San Diego's natural beauty and friendly people attract visitors from around the world. Located in the southwestern corner of the United States, San Diego is the ninth largest city in the country. The city is rated as one of the most desirable U.S. cities based on weather, recreation, and cultural opportunities. San Diego is also one of the safest large cities in the U.S.
San Diego’s sunny and warm days (average temperature is 18º Celsius in the winter/ 22º Celsius in the summer) makes it the ideal place to study English. San Diego offers a wide variety of things to see and do, appealing to students from around the world. Home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, San Diego also offers over 100 kilometers of sandy beaches, more than 90 golf courses, major league sports teams, Sea World, museums, theaters, opera, dance companies, and other cultural activities. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is a short drive from the mountains, deserts, and Los Angeles, providing year-round opportunities for tourism and outdoor recreation.
Many cultures are represented in San Diego. The city is a rapidly growing center for international trade and is known for its hospitality to international students and visitors. Local groups offer numerous activities and events, providing a rich cross-cultural experience for international students.
ALI Beyond The Classroom
A large part of a student’s ESL experience takes place outside of the classroom. The ALI places a high priority on providing students opportunities to practice English and experience American culture through SDSU campus life, organized activities and trips, and volunteer work.
During the academic year, students may participate in SDSU campus life through SDSU conversation partners, student clubs and organizations, sports events, music and dance performances, and International Student Center events.
The ALI also offers organized activities and trips to popular tourist attractions in San Diego and throughout Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona.
ALI students may additionally practice their English through volunteering in San Diego. The ALI organizes group volunteer activities throughout the year and also assists students in finding individual volunteer opportunities.
ALI students should visit the Student Life Office for assistance with getting involved in the SDSU and San Diego communities beyond the classroom.
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