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Boston-Downtown, MA

125 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel.: (617) 574-4820
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)


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ELS/Boston - Downtown is located on Tremont Street, at the crossroads of Beacon Hill and Downtown Crossing. The Boston Commons, Government Center, Theater District and Chinatown are all within walking distance from the Center. The Center is also close to Boston’s Back Bay area – rich with many major universities, restaurants, museums, shopping and other tourist attractions.

  • In the middle of downtown Boston
  • Boston's excellent public transportation
  • Boston's cultural events & professional sports
  • Close enough to Cape Cod beaches for weekend trips

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 12 to 30
Bank 5
Downtown Area 1
Post Office 15
Restaurant(s) 1
Shopping Mall/Outlet 5 to 10
Supermarket 10 to 25
Bus Stop/Subway 1








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2015 Cost Per Session
$2040 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2015 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD

Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

View of ESL Townhouse ESL Townhouse, 81 Park Drive, Boston 20 minutes from school. Fall View Towards ESL Townhouse from Museum of Fine Arts ESL Townhouse Two person room Desk, drawer set, and free wifi for each student Private bathroom Private kitchen with all supplies

ESL Townhouse(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Each room contains individual bed, desk, large bureau, linens, closet. A full kitchen for each 2 or 3 students. Great shopping and restaurants minutes away. Recreational fields and nature preserve across from dormitory. 10 minute walk to Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Fenway Park for Boston Red Sox. Also short walk to Newbury St. shopping district and Boston Symphony Hall. Many of Boston's top universities and hospitals surround this Dorm. This is the heart of Boston.

Price per Session $1565 - 1865
Occupancy Double, Double, Double, Single - ELS students will be housed in one-bedroom suites. Each bedroom has two beds, double occupancy. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and full bath.
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students use the bus, subway or bicycle to reach ELS/Boston-Downtown.

Price per Session $1210
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

The staff at ELS Boston Downtown the Swan Boats are out and running for the rest of the summer! This is our building in historic Downtown Boston. The Massachusetts State House- right up the street! our NEW Event Wall! Introducing our new College of the Week! Every Friday, we will Change this board to promote a new college or university to attend after their studies here at ELS Boston Downtown. Fall View Towards Back Bay Bus Stop One Block Away Rose Garden Across the Street Museum of Fine Arts Across the Park Students working together with teacher supervising Students working in Computer Lab on individual programs Quincy Market Boston Common on Memorial Day Greenway and Customs Tower from Rowes Wharf view from the summer terrace in Boston Common Greenway and Customs Tower from Haymarket Boston Common Boston Garden in the Summer time George Washington statue supporting Boston sports The famed Newbury street
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible

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

Kaitlin Farris

Kaitlin Farris

Center Director

I want to welcome you to the most exciting location for studying English in the U.S.A. ELS Boston Downtown is situated among the best universities in the world. It is truly a city of students! Boston is home to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and so many more. In addition to its rich academic culture, Boston is a city full of history. Just outside our door one can follow the steps of the freedom trail, visit the home of Paul Revere and hear the stories of the American Revolution!

As the Center Director here in Boston, I want to welcome you to our wonderful school and city. I hold a Bachelors degree in Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, and I have found my true passion in the field of international education. After studying abroad myself, I know first hand the challenges and opportunities that lie in this experience. I look forward to meeting each and every student that choose to study at our institution, and the team of superb instructors and staff that we have here will help your students succeed in learning English and reaching their personal goals.

Valerie Robinson

Valerie Robinson

Academic Director

Hello! My name is Valerie Robinson and I am the Academic Director of ELS Boston. I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri and have BA/BS in Philosophy and Linguistics and a M.Ed in TESOL. Language, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies are my passions. Before coming to ELS Boston, I taught English both here in the US and in South Korea. I hope to help our students reach their academic goals and our teachers to reach their professional ones. I am here at this center to serve you. Most importantly, I want to help both our students and our teachers become advocates for themselves. I look forward to working with you.

Sarah dePina

Sarah dePina

Assistant Academic Director

I joined ELS Boston in October with four years of teaching experience in non-profits and language schools in the Boston area. I truly love to help students and teachers develop their skills. Prior to coming to Boston, I served in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde for three years as a community development volunteer where I also provided teaching support to local schools and community groups. I understand that learning a language involves so much more than vocabulary and grammar, it’s really learning to be yourself in a new environment. Boston is a fantastic community in which to live, work and study.

Miriam Evangelista

Miriam Evangelista

International Student Advisor

Miriam Evangelista was born and raised in Italy. She has studied abroad many times and has traveled to over 20 countries. Her passion for travel and international education led her to join ELS Language Centers in Boston where she is responsible for advising students from all over the world and assisting them with VISA requirements.
Her position at ELS is a continuation of her interest in language facilitation and cultural exchange and a good use of her previous experience in teaching and school admissions.
Miriam holds a Bachelor Degree in International Economics from Bocconi University and a Master Degree in International Relations from Boston University

Chao Lu

Chao Lu


Mr. Chao J. Lu is the
Registrar at ELS Boston Center. As an immigrant, he came to the US when he was
nineteen. He went from the ESL language courses to university studies, and
received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of
Massachusetts Boston. He has background
in both Chinese and American Culture, and also understands the demands of
international students. He has seven years accounting experience in business
that help him to achieve his goals, and he is a Candidate for Certified Public
Accountant Certification at the present time.

Camilo Valencia

Camilo Valencia

Homestay Coordinator

I’m originally from Medellin, Colombia. I studied International business and taught Business English during my university years. I am the Homestay Coordinator and I look forward to providing students with the best “living the American lifestyle” experience by matching them with wonderful hosts during their studies at ELS-Boston. I enjoy having friends all over the world and in my spare time I like to play Ultimate Frisbee.

Ryan Brux

Ryan Brux

Director, ELS TEFL Certification Program

Greetings! I want to welcome and extend to you a very warm greeting from the heart of downtown Boston – the City of Champions! With our 4-week intensive, 130-hour TEFL Certificate Program, ELS, in partnership with Via Lingua, is proud to offer you the opportunity to become an internationally certified English teacher. As director of this exciting program – and more importantly as someone who understands what an effective program looks like (having gone through one myself) I am committed to providing you with a world-class training experience that will give you the competitive edge to be the successful teacher that you were meant to be.

About me: I received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in TESOL from Hunter College in New York City. In addition to these degrees, I also have certificates in TEFL and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I have over 12 years of experience in teaching and teacher training, having taught in the Czech Republic, Thailand, South Korea, Peru and in the public schools in New York City and Seattle, Washington. I am an active member of International TESOL and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and have presented my work at several conferences worldwide. Teaching and learning truly is the backbone of who I have become, and it is with great privilege that I pass this passion on to you. As you continue to explore the exciting benefits of teaching English, I hope you will seriously look at the many strengths of the ELS Via Lingua TEFL Certificate Program. I look forward to meeting you at one of our many upcoming courses! And please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of our fantastic programs.

Abdullah Altayar

February 3, 2015


I have been studying at ELS for more than one year. The people in the school have become as close to me as my family. The reason I stayed here so long is the great education system that ELS offers for his students as well as the welcoming atmosphere of the school. I have so many beautiful memories with classmates and teachers of the classes and fun activities we did together. I will never forget them!

-Abdullah Altayar,Saudi Arabia

Soyeon Lee

February 3, 2015


I have studied in ELS for 4 months and I really enjoyed my time there. The best things that ELS has is the "policy" of leveling up the class. The student can level up only if they have sufficient grade such as GPA or final test, which is taken the end of a session. Knowing this, most students are very motivated to fulfill all assignment they are required for class. This attitude affects not only their grades but also the atmosphere in the school. Needless to say, the more we go through all kinds of assignments, the bigger the fellowship among classmates becomes. Of course, we don't only study all the time. During class, we also enjoy games and funny activities.

-Soyeon Lee,South Korea

Andrea and Valeria

July 11, 2014


We have been at ELS for 3 months and we really enjoy being here because we have made a lot of friends from different countries. The teachers at ELS are the best! They are extremely friendly and they are always available to help students. The school is located in an excellent spot because it's surrounded by shops and restaurants and it is right across the street from the Boston Commons, which is a beautiful park to visit. This has been an unique experience and we are very grateful for the memories that ELS has created in our hearts!

-Andrea and Valeria,Venezuela


July 11, 2014


My name is Yo and I come from Thailand. I have been at ELS since March and I am very proud of myself because I have improved my English skills since I started. Everyday I come here and I always learn something new from my teachers and my classmates. Beside this, I always have a good time with the friends I made here and I have learned a lot about their cultures. This is a great experience that I wish everyone to have! Also, if you are trying to go to university, ELS will help you because it has more than 600 partner schools. My experience here is unforgettable!



July 9, 2014


“I came to Boston to learn English. I chose ELS Boston-Downtown and it really exceeded my expectations! It provided me with all the tools to improve my English and the people who work there are always in a good mood and ready to help you. I love ELS because it gave me the opportunity to learn English in a short time. If you want to study English, I recommend you ELS … I am sure you will keep it in your heart for the rest of your life! “



July 9, 2014


“ Hello, my name is Badr and I am a student at ELS Boston-Downtown. ELS is really the best school I have ever studied at! I would like to share my journey at ELS … First of all, the teachers are amazing and they helped me a lot. Second, the people who study at ELS are very friendly. Third,the location of the school is great, right in the heart of Boston. Finally,don’t waste your time applying to other schools! ELS is the best! “

-Badr,Saudi Arabia


July 9, 2014


Hello, I am Maho. I am from Japan and I have been in ELS Boston Downtown for 4 months. I like the location of the school because it's near shops, restaurants and museums! Also, at school we have many academic classes that will help us to go to university. All the teachers are helpful, friendly and flexible. I really enjoy my time at ELS and the friendships I made here!


ELS Students Speak from Boston-Downtown: 101- graduation

November 13, 2013

ELS Students Speak about Boston-Downtown

November 13, 2013


June 24, 2013


I had a great experience in ELS Boston Downtown. What was the most impressive for me is the size of a class. Compared to Japan, the size is much smaller, there are only about 10 students in class. So, students can easily make a friend with another person and enjoy cultural interaction. I am very happy to come here and expand my world. These experiences are really precious for my life.



June 24, 2013


While here I have improved my academic English, I have learned more about other cultures and I have had a wonderful time in ELS Boston Downtown.

-Yasser,Saudi Arabia


June 24, 2013


I used to be a student in Boston Downtown for 5 sessions. I find the reading-writing course especially helpful since I had to take two Expository writing classes in college and it was a relatively easy experience for me compared to the other foreign students. I two 4.0's in my grade report and ELS made it easier to get those.


Students Speak: Aymara from ELS/Boston-Downtown

June 13, 2013

Students Speak: Gulsah from ELS/Boston-Downtown

June 13, 2013


February 27, 2015

The hard work has paid off! Congratulations to our recent graduates!


February 27, 2015

The hard work has paid off! Congratulations to our recent graduates!!

Mount Sunapee Ski Trip

February 5, 2015

Mount Sunapee Ski Trip

Taza Chocolate Tour with Alexis

January 21, 2015

It was so interesting to learn about the chocolate making process at the Taza Factory ... and the samples were the best part!


January 9, 2015

The first graduation of the year was a great success! Our students ambassadors did a great job in organizing it !

Ice Skating with Emily

December 23, 2014

What a fun day ice skating with teacher Emily!

Bowling with teacher Chris!

December 11, 2014

What a fun night!

Tour of Harvard University

November 21, 2014

We spent the afternoon visiting the campus of the most prestigious university in the country: Harvard University!

Visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art

November 20, 2014

The visit to the ICA was very interesting. So much art and beautiful inspiration!


November 20, 2014

Paintball with Emily was so much fun!

Halloween Party! Part 2

November 13, 2014

More and more fun from Halloween!

Halloween Party!

November 6, 2014

The Halloween Party was a success! Great costumes, scary games, prizes and a terrific hunted house!

Halloween Party!

November 6, 2014

The Halloween Party was a success! Great costumes, prizes, scary games and a terrific hunted house!!

Pumpkin Carving!

October 23, 2014

Teacher Lauren and Teacher Emily shared all their artistic talents with the students and they created beautiful carved pumpkins. Pick your favorite one!!

Trip to Old Orchard Beach

October 3, 2014

One last trip to the beach before saying goodbye to summer! We even took a surfing class ... it was so much fun!

*Trip to Old Orchard Beach

October 3, 2014

One last chance to enjoy beach, sun and fun by the ocean before saying goodbye to summer! We even took a surfing class! It was so much fun


ELS at Boston-Downtown

ELS at Boston-Downtown

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Student Activity Calendar 4B

Student Activity Calendar 4B

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Student Activity Calendar Session 3B

Student Activity Calendar Session 3B

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