San Francisco is famous for being a culture-rich city that is as unique as its bridge is iconic. A visit to the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, beautiful piers, and impressive restaurants make it clear why SF is such a beloved city. For more information check the school website.
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One of the most special aspects of life as an international student in SF? Exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods! Each of San Francisco’s unique regions has a different personality. Dream big in the Financial District, shop until you drop at Union Square, stroll slowly down Pier 39 and soak in the fresh ocean air, fall in love with art in the Mission District, or channel your inner hippie on Haight and Ashbury. The unique vibes of each area make living in SF an exciting adventure, day after day.

About Location

CISL San Francisco is located on Market Street in the Financial District, which is the hub of the city’s urban area. The school’s modern facilities are located on the penthouse level of a beautiful and historic building, which is just across the street from the metro. When class is not in session, students can socialize on the beautiful rooftop, which offers stunning views of SF.

Locals know that SF is all about its hidden gems: the quirky museums, the can’t-miss concerts, the small gardens, and the local farmer’s markets are just a few of the things that make SF impossible not to love.

Teaching Method

For nearly 45 years, CISL San Francisco has offered international students to opportunity to improve their English skills with Standard and Intensive Programs. Monday through Friday, students attend classes in the mornings and learn to communicate confidently in English. Monday through Thursday, students additionally have the opportunity to attend afternoon classes and can choose between English in Use, Business English, or Academic English.

CISL has provided intensive Cambridge ESOL courses (Certificate of Advanced English and First Certificate) for over 25 years. The school also offers intensive TOEFL preparation courses. All preparatory classes are taught by well trained and dedicated teachers.


  • Homestay, residence halls, and private hotels.
  • Residential hotels are located in premier San Francisco locations (and are no more than 15 minutes walking distance from the CISL campus) and each is fully furnished.
  • They are located within 30 to 40 minutes travel on public transportation. Host Families have been selected by the CISL Host Coordinator for a safe and welcoming environment.

Social Programme

See San Francisco through the eyes of a local with CISL’s activities! The monthly activities calendar is designed to show students popular SF activities, such as bike tours across the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as the city’s hidden gems, like hiking on Angel’s Island.


  • Nighttime museum visits
  • Gourmet food truck excursions
  • Discounted Giants baseball tickets
  • Chinatown tours
  • Muir Woods Hike
  • UC. Berkeley tour
  • Gospel choir concerts
  • Wine and beer tastings
  • Rooftop garden visits