About IES Hillcrest

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At IES Hillcrest, we are very organized and always listen to our students.  Our ESL classes are fun, easy and you will improve your English.  Coming to San Diego is fun and exciting, but we know our students are nervous.  The staff is very helpful and can fix your problems.  Our services focus on helping international students like you.  We want your stay in the United States to be fun, safe and easy.


IES Hillcrest offers a wide range of weekly activities at low or no cost.  This includes barbecues, beach parties, tennis, attending a San Diego Padres game, a harbor boat cruise, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, etc.


Students will receive a school ID card upon request. This can give you student discounts at many places like coffee shops, restaurants, the bank, clothing stores, hostels, and various entertainments. Click to see some places that you can get a student discount.


Our office staff is always available to assist you in any way we can, including such things as:

  • Housing arrangements
  • Travel arrangements
  • Activity arrangements
  • Public transportation
  • Opening a bank account
  • Obtaining a driver’s license
  • Buying or renting a car
  • TOEFL test arrangements.


Students can hang out and relax in the lounge during breaks and after class. We have comfortable couches where you can read magazines or the daily newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune. Or you can just chat with students from other countries.

In the Student Lounge, you can help yourself to coffee, tea, and drinking water.  Snacks are also provided most of the time.  There is a bulletin board to post things for sale or activity announcements. There is another bulletin board where you can read exceptional essays written by other students.


Our Computer Lab is open to students during school hours. Students can work on class projects and homework as well as surf the internet or check email. Students who want to bring their laptop can get internet access through our wireless connection. We have PCs, Macs, and color laser printers.


We offer a variety of ESL language courses at IES Hillcrest, and we focus on providing intensive English instruction to international students.  At IES Hillcrest, students will find a well-organized and structured academic curriculum, as well as a variety of support services.  These services have been carefully developed for the particular needs of international students to make their stay in the United States more rewarding.  We also offer TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and TESOL courses.

IES Hillcrest offers high educational standards and effective instructional techniques.  We are proud to list some of our approvals and affiliations, as follows:

  • United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service authorization to accept international students and issue F-1 Visas
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)
  • American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)
  • Teachers of English as Second or Other Language (TESOL)
  • California Association or Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (CATESOL)
  • California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS)


We are located in beautiful San Diego, California.  Our ESL school can be found at 1807 Robinson Avenue #201.