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ELS USA LOCATIONS

Atlanta, GA

1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
Tel.: (678)915-4960
On the campus of: Southern Polytechnic State University
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ELS/Atlanta is located on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). Atlanta is a diverse, progressive Southern city where you can enjoy activities including CNN studios tours, the World of Coca-Cola, Six Flags Amusement Park® and various sporting events. SPSU currently enrolls students from 82 countries.


  • Campus apartment-style housing or homestay
  • Atlanta's variety of cultural attractions and nightlife
  • Quiet and safe residential area within 20 minutes of Atlanta
  • On Campus Facility Use

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 40
Bank 5
Downtown Area 30/50
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 20
Supermarket 15
Bus Stop/Subway 10

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Electricity

110V 60KHz.
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Programs available at this location

2014 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction


Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction


Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction


On-Campus Student Apartments - Hornet Village On-Campus Student Apartments - Hornet Village On-Campus Student Apartments - Hornet Village Stingers Cafeteria Stingers Cafeteria

Hornet Village(Student Residence (On Campus))

Southern Polytechnic State University

Each suite in this lovely, modern and stylish building has two single bedrooms and a shared bathroom. There will be a microwave and refrigerator in each suite. Linens are provided. Hornet Village Suites was constructed less than two years ago and features carpeted hallways, lounge rooms with game consoles, wireless internet access, high-speed ethernet ports, key-card security access, elevators and a 24- hour laundry facility. It is located less than two minutes' walk from the ELS Center and is immediately next to Stingers Restaurant, SPSU's modern student cafeteria.

Price per Session $860
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $145
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Meal Plan A Option: $507 = This is the default plan for ELS students who live in Hornet Village. This plan allows students to eat 50 meals at Stinger's and gives the student $100 of flex credit to use at any other dining location on campus.
Meal Plan B Option: $837 = This plan allows students to eat 100 meals at Stinger's and gives the student $50 of flex credit to use at any other dining location on campus.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their own transportation. Most students use the bus to come to the campus/ELS.

Price per Session $1000
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $145
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

SPSU - Q Building - Engineering Technology Center SPSU - J Building - Atrium building and home to ELS/Atlanta. SPSU - Student Center SPSU Health & Wellness Center SPSU Campus Center Historic Marietta Square Promenade in front of Building J and Architecture SPSU Library Promenade in front of Building J and Architecture Around campus. City of Marietta City of Marietta - ChalkFest City of Marietta - music concerts City of Marietta - Christmas
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Only some classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Cafeteria

What is Conditional Admission?

Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.

Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.

Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.

What is the Conditional Admission Process?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Shea Minnick

Shea Minnick

Center Director

My passion for language and culture began as a child. My grandmother was an immigrant to the United States and with her she brought her South American love of food, dance and music. I remember hearing merengue for the first time at the age of nine in the Dominican Republic, and I could not sit in my seat but had to dance! As a teenager and young adult I spent quite a lot of time traveling in beautiful central Mexico, as well as studying a year of university there. I completed a BA in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and have also studied French and Turkish. Prior to becoming part of the ELS family, I taught English as a Second Language at several institutions in Atlanta and moved into managerial and directorial positions. I am so happy to welcome you to ELS Atlanta!

Martha Neal

Martha Neal

Academic Director

I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri and have lived in Atlanta over 30 years. I began teaching English in the mid 1970’s while an undergraduate working for the Texas Migrant Council in Archbold, Ohio. I have taught in language programs in Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba Honduras, Central America and locally for the Atlanta Public Schools and Atlanta Public Library System. I taught at ELS Atlanta briefly in 2001 and returned to teach full-time in 2005 before becoming Academic Director in 2008. In addition to teaching, I have been a social services manager, director, and community organizer for various non-profit agencies and programs in the metro area. Other interests include past volunteer work for Atlanta Ministry with International Students (AMIS) and the Edna Raine Wardlaw Coker Women’s Shelter. I enjoy my current hobby exploring art museums, especially western art which depicts nature and Native American life in the West.

Heather Chandler

Heather Chandler

International Student Advisor

I have worked at ELS Language Centers since August of 2008. My introduction into the ESL world began by volunteer teaching ESL to adult learners at night through a low-cost program. My Mom, Aunt and Grandmother were all immigrants to this country, so I wanted to help out others who were new to this country through my love of learning and languages. I loved teaching so much that I went back to school for my TESOL certificate and started as a substitute teacher at ELS Language Centers. Since then I moved up to being a full-time teacher and then International Student Advisor. Now I love teaching the students about my city as we go out and discover Atlanta together. Nothing is better than getting to know your own city by experiencing it through another’s eyes.

In my spare time, I’m currently studying for my Private Pilot’s Certificate and volunteer with such organizations as the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and the CAP (Civil Air Patrol). I also run to stay in shape, training for 5k road races and obstacle course races.

Charlotte Baker

Charlotte Baker

Registrar

I started working at ELS in 2010, and one thing that hasn't changed is my inability to travel the world. But being the Registrar here has brought the world to me. I have seen passports and faces from all over the globe. I have learned about so many cultures during my time here, and I hope I have been able to share some of mine with the students. I hope to begin teaching at ELS in time, and I plan to bring my love for languages and literature to the classroom.

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

IELTS Administrator

I’m a native of Brooklyn, New York, but my family is from Jamaica, West Indies. My connection to all things international was introduced to me as a child. I always knew that I would continue to interact and/or work with people from other countries because I’ve always been drawn to language and culture. I hold a Dual Degree in Spanish and International Business, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. After returning from my studies in Ecuador, I briefly taught Spanish and ESL classes at a language school in Georgia. While my area of interest is Business Relations, I find it just as rewarding to counsel International students. The highlight of my job as the IELTS Administrator is meeting new candidates from all over the world each month and speaking with them regarding their plans for the future. Having an ideal staff in place makes it all the more an enjoyable experience.

When I’m not in the office, I’m either writing, or working on projects related to my own business. I love creating/ hosting workshops and events. Where there’s a need…I fill it. A cup of tea and my lap top is all I need to keep me in my zone. At the top of the charts would be excursions with my husband and son. You’ve just got to love family!

Ramón Alvarez

Ramón Alvarez

Instructional Specialist

Born and raised in Texas, I came to the great State of Georgia in October 2007. I've been teaching at ELS since August 2008. I enjoy teaching English at ELS, and it is indeed a privilege to work in an environment where the world comes together and learns with one another. For leisure, I enjoy walking in nature trails and working in my garden. I love classical music, enjoy watching movies, reading the classics and learning about different cultures. I also speak Spanish fluently and take pleasure in sharing my Mexican heritage with those with whom I meet.

Carl LeCroy

Carl LeCroy

Instructor

I bring into the classroom my experiences studying and teaching in Germany and China, where I improved my proficiency in German and Chinese. Students sometimes ask about my years in Washington, D.C. where I taught English to diplomatic and other international personnel. Non-teaching jobs there brought me into daily contact with Congressional staffs. I often like to bring a touch of humor into class discussions of history, art, cultural differences and the occasional craziness of English spelling and usage.

Derek Gantt

Derek Gantt

Instructor

I was born and raised in the metro Atlanta area, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge about the local area with my students. I taught children and adults in Japan for several years before returning to Georgia in 2011; in May of that year, I began teaching at ELS/Atlanta. It is a great pleasure to work with students in a place where we can travel all over the world without needing a passport. In my free time, I enjoy reading works of literature and popular fiction, watching classic and new movies, and trying new kinds of food.

Candace Paetzhold

Candace Paetzhold

Instructor

Before becoming a teacher, I knew I loved learning about cultures and wanted to have a positive influence on the people of the world. Teaching at ELS has given me the opportunity to do both. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Kansas State University, a paralegal certificate, and began working toward a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). I more recently earned the CELTA certificate, which focuses on teaching the English language to adults. I enjoy my family (especially the two little granddaughters!), traveling, gardening, tennis and learning from my students.

Rochelle Zimmer

Rochelle Zimmer

Instructor

Originally from Las Vegas, NV, USA, I started teaching ESL 13 years ago in Tunis, Tunisia. I found that I loved this field and when I returned to the US, I continued in this work in the Atlanta area. Being part of the team at ELS has been very rewarding to me, because of both my wonderful colleagues and my amazing students, whom I get to see on a daily basis. I am grateful to be on such a great team and to be part of the lives of so many young people from around the world.

Nigel Blunden

Nigel Blunden

Instructor

I was born and raised in England and have lived on three continents. After completing my technical training and education, I joined the P&O Steam Navigation Company as an Electrical Officer. With P&O I was able to work and travel to nearly 60 countries on 5 continents.

I have been teaching at ELS for eight years and find it very rewarding. It gives me the opportunity to teach English and to continue to understand and to learn about cultural similarities and differences.

I have extensive business experience working for an international company, management experience with two educational institutions and owning and managing my own business. This, along with my MBA, is particularly useful when teaching executives and other business professionals that come to ELS for the “English for Executives” program. In the EFE program we have helped Chief Executive Officers, Lawyers, Senior Military Officers, PhD Scientists, Engineers, Chemists, Sales Managers, Physicians, HR Managers and other business professionals to improve their English proficiency.

I enjoy traveling, reading, photography, cooking, and most forms of music.

Irina Popova

Irina Popova

Instructor

Ever since the first time I heard the English language at the age of four, I had wanted to become an English teacher. In order to fulfill this dream, I graduated from Kemerovo State University in Russia with a Master’s degree in TESOL and English Literature. Now, after 15 years of teaching in Russia and the US, I’m glad I made that choice. I am passionate about helping my students improve their language skills so I find my job very rewarding. I learn from my students, too, and enjoy sharing cultural knowledge with my husband and two daughters. We try to keep Russian language and traditions in the family, so I understand the people of different cultural backgrounds that I meet here at ELS.

Maria Pilar

July 25, 2014

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ELS Atlanta has good teachers with a lot of patience and [who are] very involved in our development. It is total immersion, you speak English all day with your classmates, teachers, when you go to the supermarket, etc. I really improved my level of English. I feel more comfortable when I speak. And the best - you get to know people with different languages, cultures and traditions. It's a good life experience.

-Maria Pilar,Chile

Carolina

July 25, 2014

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When I arrived to ELS Atlanta, the first thing that I noticed was the quality in all the things around me. The administrative employees and the professors want the best for you, and they show interest in your learning. Besides, you can know people from the other side of the world and learn about their culture, too. This is an amazing experience and I'm so happy to be here.

-Carolina,Colombia

Saleh

July 25, 2014

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-Do you want to live and study in places you love?
-Do certain locations inspire you and bring out the best in you?
I think ELS Centre in Atlanta is the best place where you can learn English with the best teachers. :)

-Saleh,Kuwait

Fahad

July 25, 2014

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I have been studying at ELS for 8 months now. It really is a good language school because we are like one family together. The teachers are great here, too.

-Fahad,Saudi Arabia

Graduates!

August 14, 2014


Students love to celebrate with each other at the Final Ceremony each session.

CNN News Headquarters

August 14, 2014


Students visit the global headquarters of CNN News!

Homestay BBQ

August 14, 2014


Students have a BBQ at a homestay home!

Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson

August 14, 2014


Students went to the amazing Cirque show based on Michael Jackson.

Fun with Mark's Homestay

July 28, 2014


Mark's Homestay hosts events for local international students in Atlanta.

Earth Day 2014

May 5, 2014


Students helped plant a tree and we took a NASA #GlobalSelfie for Earth Day!

Visit to the Georgia Aquarium

March 20, 2014


ELS Atlanta students experience a different type of "school"!

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Center Newsletter for April 14th

Center Newsletter for April 14th

Center newsletter, informing students of events on or around the center.

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Center Newsletter for July 2nd

Center Newsletter for July 2nd

Center newsletter, which informs students of event on or around the center.

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Center Newsletter for June

Center Newsletter for June

Center newsletter, informing students of events on or around the center.

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ELS at Southern Polytechnic State University

ELS at Southern Polytechnic State University

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Atlanta ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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ELS Session 5 Calendar

ELS Session 5 Calendar

Student activities for May

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ELS Session 6 Calendar

ELS Session 6 Calendar

Student Activities for June

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ELS Session 7 Calendar

ELS Session 7 Calendar

Atlanta Activities for July

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ELS Session 8 Calendar

ELS Session 8 Calendar

Atlanta Student Activities for July/August

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ELS Session 9 Calendar

ELS Session 9 Calendar

Atlanta Student Activities for August/September

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Hornet Village Single Dorm Room

Hornet Village Single Dorm Room

Floor plan of ELS dorm rooms in the Hornet Village housing

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Southern Polytechnic Campus Map

Southern Polytechnic Campus Map

Map of the campus

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