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Welcome to California Language Academy

Welcome to California Language Academy


Thousands of students come to California every year to study English, but very few discover an authentic experience. California Language Academy was founded on the idea that language is living and vibrant. It must be experienced in order to be fully appreciated and understood. At California Language Academy, the staff is passionate about getting to know each person who walks through the doors!

“At California Language Academy students are not just a number, but part of our family.”  Ari and Alissa Olgun, Founders of CLA

California Language Academy was founded in 2010 by a husband and wife team who really care about each and every one of its students, partners and staff. The quality of instruction and personalized attention comes through with a student satisfaction rate over 98% and completion rates higher than 99%. CLA has been growing and growing over the years and now has two locations in sunny California. Our Los Angeles branch is located in “Silicon Beach”, close to many technology companies like Google, Yahoo!, YouTube and beaches like Venice, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. Our San Diego branch is in the heart of San Diego, in the famous “Gaslamp District”, surrounded by great restaurants and tourist attractions with easy access to all the great things that San Diego has to offer.

CLA is an intimate, student-focused, ACCET-accredited, SEVP approved language school with a wide variety of English programs for tourists and students on a student visa and was just shortlisted for the ST Star Award in the English Language School North America 2017 category for our two award-winning Southern California locations in Los Angeles and San Diego. We offer flexible schedules and many program choices, from Vacation English Programs of 6, 12 and 15 hours to Full-time intensive English programs of 18, 21 or 27 hours per week. CLA also offers a fabulous Winter and Summer Junior Study Tour Program in both locations, which is an all-inclusive program for teenagers aged 12-17, and we also offer residence, homestay, activities and more. Whether you want to study General English, Business English or prepare for an Exam like the TOEFL, IELTS, CAE/FCE, or TOEIC, California Language Academy goes out of its way to ensure that students reach their goals and experience the real California.

Why should you choose CLA?

  1. Top Accreditations, Memberships and Awards: In 2017, CLA received the highest level of accreditation by ACCET, was shortlisted for the 2017 ST Star Awards – Best English Language School North America category, and was accepted into Quality English.

  2. Intimate Language Experience: CLA is a family owned and operated boutique language school that welcomes each one of our students, staff and partners into our family and takes the time to know and understand the needs of everyone.

  3. Location: We have two amazing Southern California locations. Our first branch is in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world and our second location is in the Historic Gaslamp Quarters of downtown San Diego.

  4. Ideal Classroom Environment: At CLA we believe that language is living and vibrant and therefore must be experienced. We have a max class size of 10 students to offer more personalized attention and have a diverse nationality mix with students from over 45 different countries.

  5. Complete Package: We offer everything a student may need, including: in-house managed accommodations in homestays or residences, weekly activities (like tours of UCLA, Google, and YouTube) and exciting weekend excursions (like Las Vegas, San Francisco and Yosemite). We also help with all student services from insurance to visa assistance.

If you have any questions regarding CLA, please feel free to contact us at or check out our website We look forward to working with you soon!




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