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Bristol, RI

1 Old Ferry Road - ELS
Bristol, RI 02809
Tel.: (401) 254-5300
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Roger Williams University
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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
  • Outdoor sports (biking, windsurfing, kayaking & running)
  • Local historic attractions (near Newport and Providence)
  • Weekend trips to Boston or New York City or local area cities

Fast Facts - Bristol

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 40/90
Bank 15
Downtown Area 15
Post Office 15
Restaurant(s) 15
Shopping Mall/Outlet 20
Supermarket 15
Bus Stop/Subway 5








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

Baypoint double, furnished with bed, dresser, desk & chair Baypoint student lounge with TV, couches, and pool table Student lounge Students have access to a fitness center in the building! 24-hour front desk staff can accommodate arrivals anytime

Baypoint Inn(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Students at Baypoint Inn will enjoy easy on-site access to a fitness center, a recreational area, laundry facilities, an ATM and a cafeteria with 19 meals per week.
Students will occupy double rooms on the same floor as Roger Williams University students.
As Baypoint Inn has university staff at the front desk at all times, arriving students may check into their rooms at any time! Roger Williams University a 5-minute ride away on the free university shuttle.

Price per Session $1790
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $140 - 225
Meals / week or Meal Credit
19 meals per week.
Session 12 & 13, 2014 and Session 1, 2015 Meal Adjustments apply

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

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 $1110
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $140 - 225
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

ELS Building Welcome to Roger Williams University Campus Library Campus Cafeteria Student Recreation Center Campus Quad Campus Student Union Campus Business Building ELS Classroom Campus Cafeteria Campus Gymnasium Inside the Library Bristol LTC Center Bristol Kayaking
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • 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

Elsa Richter

Elsa Richter

Center Director

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!

Virginia Delgado

Virginia Delgado

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!

Christina Keller

Christina Keller

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!

Rocio Thomas

Rocio Thomas


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.


Qixiao Wang

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.

-Qixiao Wang,China


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!

-Lance,United States


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.

-Costanza, Italy

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.


December 23, 2014

Students of ELS Bristol gave thanks, along with their American peers, by feasting and sharing good company with friends.


December 23, 2014

Did you know that the Japanese word "karaoke" is the same in English, Spanish, Arabic... well, just about every language? Students were not shy about showing off their lyrical talents at our recent karaoke event!

Ice Skating

December 23, 2014

Ice skating is a popular winter activity in New England, and ELS Bristol students tried it out last session. Lots of fun was had by all!

Boston Celtics game!

December 23, 2014

ELS Bristol students got to attend an NBA game in Boston! Not only did they watch the Boston Celtics play the Portland Trail Blazers, but they also got a VIP backstage tour and got to watch the players warm up courtside before the game!

Salsa Dancing

December 17, 2014

Students got their groove on by learning the salsa and bachata. Over 30 student participated in the ice cream social and salsa event. And the dancing went long after the classes!

ELS Bristol in Salem

November 5, 2014

Salem, MA is the scariest and most exciting town on Halloween night. Most notorious for the Salem witch trials in 1692 where 28 people were accused the witchcraft. Now, the town attracts people from all over the world to celebrate Hallow's Eve. Students spent the night meeting interesting characters, visiting haunted houses, and taking scary cemetery tours.

Samhain Party

November 5, 2014

October 31st began as a normal day at ELS Bristol. As the day progressed ELS Bristol transformed into a spooky center. Cobwebs, skulls, spiders, and eerie music lined the halls in darkness. Our students changed as well--into vampires, pirates, gladiators, and witches. Everyone bobbed for apples, ate floating donuts, wrapped mummies, strutted their costumes, and scared the ghosts away. All this was just in time to travel to Salem, MA and continue the festivities--the Halloween capital of the world.

Contact America: Self-Defense Class

October 30, 2014

Students learned the art of protection at RWU's public safety event. Learning basic forms of martial arts in order to ward off an attack was informative and fun!

Haunted Houses and Zombie Paintball

October 29, 2014

ELS Bristol ventured into the depths of the ghouls and goblins of Rhode Island. We went to Field of Screams, which featured three haunted attractions and zombie paintball. Student's braved the scary attractions and had a great time, despite the long wait for paintball. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Decorating

October 29, 2014

ELS Bristol followed the American tradition of decorating pumpkins. Students carved witches and painted on colorful pictures while enjoying our ocean view during the last warm days of the year.


October 29, 2014

Students had fun making their own designs with tie-dye. Here are two students wearing their creations!


September 30, 2014

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!

RWU Bonfire

September 30, 2014

RWU has an annual bonfire to bring in the new school year. Students enjoyed pizza, smoothies, popcorn, and met the RWU mascot!

National KSA Day

September 30, 2014

Students celebrated National Day by making dessert, bringing their families, playing traditional music, and sharing their culture with RWU students.


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ELS at Roger Williams University

ELS at Roger Williams University

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

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Fast Facts - Bristol

Fast Facts - Bristol

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