Planning to study in the USA? If so, San Francisco should be at the top of your list! Over the past few years, the "Bay Area" has become a destination for tech titans, international travelers and those with a curious mind. The city offers plenty of things to do while you embark on improving your English speaking skills. Check out the reasons below why many are choosing to study in San Francisco!
Innovation and Entrepreneurship With Silicon Valley a short drive away, and dozens of tech companies in the area, like Salesforce, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, our city is a global center for innovation, attracting creative minds and new ideas. Whether you need inspiration for your next big idea, or just want to improve your English conversation skills, join Stafford House activities as we attend foreign startup meetings and social networking events!
Great Universities We have some of the best universities in the United States nearby: UC Berkeley and Stanford! These universities lead in science, engineering, innovation, business, social sciences, and more! We also have many community colleges and smaller universities which are great for students looking to earn certificates in web development, coding, and more! If Stafford House students want to apply to a university, our staff can help them with the applications. If you want to study engineering, technology, business entrepreneurship, or science, this is a great place to start or continue your education!
Our CPA program (career preparation activity) gives students the valuable experience of being inside an American company for 8 weeks. Our partner companies include BMW, Golden Gate Power, US China Law Council, TaxAid, and more! Students not only learn about American business culture, but gain skills practicing English in real-life business situations with other Americans.
We also have 3 Professional Certificate Programs, where students can deepen their knowledge of Marketing, Business Management or Project Management. These 4-week certificates not only help students learn English, but give them better skills in each of these areas.
Excellent Live Music and Nightlife The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many timeless artists, such as Journey, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, and Metallica, and continues to attract musical talent. Throughout the week, there are many live shows or DJs in venues throughout the city. Catch a big-name show at the historic Fillmore Theater or Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, or attend the popular music festivals “Outside Lands” and “Treasure Island”. Across the bay, in Oakland and Berkeley, you'll find even more entertainment, at the Fox and Greek Theaters. If you're a music lover, don't miss these amazing venues.
Diverse and accepting One of the most incredible aspects of living here is that the city celebrates and welcomes people from all backgrounds. With the birth of the free speech movement in Berkeley, across the bay, to the hippie movement here in Golden Gate Park in the 1960s, San Francisco continues to be a city that is home to a diverse community.
Excellent Arts and Culture San Francisco has attracted famous writers, artists, filmmakers, and creative people for decades. In San Francisco, you can enjoy world-class museums like the De Young or MoMa or discover local artists at “Art Murmur”, a popular outdoor street event in Oakland, across the bay. Attend a film festival, see a Broadway play on tour, or enjoy a food festival in our very eclectic city. stands for inclusion and progress. No matter where you are from, you can find your community here.
Promotes Sustainability and the Environment San Francisco was recently ranked “North America’s Greenest City” (Siemens Report, 2017) and it’s no surprise. From our numerous parks, to bicycle-sharing programs, to dozens of farmers’ markets supporting local farmers, the city makes a great effort to create a healthy place to live and work.
Beautiful Views Everywhere Watch a cable car climb a hill as the sun rises over the Bay Bridge, or hike in Point Reyes and admire the Pacific Ocean. There’s a photo opportunity around every corner, or just simply a moment to pause and say "Wow."
Unique and Delicious Food Try dim-sum in Chinatown, fresh cioppino in Little Italy, and sip world-class wine from Napa Valley, about an hour north. Along with cuisine from all around the world, we’re also the best place to be if you’re looking for delicious vegetarian dishes. Quinoa bowl with fresh avocado? We have that! And if you haven't tried our amazing Mexican Food, head over to a "taqueria" restaurant in the Mission Neighborhood to try a carnitas taco and sweet horchata drink.
Super friendly people The West Coast in the United States is very relaxed, and you will find this friendly attitude in San Francisco and at our school. We have a very large and beautiful student lounge, where you can study quietly or socialize. Our school design looks like a modern startup office, so you will definitely feel like you’re part of our city’s innovative culture when you study here.
Finally, people love to smile and laugh here, and you will feel like a part of the community in no time. Practice your English with the locals and other students, and you’ll make great friends in no time!
With all of these amazing attractions, it's no surprise that many people have left their hearts in this great city.
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