I.A.E San Diego

Learn to Read, Write, Speak and Understand English!

The International Academy of English (IAE), founded in 1999, is a school designed for students from around the world to learn English in an intensive, dynamic and collaborative setting.  Its founder, Carmen Junqueira Gomide Tepper, attended an intensive English program at UCLA as a young adult and knew first hand the positive influence the experience had on her life and career.  As a Brazilian making her home in San Diego, Tepper saw the need for an affordable, high quality English language school in southern California.

The first IAE classroom opened in central San Diego with just a few students, but soon Tepper’s combination of excellent instruction and affordable pricing in a relaxed atmosphere caught on with students.  The Academy is now teaching more than 500 students, studying at five campuses – three in San Diego and two in Las Vegas.

Students at IAE enroll in a 13-week program with 18 hours of classroom instruction each week.  Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday through Thursday.  Eight levels of instruction are offered – from beginner to advanced – by experienced instructors who have taught English as a second language to students around the world.  Students learn in a group setting, as well as individually with the latest in interactive multimedia software.  IAE’s comprehensive program ensures that students will leave with improved skills and confidence to read, write, speak and understand the English language.

IAE provides assistance to its students with finding short-term housing in apartments, condos, dorm-style accommodations or home stays with local families.  The Academy also offers study packages that let students mix learning with fun.  Language lessons can be combined with surf and golf instruction, or time with a personal trainer.  For students aged 15-18 there is a package which combines language classes with one week at SeaWorld’s Adventure Camp, and there is even a package just for couples that includes ocean-view accommodations, fitness classes and a harbor cruise for two.

At the completion of their studies, students receive an IAE Certificate of Participation, or a Certificate of Completion, as well as a report describing their abilities in each skill area. Not only do students learn English at IAE, they also make lasting friendships with people from all over the world

The English Programs are:


  • $350.00/4 weeks
  • 18 hours/week
  • Monday – Thursday: Morning / Afternoon
  • Evening Session (High Levels): $300.00


  • $600.00/4 weeks
  • 30 hours per week
  • Monday through Thursday


  • Morning: $350.00/4 weeks
  • Monday – Thursday (18 hours/week)