • Courses begin every Monday

The new Mini Group is available at our schools in  Auckland, Berkeley, Boston, London (central)  , New York, San Diego, Toronto and Vancouver. For more details contact the schools directly.


Mini Group at LSI London Central

LSI San Diego Hosts A University Transfer Fair

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Last week LSI San Diego was happy to host a ‘California State Transfer Fair’. California is rather unusual in that it has  two university systems: the University of California and The California State and it was representatives from the latter ‘California State’ system who attended the fair to talk to LSI students who were interested in transferring from LSI to a university.  Representatives from California State Sonoma, San Francisco, Fullerton, Northridge, Sacramento and San Marcos International Departments set up tables where they handed out materials, and gave a bit of information about their university and answered questions. Navigating the application process at American universities can be quite tricky so the students found the information very helpful!