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Study Group camping Yosemite

3 Week Summer Program

Study English and explore California for 3 weeks together with your international family!

Study English

Daily Activities

Homestay with team and other students


Program Duration

22 days, July - September

Location - San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area

Participant Information

4 - 8 participants, 14 - 21 years


This program is perfect for anybody who wants to improve their English while becoming more independent without missing any time in school back home.

The 3 Week Summer Program is most famous among high school students, because it allows you to be independent, study and apply your English, join adrenaline-packed activities and do this on a daily basis, all while enjoying the constant support and comfort of home and family cheering you on. Our maximum amount of 8 students per session guarantees you receiving the perfect amount of attention and support necessary to grow.


Your English education takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

International Students at California ESL School
General English (16 hours/week)

School Hours: 9 AM - 1 PM, Monday - Thursday

Levels: Beginner - Advanced

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Books, Student Lounge

Even though you will already be improving your English during our daily activities and with your family at home, there is no better place to get all the rules, facts and basic skills than in our accredited English school. Here you will be placed in a level that matches your skills and then every morning acquire the grammar, vocabulary and conversational knowledge of the English Language - all at your pace. School is also a great place to meet people and make friends from several different countries that will be with you for the rest of your life.


All Accommodations are personally visited and approved before your arrival.

California Homestay international students
Homestay Plus

Location: Varies each year - San Francisco Bay Area

Amenities: Kitchen, living room, storage space, WiFi, beds & bedsheets, bathroom, laundry

Meals: Continental Breakfast, Home-cooked dinner (daily)

You will live in a home together with other international exchange students and 1 - 2 Universal Studies coordinators - forming the perfect international close-knit family. Every morning our team personally drives you to school, to the afternoon activities and back home. Each year we rent a home from our trusted short-term rental provider based on our group’s size and their needs. This comes with a private place to store your belongings and the scents and flavors of warm, home-cooked meals prepared daily by our Program Director, Patrick himself (who is always happy about a few helping hands in the kitchen). Your American home also offers a place to eat, relax, and spend quality family time together, talking about our hopes, dreams, and wishes as well as our worries, concerns or even requests. It is a place of comfort, defined by simple, blissful moments of joy with your international family, where you can be 100% yourself.


We take you beyond the tourist attractions. 

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Daily Activity Packet

Types of Activities: Sports, guided tours, behind-the-scenes tours, amusement parks, party-style games, cultural, sightseeing etc. 

When: Right after school (all day Friday through Sunday)

Includes: Transportation, preparation, gear, activity fees

With every activity we want you to both learn about the American culture and make unforgettable memories with your new international friends. We do almost everything together as a family, which is not only meant to ensure safety but also to allow you unique insights that the average tourist would not get. This program includes two weekend trips, one to Hollywood and one to beautiful Yosemite National Park. To get a better idea of what the program could look like, feel free to have a look at our sample schedule.

Other Information

How to join

1. Submit your information

2. Receive our Application Form

3. Fill out, sign and send back Application Form (via email)

4. Receive Invoice & submit payment

5. Prepare for your trip together with our staff


In the 3 Week Summer Program, you are accommodated with up to 7 other international students and our Program Director, Patrick (and possibly one more staff member). Patrick is our founder and has been working with international students both as teacher as well as host for over two decades. You and your parents can meet Patrick before your time in America either via Skype or FaceTime if you wish. Almost every hour of the program is overseen by Patrick and a second staff member. We personally drive you and the other students to school in the morning and accompany you during the daily activities. After these activities, we head back home to enjoy a warm home-cooked dinner as a family and to spend some time talking, playing games or simply relaxing.


The only requirement for this program is that you are between 14 and 21 years old.


Next year's dates will be released soon.

Airfare & Visa

This program does not require an F1 student visa. Based on where you are from you will only need either an ESTA or B2 visitor visa. We help you in the ESTA and Visa obtainment process. Where airfares are concerned, you may choose to purchase them yourself or let us do it for you.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is provided through our partner, “International Student Insurance”. If you have any questions about the insurance, please contact us. Important: Upon request the health insurance can be adapted to your or your child’s individual needs (for an extra fee).

The San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Map
A Unique Place

What makes the Bay Area absolutely unique its diversity in inventions, lifestyles, events and most importantly cultures. It is the type of place where you can't walk down the street without hearing another language, making it easy to meet people from other countries and not only broaden your horizons but make friends from around the world. This diversity has allowed the Bay Area to be just as open-minded and forward-thinking in their world views as they are in their achievements in business and technology. This is why you will get to see all the newest inventions, trends and movements right here first. They Bay Area is a place where no idea is too crazy and no person too foreign - coming here will feel like coming home. 

Things To Do And See

The Bay Area is a truly unique place. Despite its high population, it has a suburban feel to it, no matter where you are, which is mostly due to the many plazas, shops, parks and natural habitats found all over. The warm & comfortable temperatures all year and an easy-to-use public transportation system make exploring the Bay Area a real joy. It’s widely known for its cultural diversity, world-famous sights and of course the Silicon Valley, where companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Tesla and countless are headquartered. There are a lot of great things to do and see here, including: 

  • Exploring its many and diverse restaurants (There are more than 3,500 restaurants open in San Francisco alone)

  • Pursuing physical activities on your own or in one of the many public clubs (such as hiking, swimming, riding a bike, yoga and countless more) in beautiful parks, sports facilities and even downtowns

  • Exploring its countless beautiful sights (e.g. the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lake Merritt, Half Moon Bay, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Napa and the many world-renowned companies like Google, Apple and many more)

  • Enjoying the Bay Area like a local with its many “Hidden Gems” - charming, quaint restaurants, parks, coffee shops, drum circles and other local highlights, that all represent different stories & cultures and are by far the best way to explore the Bay Area’s real lifestyle

  • Taking trips to farther away destinations, like Santa Cruz, the 17 Mile Drive, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Napa and Los Angeles. We’re happy to help you rent a car or simply drive you there ourselves depending on the program.


Not what you're looking for?

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Questions? Concerns? Requests? Just want to get to know us? Let's meet on Skype (or FaceTime) when you are free. Just send us a short message with your Skype (or FaceTime) account  information via our contact page. We're looking forward to meeting you!

$4,500 USD  for 3 weeks

The fee includes:
  • General English class (16 hrs/wk)

  • Shared room in Homestay Plus 

  • Daily activities (20 total)

  • Transportation to and from all destinations 

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Breakfast & Dinner 

  • Certificate upon course completion

  • Health Insurance

  • At least one coordinator present at all times

Other fees to plan for:
  • Airfare (can also be included)

  • Visa Fees

  • Pocket money for souvenirs

  • International transfer fee ($45 once)

The fee includes taxes.

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3 Good Reasons... join this program

1. At least one of our team members is present from morning to evening, ensuring your safety at all times.

2. Thanks to the maximum amount of 8 participants per session, you will get to explore California as an international family.

3. The program includes all costs that occur in America, so other than for souvenirs and extra meals you do not need any pocket money.

The entire program is organized, hosted and overseen by the Universal Studies team.

Prices and Inclusions last updated 6/25/19.

Universal Studies is a member of the International Education Consultants Association (IECA).

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