Study abroad in San Francisco, San Rafael

Learn English and Study abroad in San Francisco (USA)

San Francisco North Bay
190 Palm Avenue San FranciscocaCA 94901-8008US

San Rafael, a colourful city of California

There are many reasons to study in San Rafael. Located only 30 minutes north of downtown San Francisco, you can take a step back from the hustle and bustle while still enjoying the California sun. San Rafael has approximately 60,000 residents who enjoy a Mediterranean climate. Enrich your stay in the North Bay area by discovering all that the city has to offer. On foot or by bike, explore the world-famous wine valleys, Napa and Sonoma, and enjoy your proximity to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

Explore the streets of San Francisco

From North Bay, go to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge: the first must see of the city. Next, begin your climb to the top of the Twin Peaks which will offer you a superb view of the bay, featuring the island of Alcatraz. Experience the urban life of the city, by taking a ride on one of the famous cable cars. Visit Pier 39 which is full of shops and walk to visit Victorian houses that define their neighbourhoods.

English courses at Dominican University of California

ELS San Francisco is located on the campus of Dominican University of California, which is walking distance from the city. At the university, you will find a comprehensive range of facilities. You will have access to a computer room, a language education technology center and a library to enhance your English studies. After classes, you can relax in with other students in the leisure center, play table tennis and billiards or play music in the music rooms. A health center is also available on campus.

For those who love their sport, you will have plenty of facilities tailored to your interests during your stay. There is a gym, a soccer field, a golf course (at an extra cost), tennis courts, fitness center (fitness classes and aerobics at an extra cost), basketball and volleyball courts, and also the outdoor pool! Participating in sport is one of the best ways to meet other students and practice your English. After all of these activities, are you feeling a bit hungry? You will find a cafeteria and a snack bar on campus!

An ELS language course is the perfect way to prepare for studying in a U.S. University. Contact your ELS advisor to find out how you can apply to our 650 partner universities.


190 Palm Avenue, Pennafort Hall
San Rafael, CA 94901-8008


001 415 485 3224

On the campus of:

Dominican University of California

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The Pennafort Hall Residence

Pennafort Hall residence is located on the campus, in the same building as the school. It offers triple rooms with a shared bathroom, a telephone and internet access. Students will have access to all the facilities of the university and the opportunity to interact with local students who also live in the residence. Fourteen meals each week are included in the accommodation cost. For other meals, a kitchenette with a sink and a microwave are available on residence, and several supermarkets and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Residence San Rafael

The San Rafael Residence is located off the campus. Most of the rooms are doubles, although singles and triples are available on request. The bathrooms are shared, usually one bathroom between two rooms. Bedding and towels are provided. A recreation room with a TV and DVD players is available as well as a kitchen, a dining room and a games room with table tennis. A self-service laundry is available and many amenities (bank, supermarket, restaurants) are within easy walking distance.

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