The English Language Center is located on the campus of the University of South Alabama in the western area of Mobile, Alabama. The Campus covers 1,200 acres, much of it forested. One of the oldest cities in the United States, greater Mobile has a population of 500,000 and is well known for its trees, gardens and historic architecture. The annual Mardi Gras (carnival) celebration in February and March draws thousands of visitors from other states to see three weeks of parades and festivities. Fishing, boating, and water sports are popular weekend activities.
The climate is subtropical, with mild winters and an average temperature of 68 degrees F. Mobile is an important port city and offers easy access to Gulf Coast beaches in Alabama and Florida. It is a 2-hour drive to the famous touristic city of New Orleans, Louisiana, which is known for its food, music and historic neighborhoods, and 45 minutes to Pensacola, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico.