English Language academy prospective students


Located on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, renowned for its beauty and Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, the English Language Academy (ELA) offers classes taught by experienced, enthusiastic instructors.

The ELA staff is committed to preparing students to succeed in the social and academic communities of the university, as well as their lives outside the university. The friendly and dedicated staff is here to help students with academic planning, housing, visa processing, social activities, and campus functions. Programs range from:

Academic English Language Preparation Programs:

Youth Programs:

Customized Training:

Application Process:

An application is available for download for the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).  We strongly encourage applicants to apply in advance of the program start date in order to secure the F-1 student visa and housing.


The ELA provides assistance with on-campus housing for the IELP and USD Pathway Program students.  There is a $250 commitment deposit/room reservation fee. Traditional and flexible meal plans are available for purchase by on-campus residents.

Junior program students stay in the university’s residence halls. 

Several off-campus housing resources are described below. The resources listed are meant for informational purposes only. 

Nearby Apartments:
Homestay with an American Family:

DRA Housing
Website: http://drahousing.com
Daniel Acosta, Homestay Manager
Email:  daniel@drahousing.com
Telephone: (520) 405-1516
Whatsapp: +5204051516 

Homeplacement Services 
Website: http://Homeplacement.com
Gary Davidson, Homestay Manager
Email:  info@homeplacement.com 
Telephone: (619) 423-1449

Short-Term Housing:
  • AIRBNB – A website that hosts postings for temporary housing offered by locals.
  • Trulia – Rooms for Rent

Nearby Hotels:

Off-Campus Housing Websites:
  • Craigslist  A popular online bulletin for rentals.
  • My New Place  Clean website that allows various search opportunities and features an app.
  • HotPads  Offers responsive map based search to our users which allow ease of navigation to different neighborhoods and area. In addition, the street view gives users a much better look of the location prior to venturing out to the area.
  • Zillow  Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help.
  • Zumper  Allows you to set up instant alerts for your ideal location and price range so that you find out about new places before anyone else. You can also tailor your apartment finder alerts to the number of bedrooms you’re looking for, as well as whether the property is pet-friendly or not.  Fill out Zumper Rental Application and   and quickly pull your Experian Credit Report to instantly apply for apartments via our secure platform.
  • Trulia  Trulia is an all-in-one real estate site that gives you the local scoop about apartments for rent neighborhood insights, and real estate markets and trends to help you figure out exactly what, where, and when to buy, sell, or rent.
Service Providers Once You Are Moved In…

The ELA/USD Community:

Explore our community by using the interactive  campus mapcontact us if you have any questions, and connect with us on social media.


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