ELS Language Center - San Francisco, North Bay, CA

at Dominican University of California

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Tel: 1(415) 485-3224
E-mail: sra@ELS.edu

  • 18km north of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Access to campus gym, pool, library, health center, cafeteria, and student clubs
  • Mild winter weather
  • Easy access to San Francisco by bus and ferry
  • Weekend Trips: Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, Wine Country, Point Reyes National Seashore, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Twitter, Google, Facebook, & Apple
  • Day trips to top-rated universities
  • Join ELS on social media! #ELSCenters #elssanfrancisconorthbay 

Center Director Academic Director International Student Advisor
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Choosing to study English at ELS San Francisco, North Bay means studying in an inclusive environment on the park-like campus of Dominican University of California. You'll be studying in the charming and artsy small town of San Rafael, just north of downtown San Francisco, where the Golden Gate Bridge is a short distance away.
One of the unique parts about living in San Rafael is that you'll get to experience both small-and big-city environments. You can explore everything San Rafael has to offer, then take a short ferry or bus ride to various attractions around the San Francisco Bay Area!


The ELS San Francisco, North Bay physical address is:

at Dominican University of California
190 Palm Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901


  • Semi-Intensive English
  • Intensive English
  • American Explorer

Special Opportunities

  • American Conversation Partnerships
  • College Class Auditing
  • College Class Visitation
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Volunteer Experience

Minimum Age Requirements

No ELS Housing   16
Homestay, Homestays in the area 

18 (16+ only if approved by Center Director upon checking availability)

Student Residence (off campus), San Rafael Student Home 18

Start Dates

January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, May 29, June 26, July 24, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 11
January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 19, September 16, October 14, November 11, December 9

Price Summary

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