Intensive English Programs
Overview of Programs
Southern States University provides eight levels of instruction from beginner to advanced. Our mission is to provide international students with English language instruction of the highest quality.
Our approach gives students the opportunity to improve reading, writing, grammar, conversation, pronunciation, TOEFL, and Business English. SSU’s stimulating and productive learning environment is well-suited for preparing students for continued success in their future personal, academic, and professional pursuits.
All campuses are equipped with computer centers that have the latest in interactive multimedia software to enhance individual language learning.
At Southern States University we are confident that all our students…LEARN TO READ, WRITE, SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH!
Our campuses are located in the most exciting cities: Fashion Valley, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Newport Beach. They are in high tech business areas that allow easy access to several American corporations for visitation and internships.
For more locations to study English, check out our sister school – International Academy of English
We offer open enrollment throughout the year. Students may begin class on any Monday.
Orientation and Placement test for New Students/Transferring Students
Upon receipt of initial payment and necessary legal paperwork by SSU, students are given a placement test to determine their English language skills. Placement testing and orientation is only done on Wednesday afternoons at 2:00PM. This will be considered your first day of school and is mandatory for all new or transferring students.
English Language Programs
Intensive English – I
· 18 Hours per week
· 3 hours core and 1.5 hour topic class per day
· Monday through Thursday
· Available at the La Jolla Campus
· 18 Hours per week
· 3 hours TOEFL and 1.5 hour topic class per day
· Monday through Thursday
· Available mornings
The Quarter Term
Although new students may start classes on any Monday of the year, our terms are 12 weeks long, giving students the time to study topics in detail. At the end of each term students are tested, given a final grade, and are required to move up to a more difficult level if appropriate.
The 8 Level System
Students are placed in one of eight skill levels, from beginner to fluent, depending on their individual abilities. Advanced students also have the choice of taking a TOEFL preparation class as their core class.
The Class Content
Core classes focus on mastering the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as understanding the language systems like grammar and vocabulary. Courses often incorporate real world materials like newspapers and magazines, video and internet content, guest speakers and field trips to help students with practical, everyday English communications.
Topic classes focus on improving conversational skills, and give students the chance to apply what they have learned in their core class. A variety of topic classes are available, including Presentation Skills, Travel English, Idioms and Slang, Business English, American Culture, English for Professionals, and many others.
Southern States University offers airport transportation from local airports to the student’s accommodation. Please notify school officials at least two weeks prior to your arrival time to allow for necessary preparation. The cost of airport transportation varies between $50 and $200, depending on the time of the flight, the number of people to be transported, and the distance to the student’s accommodation. Once you receive your visa and are making your travel plans, please contact your SSU contact person to make a formal reservation.
Once you receive your student visa, Southern States University can assist you with your living arrangements. Accommodation options include short and long-term housing, such as a hotel or an apartment, home-stay (living in a family environment, including breakfast and dinner), or a shared a room with another student in a “student hotel”. The cost and availability of housing varies by location, so please contact your campus of interest for details. Once you have received your visa, please forward SSU a copy of your visa, along with a US$ 150 placement fee to secure your space.
NOTE: Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school each day.
Student VISA I-20
An F-1 Student Visa is required for full-time study in the United States for all of our full-time programs. Our school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant students.
All students are advised to have health insurance. Health costs are the sole responsibility of the student.
Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of your program. Good attendance is an important part of certificate eligibility in all programs.