Estimate includes tuition and housing costs ONLY. An additional Materials & Technology fee will be required for each session of study. All prices are listed in US Dollars the local currency of the ELS Center. Program & housing availability as well as cost are subject to change.
Centers & Locations
"The teachers know how to improve your English and they even do things with you together so you learn a lot about the habits, history and the American way of life."
ELS/Charlotte is located close to the main campus of Queens University of Charlotte. The Center is minutes away from the clean and modern city center and major shopping areas. You can enjoy a wide range of sports and entertainment events in the city. The scenic Appalachian Mountains and sparkling Carolina beaches are just a few hours away.
Access to nearby campus facilities on beautiful private university campus
Campus Facility Use
Convenient apartment housing nearby
University Classroom Observation Program available
Charlotte South Park area and Downtown cultural attractions (concerts, museums, professional sports, shopping)
Students share double rooms in 2-bedroom luxury apartments located only 4 blocks from the ELS Center. Each bedroom includes 2 beds, desk, chair, a dresser with mirror and a spacious closet. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, full kitchen cooking facilities, and furnished living and dining areas. Linens/towels also included. Students clean their own apartments during their stay. Wireless internet access and cable TV are provided in all apartments. All apartments are non-smoking.
Apartment community amenities include a swimming pool/fitness center, a business center, an outdoor clubhouse for resident socials, secured parking available, and a laundry center with coin-operated washers and dryers. *All students will also have access to all Queens University Facilities.
Price per Session
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. Students prepare meals in their apartments or can take meals in surrounding restaurants.
Homestays in the area(Homestay)
Some host families drive ELS students to the Center in the morning and pick them up in the evening. Other students take a public bus to the Center. No homes are within walking distance. Travel time is typically 20-30 minutes or less to the ELS Center.
Price per Session
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week
Swimming pool (indoor)
Center NOT 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
My career with ELS spans more than 30 years and includes classroom teaching as an instructor, student services as a Student Advisor and program planning and management as Youth Camp Director, Director of Special Programs and Center Director of 3 centers. I opened two Centers for ELS, Melbourne and Charlotte, and relocated the Santa Monica and Charlotte Centers. I have held state and regional leadership positions in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and presented training sessions at NAFSA conferences at the state, regional and national levels.
I taught ESL for twenty years before coming to work at ELS Charlotte as the Academic Director. I taught for several intensive English programs including University of California Irvine, Golden West College, and ELTI at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a B.A. in Linguistics and a M.S. in TESOL. It is my goal to see students succeed in their English studies. I schedule classes, counsel with students, and work with the instructional staff in order to help students reach their academic goals. So whether you are learning English to go to college, advance in your career, or just for self-improvement, my aim is make sure you acquire as much English as possible while you are attending ELS/Charlotte.
I am a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate school for a Masters degree in Sociology. I began working in higher education in 2001 and have been the Registrar with ELS/Charlotte since 2011. I thoroughly enjoy working with the many cultures and backgrounds of our students and appreciate time spent with them both during school hours and on outside activities.
I graduated with a BA from WV State University and received a Post-Graduate Diploma from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. I've worked as an actor both professionally and non-professionally before becoming a teacher. I received my Cambridge CELTA in 2005 and taught a year in Prague before coming to ELS where I was originally a teacher. I also teach for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.
August 16, 2013
When I first went to ELS/Charlotte, I was really anxious; because my family was so far away from me and of course, it was a new world and life. However, on my first day, I met with my roommates. They were so friendly and nice to me. That made me more calm and a little bit happy. They told me that I was going to have amazing times here.
Then I met with ELS. The teachers are not just teachers. They were like our friends and their teaching methods were amazing. They were funny and they would make the lessons more enjoyable but at the same time educational. One of the most significant impacts the ELS teachers made on me was to make one of my dreams come true. I had a poetry class and I love writing stories and poetry. I wrote a poem by myself and I was able to perform it to my class. Because this poetry is different, it is called "performance poetry." My class loved it.
By the way, I was super shy at the time and I couldn't believe that I could actually read in front of my classmates. They even insisted that I read my poetry at graduation. This meant in front of the entire school, from students to teachers. They encouraged me. I did it. In that moment, I saw pride in my teachers' eyes and admiration in my classmates. I will not forget that feeling ever in my life. I was so proud and happy with myself. The sad part was that I wasn't going to see these people for a long time.
If you are going to go to ELS/Charlotte, enjoy it, because time is moving fast. You are going to be so happy with the people and with the center.
July 31, 2013
ELS/Charlotte is one of the most exciting adventures that happened to me. This is not only the place where you learn the English language, but it also allows you to meet new cultures, manners and tolerance for other races, religions and skin colors. Moreover, ELS/Charlotte has a great teaching staff. Professors are always ready and available to assist with any situation. Therefore, ELS/Charlotte is designed for students who wish to speak and study in English. This place will always remain in my memory. I made new friends, met great teachers and most of all, I fell in love with the English language.
July 23, 2013
My experience with ELS was amazing. Of course, like everybody, I was insecure about going to a different country with nobody that I knew, but the school made me feel like I was in my own home. I never felt lost or afraid because I always knew that somebody there could help me, like they did a lot of times. All the teachers treat everybody with respect, were very friendly and were always concerned with making classes interesting.
Charlotte is a terrific city, not only because it has everything you need but also because the native people are very hospitable. It is a very safe and clean city. I fell in love since the first step I took there. But anyway, I learned much more than English and the "American way of life". I learned different cultures, met lovely people from everywhere and I won a huge, worldwide family.
Beatriz Farias, Venezuela
September 17, 2009
Hello! I would like to tell you about my experience at the ELS Language Center on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.
ELS is not just an ordinary English course. It is more a personal learning experience where you receive high quality English instruction and you get in touch with the teachers. I think this is one of the best things ELS offers because you get that personal attention you need when learning another language. Also, it is amazing how, after finishing all the levels ELS offers, you are really fluent in English! I mean, you are not just able to say what you need to say, you are ready to have whole conversations in this new language!
In my personal experience, I came to ELS/Charlotte four years ago speaking absolutely no English at all. After studying at ELS for nine months I was admitted to Queens University of Charlotte to study Business Administration. Nowadays, I am a senior getting ready to graduate with my degree!
I have to say that if it were not for ELS/Charlotte’s great English program I would not have been able to speak English so fluently to succeed and be admitted to this University. I want to say "Thank you" to the staff and teachers of ELS/Charlotte!
ELS Charlotte students take a lazy summer ride on the river.
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