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Centers & Locations
"Students shouldn't miss the opportunity to study English abroad because they will have contact with American people to practice their knowledge and learn about their culture. "
1 Old Ferry Road - ELS
Bristol, RI 02809
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Roger Williams University For more information on this institution's programs click here
ELS/Bristol is located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Roger Williams University (RWU) in the historic seaport town of Bristol, Rhode Island. The campus is only 30 minutes from Providence and Newport and one hour from Boston – all accessible by public transportation for recreation, shopping, dining and more. Bristol is just 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.
Private University campus location
On Campus Facility Use
Off campus student residence and convenient homestays
Four-person suites have kitchens, a deck, plenty of closet space, and a living room. Additionally, suites have kitchens with large refrigerators and stove/ovens. Stop and Shop grocery store nearby. Subway sandwich shop, a pizza restaurant in close proximity. A fifteen-minute walk to many downtown restaurants.
Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students arrive at the campus by bus. Some families are close and provide bicycles.
Price per Session
$170 - 270
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week
Swimming pool (indoor)
Center is handicapped accessible
Only some 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?
Find a university via our University Finder
Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
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."
Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
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Meet the Staff
Hi! I'm the Center Director here at ELS Bristol, where I have been since 2007, as a teacher and then Academic Director. Before coming to ELS, I taught business English in both English and German and taught reading and writing to students of all ages in my home state of Connecticut. I also studied abroad as an international student, so I can relate to the experiences of our students here at ELS. I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Allegheny College, a CELTA from the University of Cambridge and an MA TESOL at Adelphi University. I enjoy living in Rhode Island, the smallest state but one of the most beautiful, and look forward to welcoming students from all over the world to our center!
Assistant Academic Director
Hello. I'm the Assistant Academic Director for ELS Bristol. I was a teacher here for over three years before becoming AAD. Before that I was teaching ESL in Uruguay where I lived for four years. My educational background is in English and I hold a CELTA from University of Cambridge. I am originally from New Jersey, but I've adopted beautiful Bristol as my new hometown. I am also a fine art photographer, and here there are so many opportunities to take amazing pictures!
International Student Advisor
Sziasztok! I am the International Student Advisor in Bristol, Rhode Island. Originally, I am from Florida, but I have a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an MA in International Relations from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. I fell in love with Central Europe while living In Hungary and learning about my Hungarian ancestry. I hope I can show our international students the amazing cultural exchange that I felt during my time abroad. In my spare time I love to travel and do anything related to music—going to operas, musicals, orchestra, and live concerts. I played the viola for ten years and I just started playing again! I look forward to meeting all of our new students and I cannot wait for them to show me something about their culture. Viszlát!
I’m originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where I studied Business Administration. I am the Registrar at ELS Bristol, and I look forward to providing students with superior customer service. I worked in Financial Services for over 10 years as a Tax Associate at KPMG LLP. I enjoy music, traveling, cooking, gardening, working out outside and being outdoors. I have lived in Barrington, RI for over 10 years, which is very close to Providence. Providence has a lot of great places to go, things to do and excellent restaurants.
January 6, 2014
I am Vivyanne Curalov from Brazil. I have been studying at
ELS Bristol for three months. I majored in Education. When I was living in
Brazil I wanted to study English, but I did not have the money. I worked, saved
my money, and then I came to the United States. Now I want to study for my
Master’s degree in America, so I need to improve my English. If you want to
learn English, then you should enjoy conversations and groups. I’ve enjoyed the
conversation partner program and meeting students in the Intercultural Center.
Studying English and meeting people from around the world has changed my life.
February 11, 2013
I am not a smart student, but all my teachers at ELS made me smart. I am not a person who travels to many places, but I found a lot of brothers and sisters from the whole world. I feel very grateful that Mr.Scott recommended many classical American movies to me. Those helped me a lot to understand American Culture. I love Denise (with me in the picture), my Reading/Writing teacher, and she taught me the skills which really helped me in academic field. Elsa and Annie helped me a lot with transfer things and academic research. I want to say, all the teachers here not only train the students, but also love us. That is the biggest advantage of ELS Bristol. I enjoyed the experience in ELS. I will remember what I learnt and what I felt here forever.
January 9, 2013
Hello, everyone. I am Jane, from China. I'm glad to share my experience with you guys. Before I came here, I’d never known I would like it here so much.
In the past nine months, I have stayed in four different ELS centers in different cities. Bristol is my first stop prior to Boston and Hawaii, and it is also my last stop in America. Many friends asked me why I came back to Bristol, I said I wanted to come back, no reason, but in fact, everything here is the reason for me to be back. The teachers are so nice, professional and very patient, and advisor Anne helped me solve every life problem. I made a lot of friends here, they are so funny and easy going. All of them made my life in America easy and happy.
Now, I 'm going to leave, I already miss this place, miss everyone and everything here. In the dew of little things，the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. Everything will become the beautiful pictures saved in my mind. Whenever I recall the time I was here, there will definitely be a big smile on my face, from my heart.
Thank you, everyone, all of you made me have a wonderful life in America!
November 9, 2012
My name is Estefanía, I am from Ecuador. For me, studying English at ELS Bristol was a complete experience. Learning in a friendly environment is the best.
I learned a lot about English, other languages, and about myself. I want to say thank you to my teachers, the ELS staff, and my friends who gave me the opportunity to experience their culture and languages, to understood how equal we are and to make wonderful friendships that I will never forget. Some times we just need a word: Thanks ;)
September 21, 2012
I thought being 6 months far away from home would be tough. It was, in the beginning, but when you realize that it is good for your life, that you will know how to live on your own, you wouldn't regret it. In ELS I just didn't have the experience of learning English, but also a lesson for my life. Thank you everyone for the best and biggest moment that I had in my life. I will not forget anything, every moment that I lived in USA will be saved in my mind and heart.
August 28, 2012
Hi, my name is Qixiao Wang, but you can call me Titus. I’m from China. I was studying in ELS Bristol RI, for half a year, which was a great experience. ELS is located at Roger Williams University. I have enjoyed the international environment of the school and getting to know people from various different cultures, which the school provides for me. I have enjoyed learning how to balance social and academic life while living outside the campus with other students. Being a small town, Bristol is safe place; it is tranquil and serene, I enjoy the peace and quiet there, it is the best choice to as an ideal place to study. My favorite thing about living in Bristol is the beautiful natural scenery, particularly during springtime with all of the green woods and flowers around the campus. The ELS program has many perfect teachers; they are helpful and very friendly towards students. I think that learning at Bristol had a great effect on improving my English level for academic. I really recommend that students study at the ELS Bristol RI.
May 10, 2012
I want to say thank you to all the teachers at ELS. Although there have been a lot of challenges, this half year I have had a lot of good times. Also I learned a lot of things. ELS not only is the place that improved my English but also helped me meet many friends from different countries. The first time I come to the USA I felt different. Some times I missed my home. When I was in ELS I felt here the same feelings at home. I hope many more great students come and have fun times in the USA at ELS and RWU. Now I am going to Roger Williams University. Thanks ELS!
May 1, 2012
I will never forget my experience in ELS. I have a totally different life here and I really enjoy it. Living and studying in a foreign country by myself is a challenge for me. But I didn’t feel uncomfortable here. All the teachers and students are friendly and the environment is great. It's a beautiful place and nice people, that is the best description for here. Now that I am leaving, I am already starting to miss ELS.
March 5, 2012
It was a hard option for me to leave ELS even though I already graduated from ELS. There are so many wonderful teachers in ELS. They taught me how to learn English and how to engage in American life. They gave me a lot. ELS is the best language center that I have ever seen. The teachers are patient and professional. They know what I want and where my weakness is. Once I couldn't understand how to use perfect tense, the teacher spent a lot of rest time explaining it to me. It was really helpful to me. I love ELS, they teach English to the world. I want to thank ELS in my life.
February 13, 2012
I am from Venezuela. When I came to Bristol in September, I felt a little scared because I really did not know whether I would feel good in this place. The first day, I felt a little nervous, but as the day passed, my face was full of happiness. In a few months, I built friendships around the world for me with very special people, I thank the teachers, Mr. Foster, Anne, my friends, my roommate, who so soon became like brothers. ELS Bristol was an unforgettable experience. The ELS language center was amazing, it helped me to improve my English and to speak without pain, a very good education. The last day was sad to say goodbye to such wonderful teachers and my friends, but I thankful I'm around for a few months more and I can visit them whenever I want.
In these 4 months I have learned to live alone, rely on myself, and grow as a person.
I will never forget all the good times I spent there with people who are worth a lot.
January 30, 2012
Since I arrived to Bristol, I felt scared because I didn't know what kind of person I would find or if I would feel comfortable in that new place. But the reality was different. I couldn't imagine that I was beginning the most important and amazing experience of my life. ELS Bristol was the place when I truly built ties of friendship that I'm sure will last forever. Also, I have to point out the quality of the education that I received from ELS. I can feel the progress in my English now. When I arrived, I couldn’t hold a long conversation, I didn't understand some of my teachers, and I even had problems when I went to buy a cup of coffee in a coffee store. If someone asked me about it, I would tell them, "don't think about it, just do it!" I will never forget this experience because it made me a more mature person, and aware of the incredibles cultures that are worth knowing.
December 15, 2011
Everyone is scared about things that are new and we are not familiar with.
First when I came here in Bristol, I felt the same feeling of a girl that didn't know where to go or what to do: I was so afraid, that was a new experience.
Four months passed since the day I arrived at ELS, and I can honestly say that I will never forget every single minute I lived in Bristol: every day I learnt something more thanks to my teachers who were always ready to help me and correct my mistakes, thanks to my classmates with who I shared the best moments of this AMAZING experience.
If I look at myself in the mirror today, I see a girl who became more responsible, mature, maybe less afraid of new things and of course a girl who improved her english a lot (learn english was my main goal).
When I was leaving, good memories passed through my mind, I cried a lot because I was so sad to say goodbye to those people who were a family for me and who stayed next to me during these four months.
Now I can say that ELS played a huge and main role in my life: it helped me to grow up.
Hyun Sik Byun
September 17, 2009
I have studied at ELS for almost one year. ELS is like a lovely home for me. Now I just want to say thank you to my great teachers and staff. When I first got here, I could not speak one complete English sentence. But my English has really improved because of my great teachers. When I was frustrated, my teachers always encouraged and inspired me. Their praise always made me strong. In addition, I have met my sweet friends who made me happy. If I did not come here, I would not meet my friends. If I have an opportunity to study again in America, I will come here again. I shall never forget my memories. Without exaggeration, ELS raised me up in all ways. Thank you so much.
- Hyun Sik Byun
March 27, 2009
My Name is Ying-Chih Kuo, and my English name is Heidi. I have been in ELS for seven months. I had a wonderful time here! Teachers and students are all very nice. The main reason that I came here is to build-up my English skills. After I studied here for a period of time, I had encountered some difficulties and felt frustrated. Fortunately, all my teachers gave me a hand immediately when I told them about my confusion and trouble. I really appreciated all their help and attention. I realized that learning English is not something that can just be accomplished in the classroom; I also had to practice outside and study on my own. I also believe that if I spend more time and effort studying English, the fruitful results must be mine.
Learning English is hard and difficult but I know that the toughest step is coming after my graduation from ELS. Improving my English skills is just the beginning, more difficult challenges await me when I leave ELS; therefore, don’t let English beat you. Hope you have a good time here and I wish you and me luck.
Marizaidy, Dominican Republic
March 27, 2009
My name is Mary Crispin. I’m from the Dominican Republic, and I came here for the first time in 2006. I came for just two months, and decided to come here once again in 2007. My goal was to finish ELS and get the certificate from here because I didn’t see another person who spoke Spanish. In this place I found another family and met wonderful teachers and friends. When I came here I made a promise to myself to reach my dream, which was to pass all levels and to be the best I can be. Today I finally achieved that dream. I want to say thank you to all my teachers for helping me improve my English and reach my goal. I want to be an English teacher. Thanks and God bless you.
March 27, 2009
My name is Yi-Chun and I have been studying at ELS Bristol for eight sessions. Studying abroad can not only help you learn English but also experience many different countries’ cultures. I had a lot of good experiences here. There was also a lot of homework, a super tough final test, and a difficult research paper. ELS has lots of activities that you can join in. In addition, the teachers and students are so nice, especially Sheila, Beth, and Foster. They offered a lot of help when I needed it.
Here you can meet different countries’ students. We have different thoughts, and we had a lot of fun during class. Especially when we had a controversial topic, our class would form groups to discuss. It was a very special experience for me. When I first came, I wished I could go home as soon as possible, but now I am a little sad about leaving. I don’t think I will forget the memory of ELS.
Students had a fantastic time camping overnight at Burlingame State Park.
The leaves are changing in Rhode Island, but we were lucky
enough for warm weather. Students went swimming in the lake, hiked through the national forest, and built a campfire. We played manhunt with glow-in-the-dark necklaces, played camp fire games, and sang the night away. Finally, as dawn came up, students went to bed in cabins or around the dwindling campfire. ELS Bristol will definitely do this next year!
Students spent the day learning about the history and beauty of Newport, RI. Searching for the oldest tower in Newport, eating oysters, and finding landmarks in one of the most pivotal towns in Rhode Island was a treat and challenge for the students.
It's official: our students are some of the best-fed in the country! The Daily Meal investigated over 2,000 colleges for the best food in the USA for its annual "Best Colleges for Food in America," and ELS Bristol's host institute, Roger Williams University, has just landed a spot on the list for the second year in a row. The article states, "The taste and quality of the food is ... at the forefront of Roger Williams’ mind, which is why menu items include vegetable and egg fried rice, chicken scallopine with lemon butter sauce, and penne with Italian sausage and marinara. With options like those, you’ll be excited to eat on campus every day." ELS Bristol students who live in the dormitory enjoy 19 of these tasty award-winning meals per week!
After Friday classes, ELS Bristol took 30 students to the
beach! The weather was perfect to throw a football, play games, and enjoy the sand and sun. Narragansett is known for
its clean beaches and beautiful scenery—and it did not disappoint.
Once a year for 30 days Muslims around the world come
together to observe Ramadan, which consists of fasting from sunrise to sundown,giving to those less fortunate, and coming together to support one another during this religious observance. ELS Bristol gave all students, of all faiths the opportunity to break fast as an ELS community. The best way to accept differences is to understand why and how people live. Over 45 students came to Al Mall’s Pizza in Cranston, Rhode Island. We had a buffet of traditional Arabic food, drank tea, and smoked hookah—it was an evening enjoyed by all!
Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the oldest 4th of July parade in the United States since 1785. The whole town prepares for the
annual parade by putting a carnival in the Town Commons, providing a free summer concert series, and even painting the streets red white, and blue. Not even Hurricane Arthur could stop the celebration. Here are a few photos of students enjoying the parade and meeting fun characters along the way.
Homestays plan fun activities as well. Host mother Paula
Desano took two of her students to Sachuest Point in
Middletown, RI. Students enjoyed the beauty of the boats, beaches, and birds that are popular at the wildlife refuge!
One block from the water in Newport, RI there is an amateur baseball team called the Newport Gulls. Students received a baseball 101 lesson from the Newport Gulls first baseman before the game. Then, we were greeted by the mascots. Students learned about America's pastime AND some students participated in a doughnut eating contest during the game. Everyone had a great time together watching baseball!
Students and teachers participated in ELS Bristol's Celebrity Look-A-Like Contest. We all had fun finding the best matches and voting on the closest look-a-like. The winner will receive a prize as well!
One of the best benefits of the waterfront location of ELS
Bristol and RWU is that students have access to free kayaking on campus. ELS Bristol organized a group trip to kayaking and over twenty students took advantage of the PERFECT kayaking weather. All ELS and RWU students may kayak on campus six days a week. Enjoy photos of the beginning of summer in Rhode
Five of our Abdullah Gül University students had the pleasure to meet the President Abdullah Gül in Boston on May 31st. Students had a sit-down discussion with the President and the Rector of their university regarding their experience in the United States. After the meeting, the students also had the opportunity to tour MIT and
Harvard University. It was an honor for ELS Bristol students to participate in fostering a positive relationship between ELS and Abdullah Gül University.
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Students from ELS and RWU came together to show their
cultural heritage through the Global Fest event. Students made food from their countries,
performed national dances, and celebrated common traditions that connect
students from every part of the world. Global Fest is one of the highlights of
the ELS Bristol experience and we are always proud of students’ enthusiasm to
teach others and learn from one another. One
of our students, Abdulraof Alhumaid, was generous enough to document the event!