EC Partners

Los Angeles Pre-Arrival to First Day


EC Los Angeles
401 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200,
Santa Monica,
CA 90401,


+1 310 310 3868

Emergency Number

+1 (424) 428-8808
For use outside of office hours only

*If line is busy, please try again.

Airport Transfer Number :+1 310 339 6300

Opening Hours
Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



What is MyEC? 
MyEC is a personalised  study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. It also offers information about your EC centre, accommodation and information about living in your chosen destination.

Your Online Placement Test before Arrival

  • To help us place you in the right level when you start studying with us, you must complete your Online Placement test before you arrive at school. 
  • If you do not complete this test before your first day, you may miss some of the first day activities and/or class time as this test must be completed before you start class. 
  • The Online Placement Test focuses on Reading, Writing and Use of English (Grammar and Vocabulary) and consists of 66 questions. 
  • Your speaking level will be assessed on your first day in school 
  • For the instructions on how to complete your Online Placement Test, please go to 

When can I access MyEC? 
You will have access to MyEC as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here:

What else must I do on MyEC before my arrival? 
  • Download Microsoft Teams
  • Complete your Needs Analysis Form
  • Complete your placement test  
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey
  • Access a bank of study materials to start learning before you even leave home


Arrival at Airport

I want an EC airport transfer, can I arrive at any time? 
If you have booked accommodation with EC you must arrive at the airport between 08:00 and 20:00. Late/early arrivals may be asked to book alternative accommodation.

What information do I need to give to book an airport transfer? 
Please provide your flight number, arrival time, terminal and airport of origin – minimum 2 weeks in advance.

Who will I meet at the airport? 
For international arrivals, please follow the signs for Immigration, after you leave the plane. When exiting Immigration, the signs will guide you towards Baggage Reclaim. From here, continue to the Arrivals lounge where you will find an EC Transportation representative, near the exit, holding an EC Los Angeles sign. For domestic arrivals, follow the signs for Baggage Reclaim and you will find an EC Transportation representative holding an EC Los Angeles sign right after you pick up your luggage(s).

What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?
If after 10 minutes you cannot see the EC Transportation driver just call   +1 424 428 8808 (from the information desk or a mobile phone).Useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456). I cannot find my EC representative. I am at the information desk. Students also can go to the information desk in their terminal and request them to announce that they are looking for an EC representative there.

What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed? 
You should notify EC by calling +1 424 428 8808 (from the information desk or a mobile phone) to rearrange your transfer time and avoid additional cost. Useful phrase to use: My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456) and my flight has been changed. My new flight number is (1234) arriving at (time).

What should I do if I haven’t booked an EC transfer?
Please follow signage or ask for assistance in the airport to find the designated area for Uber, Lyft or taxi pickups at the airport.

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
You will receive a warm, personal welcome, whether you have booked home stay or residence. All our hosts are fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day of lessons. In our residences, an EC representative will be available at the weekend to help and answer any questions.


First Sunday Activities

What should I do on the Sunday before school starts?

You will have the option of participating in activities arranged by EC. This is an opportunity to meet other new EC students, relax and be introduced to your new city together. With an EC staff member on hand, you can also ask any questions you may have. We will notify you of the Sunday activity schedule around 2 weeks before you start school.

Your First Day at School

How can I find my way to school?
You can find this information on your EC Accommodation Profile, or feel free to ask your host family or residence. 


What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
We recommend you to plan your journey in advance using google maps and local bus routes.

What time should I arrive?  
On first Monday orientation starts at 10:00 am. Other days follow the time table schedule. 

What should I bring with me? 
It’s important to bring the following with you on your first day:

  • I-20 form(s) (F-1 students only)
  • Visa and passport
  • Proof of health insurance covering length of programme. This is required for you to start lessons
  • Your own notebook, pens, and laptop/ mobile tablet


What can I expect on my first day? 
While some changes have been made to the first day orientation to accommodate social distancing requirements, we can assure you that all students will still be met with a warm welcome from the school.

What will my timetable be? 
We will be providing the timetable at orientation on your first day of school.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on public holidays? 
Schools do not open on public holidays, so if Monday is a public holiday, your first day at the school will be on Tuesday. Public holidays are listed below.

2024 Public holidays on a weekday
1 Jan, 15 Jan, 19 Feb, 1 Apr, 27 May, 19 Jun, 4 Jul, 2 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 27 Nov, 28 Nov, 25 Dec

What do I do if public transportation is temporarily unavailable?  
In case of bad weather, public transport strikes etc, please check the EC Los Angeles Facebook page for any important updates or call the emergency number.

While you are in California

  • Please inform the school if you are unwell so we can support you and help you seek medical attention if necessary. 

If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to call our emergency phone number: +1 424 428 8808


What will my timetable be?

This is a sample timetable, times may change and are not guaranteed. For more information, please refer to the price list.

General English (20 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri)
Semi-Intensive English (24 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Tue & Thu)

Semi-Intensive English (26 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Mon, Wed & Fri) available in all 30+ schools and adult
schools in Canada and USA
Intensive English (30 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Mon-Fri)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:30 - 11:00 Core (Block 1)
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:45 Core (Block 2)
12:45 - 13:30 Break
13:30 - 15:00 Special Focus lessons
After School Language activities & school events/free time/study time