SSU English Program

“A Short Term Investment, For A Long Term Success”

Southern States University (SSU) was founded in Orange County, California in 1983, and received a grant of national accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in 2010. With four campuses in San Diego and one in Newport Beach, California, SSU educates business-oriented professionals from around the world. The University offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs, an Intensive English Program (18+ hours per week) and certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Professional Certificate).

Under new ownership, the University started its business degree and Intensive English programs at its Newport Beach campus in 2006, and today enrollment at SSU has surpassed 650, with additional campus locations added over the past three years in Mission Valley, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and San Marcos.

The University’s affordable tuition and monthly payment plans put higher education within reach of many students who otherwise could not afford it. Tuition at SSU is far lower per unit than at most other institutions offering MBA and BBA programs, and tuition pricing is the same for California residents, non-California residents and international students.

Affordable tuition does not mean inferior education. SSU has maintained “Institutional Approval” status by the State of California since its inception, and after four years of preparation, SSU was awarded a grant of national accreditation from ACICS in August 2010, certifying that the University meets all of the US Department of Education’s stringent standards required for accredited schools.

As SSU continues forward as an accredited institution, it remains student focused. SSU’s staff is attentive to students’ needs, and provides individualized academic and career counseling. The university also offers assistance in finding housing for its students. Many students, who come from countries including Brazil, Turkey, India, Japan, Korea and Italy, arrange to stay in apartments, condos or dorm-style accommodations, or to participate in home stays, where they live with local families. SSU also provides career and job placement assistance for its students and graduates. While a number of graduates have gone on to start and run their own businesses, others have found careers as business analysts, marketing managers, sales representatives, and information technology consultants.


Intensive English – I

  • 18 Hours per week
  • 3 hours core and 1.5 hour topic class per day
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Available mornings, afternoons and evenings

Intensive English – II

  • 30 Hours per week
  • 6 hours core and 1.5 hour topic class per day
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Available from 9am – 4:30pm in La Jolla campus only

TOEFL Preparation

  • 18 Hours per week
  • 3 hours TOEFL and 1.5 hour topic class per day
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Available mornings and afternoons

The Quarter Term: Although new students may start classes on any Monday of the year, our terms are 12 weeks long, giving students the time to study topics in detail. At the end of each term students are tested, given a final grade, and are required to move up to a more difficult level if appropriate.

The 8 Level System: Students are placed in one of eight skill levels, from beginner to fluent, depending on their individual abilities. Advanced students also have the choice of taking a TOEFL preparation class as their “core class”.

The Class Content:

“Core classes” focus on mastering the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as understanding the language systems like grammar and vocabulary. Courses often incorporate real world materials like newspapers and magazines, video and internet content, guest speakers and field trips to help students with practical, everyday English communications.

“Topic classes” focus on improving conversational skills, and give students the chance to apply what they have learned in their core class. A variety of topic classes are available, including Presentation Skills, Travel English, Idiom and Slang Vocabulary, Business English, American Culture, English for Professionals, and many others. Click here to check PROGRAM & PRICING, LOCATIONS & SESSION DATES

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