English as a Second Language (ESL) & Academic Support
Improve your English-language skills while enjoying summer in San Francisco.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center hires ESL tutors every semester to help you improve your English skills. Tutors offer flexible schedules and are skilled in addressing the challenge of learning English as a second language.
Arrival Information for New Students
See the Academic Calendar for important academic information.
Learn about community events, special lectures, exhibitions, and much more on CCA's events calendar.
Information about items to bring with you (as well as which items to buy once situated in CCA's residence halls, is outlined in our helpful housing FAQ.
Off-campus Housing Resources
Craigslist.org is a popular, local all-purpose website that provides classified ads for rental apartments, used and new furniture, jobs, internships, dating, cultural events, tickets, etc. A valuable resource for students!
Apartmentlist.com offers apartment listings in San Francisco & Oakland and the site is completely free,
Each city on the website is broken down into neighborhoods, highlighting pricing, noise level, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, etc. You can search for long-term and short-term rentals. This is a very useful housing resource.
Also visit the U.S. student residences website if you are looking for hostel living or a place as soon as you arrive to San Francisco. It has both weekly and monthly contracts and provides both shared and private rooms for students. The deposit is $300 and you need your admission letter and passport. Contact Shaun at email@example.com.
Internet Phone & Cell Phone Info
Skype is software that allows you to make free calls from your computer to other Skype users and quite inexpensive calls to ordinary phones.
Oakland & San Francisco Information Websites
Bay Area Maps & Transportation Websites
Additional Resources by Topic
- Online translator
- California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Listing of overseas U.S. embassies
- U.S. postal service (USPS)
- Visa waiting times (by country)
- San Francisco Bay Area weather
- Date & time converter
- Currency converter
Social security numbers (SSN) for international students (PDF)
Directions from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to CCA residence halls
International students seeking enrollment assistance should contact CCA's Office of International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP).
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