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Classic City Homestay


Home to world-famous landmarks like Disneyland, Hollywood and Universal Studios, Los Angeles gives students the absolute best that the Golden State has to offer. Students will learn English at EC Los Angeles, located in Santa Monica, and interact with locals in their homestay accommodation.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  •  20 lessons per week (15 hours)

  •  Course materials

  •  End of Course Certificate

  •  Max. 15 students per class

  •  Assistance and supervision from the EC Team

  •  Supervised activity programme (per week):
    -5 half-day activities
    -1 evening activity
    -1 full day activity*
    *excluding departure week

  • Transport to and from school and activities

  • Full board

Dates available

  • 04 Jan - 01 Feb 2020


  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • +1 (310) 625-1057

In a comfotable, local Los Angeles home, student will experience a new culture while enjoying a warm, friendly environment and home-cooked meals.

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities

  •  All homestays are under 60 minutes by public transport from the school.


Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.

Hosts serve three meals daily: breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner. They include the four basic food groups: protein (meat, fish, eggs), carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice), dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.), fruit and vegetables.


Juice and/or milk, fruit, cereal and/or muffins, toast/bagels.


Sandwich (e.g.,sliced turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce), fruit and vegetables (e.g.,apple, orange, banana, carrot and celery sticks), juice box, snacks (e.g.,pretzels, nuts, crackers).


(Sample Menu)
Pasta, salad, bread and cheese, dessert and/or fruit
Roast chicken and potatoes, cooked vegetables, dessert and/or fruit.

Dietary Requirements

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.

  • Vegetarian – will be provided at no supplement
  • Halal - will be provided at no supplement
  • Lactose intolerant & Vegan - will be provided at a supplement of $45 per week
  • Celiac & Gluten free -  will be provided at a supplement of $45 per week

    EC must be informed of specific dietary requirements at the time of the booking. While EC endeavours to accommodate special requests such as Dietary requirements, this will have to be confirmed at booking stage by the accommodation department.


Typically, accident and travel insurance will cover medical emergencies and repatriation. However, a basic visit to a clinic for a minor problem can be very expensive in the US. We strongly recommend full medical insurance is in place prior to arrival. This is available from EC for $25 per week if required. Any medical conditions, allergies, or medication that needs to be administered must be disclosed to EC at the time of booking.


Room Type

 Twin room with shared bathroom

Board status
Full board

Learning centre

Classes are held at EC Los Angeles, 401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Course: General English
20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

  • No lessons are held on the first day (Sunday), but students will be given a Placement Test, followed by orientation and an activity in the afternoon.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Regular projects, assignments and conversation classes help to ensure that students improve their English as much as possible.
  • The course will develop students’ English language skills by integrating the key areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Classes will begin on the second day (Monday) and students will follow a regular time table.


First Day

On the first day, all students take a placement test which allows academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability.

After the test, students will be given orientation. During the orientation, students will be provided with the schedule of classes, directions to classes and details on activities.

Maximum Class Size



All students must attend classes and activities on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example). In case of a student falling ill, an EC staff member will provide assistance.

Educational materials

Students receive all the necessary materials for their lessons. On the last day, students are presented with a Certificate of Attendance.

Extra Activity

  • Extra activities must be booked and paid at the time of course booking.
  • Lunch and Dinner are not provided on full day extra activities
  • Disneyland Day Trip: Alternate Saturday of Programme
  • Universal Studios Day Trip: Alternate Saturday of Programme

View Full Programme & More

Please view the programme for each week here 

Sample 2 week activity schedule 

SWelcome Talk & Placement Test Santa Monica BeachFree Evening
MThemed LessonsNatural History MuseumMovie Night / Welcome Event; Out of this World
TThemed LessonsSports DayArts and Crafts
WThemed LessonsMarshmallow TowersFree Evening
TThemed LessonsDowntown LA TourDowntown LA Tour
FThemed Lesson and Project WorkFarewell Party
SArrivals / Free Day or Optional Day Trip: Disneyland or Universal Studios
S                     Free Morning/Spend time with Host Families/Free Evening                                             
MThemed LessonsFrisbee/RoundersFilm Night/Welcome Party 
TThemed LessonsOscar - Introduction International Food Evening
WThemed LessonsFashion ShowOscar Filming
TThemed Lessons National Museum/Editing MoviesOscar Awards Night
FThemed Lesson & Cinema/Sports dayFree Evening
SDepartures/Free Day or Optional Day Trip: Disneyland or Universal Studios

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.

Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.


Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Standard curfew time is 22:00

Alcohol consumption

The legal drinking age in LA is 21 years. It is illegal for all students attending this course to consume alcohol, have someone buy alcohol on their behalf, or visit bars/clubs.


Using drugs, being under the influence of drugs or possessing drugs is illegal. Under no circumstances should students use, possess or be under the influence of drugs.


The legal age to buy tobacco is 21 years. It is illegal to buy tobacco or have someone buy tobacco on the student's behalf if they are under the legal smoking age.

Accommodation Rules

  • Students must return to their homestay after activities for meals.
  • A phone card must be used for all long distance phone calls from the family telephone. Please always get permission from your family before making any calls.
  • Students should lock the door when leaving the homestay.
  • Students must keep their room clean and tidy at all times.


 EC reserves the right to expel and repatriate a student at his/her own expense for any of the following reasons:

  • Possession of any illegal drugs
  • Drinking of or posession of alcohol
  • Malicious damage to school property or place of accommodation
  • If the student is a danger to his/her own safety or that of other students
  • Breaking American law
  • Repeated failure to attend academic lessons
  • Violation of any EC Homestay Terms and Conditions and/or School Rules.

In any of the above circumstances, the student is informed that their stay is going to be terminated with immediate effect. Simultaneously, EC informs the student’s agent of the student’s behaviour and the course of action to be taken. The earliest flight available is booked and an EC staff member accompanies the student to the airport to ensure that the student leaves the country. Following such action, EC will terminate all relationships with the student and will be unable to take further responsibility for the student. No refunds will be given to any students who have been expelled.

Course Certificate
Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate.

Visa Requirements

The program includes 15 hours of lessons per week plus activities and is considered a recreational program. Students can attend with a B-1 tourist visa and do not need an F-1 student visa.

Extra nights may be available at an additional fee; all requests are subject to availability.

EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.