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Cincinnati, OH

60 West Charlton Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Tel.: (513) 556-4034
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of Cincinnati
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ELS/Cincinnati is located on the modern campus of the University of Cincinnati (UC). The Center is close to shops, restaurants, sporting events and many attractions. UC offers more than 300 degree programs. In addition, many university programs offer the opportunity to intern with numerous Global 500 companies that are based in the Cincinnati area.

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 25
Bank 5-10
Downtown Area 10-15
Post Office 10
Restaurant(s) 5-10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10-20
Supermarket 5-10
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

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2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Schneider Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

Students will live in 4-bedroom dormitories. Dorms are fully furnished with high-speed Internet. Students have the option to purchase a meal plan once they arrive on campus. There is also a weekly linen change service for students. Conveniently located to banks, restaurants, and convenient stores on Calhoun Street and ELS Cincinnati Center.

Price per Session $955
Occupancy - Each ELS student will have a private room in a shared four-bedroom suite.
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Homestay students should notify their Host Families or ELS of their arrival times so that families will know to be home when they arrive. Students are responsible for their own transportation to ELS. Students can take the city bus at a reduced rate with their UC ID card.

Price per Session $895
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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  • 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 NOT 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

David Miller

David Miller

Academic Director

David Miller holds a BA and MA in Linguistics from Ohio University. He has taught ESL courses to international students and residents at universities and institutes for nearly twelve years in Chicago and Cincinnati. In addition to teaching, he as written and edited newsletters and textbooks. He enjoys exploring new places with his wife and son.

Lauren Steinmann

Lauren Steinmann

International Student Advisor

My name is Lauren. I have a BA from Ohio University in International Studies. I lived in Japan for 2 years teaching English to middle school students. Next I worked as a student advisor for 4 years with adult language learners. In my free time I enjoy exploring new places, watching sports (Go Bengals! Go Reds!), volunteering and going to events around the city. I was born and raised in Cincinnati. I love this city! There are so many wonderful and fun things to do here. Please feel free to come ask me for advice on events in Cincinnati any time!

Tonya Hampton

Tonya Hampton

University Admissions and Placement Counselor

Hi! My name is Tonya. I was born in Cincinnati but I grew up in Indiana. I have a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University and a Master’s in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati. I lived in Germany for several years and I speak German and Swedish. Before I came to ELS, I taught German to children as well as adults. I love helping students! In my free time I am a vocalist and sing in several local music groups. I also love to cook, travel, and go hiking in our lovely local parks with my three children and my dogs Cooper and Merry.


June 8, 2015

ELS Cincinnati is like a big family. Teachers and advisors really care about every student, not only for the English learning, but to help students to adapt to the new culture and new life at the UC campus. Students feel comfortable and are encouraged here. Also, ELS Cincinnati holds lots of activities. I always learn new things after participating in varieties of activities. It is a perfect place with perfect teachers and advisors for me to learn English. I will start my Master's degree at a US university this year and I feel ELS Cincinnati has helped me to be prepared for it.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because I need to improve my English skills and I want to study at the University of Cincinnati. When I arrived at ELS, I think my biggest challenge was that I couldn't understand what my teacher said. I love everybody at ELS Cincinnati. I love my teachers, my friends, and I can experience many cultures. The three biggest benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati are: getting English skills, making more friends, and having a very full day every day. Teachers at ELS Cincinnati are always full of energy. The teachers have many methods to teach us English. ELS often organizes activities to help you adjust to US life. After studying at ELS Cincinnati, I want to study at the University of Cincinnati.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because I've heard that it has strong teachers who can help me to improve my English skills. My biggest challenge was how to speak with American people and how to make a lot of friends. ELS Cincinnati is like the second home where someone can learn English with their friends. Actually, everyone in ELS Cincinnati is like my family. The three biggest benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati were: I made new friends, learned how to break the ice (I can talk in speaking evaluations), and I developed my mind. My teachers at ELS Cincinnati impacted me step by step. They encouraged my English skills so I can speak very fluently. Even though, sometimes, I felt stressed and that I could not concentrate in the classes, it was okay because a lot of my teachers and friends supported me. ELS Cincinnati absolutely helped me adjust to life in the US through their activities and staff presentations. It helps all the students. Right now, I'm trying to decide which university I want to attend after ELS. I am between two universities: the University of Cincinnati or Louisiana Tech University.

-Rani, Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

I was recommended to ELS Cincinnati by an agent. The language was the biggest challenge at first. When I came to Cincinnati, I did not speak, read or write in English. So obviously I could not communicate with other people who did not speak my native language. ELS Cincinnati can be described in three words: strict, challenging and fun. There are three benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati. The first one would be the language. Now, I can speak, read and write in English. The second one would be friends. I know many friends from different countries: Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Colombia...and the list is long. The third one is the field trips. I think ELS Cincinnati is unique on its trips. It was fun going out with friends and other students who later become my friends. I don't think that I ever missed one of ELS's trips except maybe when I was away from Cincinnati. The teachers at ELS Cincinnati are very helpful and experts in their position. For example, when I was in the beginner levels, my teacher told me that I should not translate words that I do not know to my native language. I did not take her advice seriously; however, when I got to the advanced levels, I found out that I did not have enough vocabulary to write an essay of 500 words. So I decided to change the way to get to know the words and even to find their English definition or pictures. ELS Cincinnati actually did help me adjust to life in the US. Plus, English is a global language. If you have it, many problems will be solved. I have graduated from ELS Cincinnati. Now, I will study Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

-Asem,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

Do you intend to be fluent in speaking English and intellectual at the same time? Then ELS will help you with that effectively. I chose ELS Cincinnati because they have influential strategies of learning English language and also certainly because of its good reputation and they have professional teachers. ELS Cincinnati has encouraged me to improve my English language skills particularly in the writing area. I feel now, I have become a good writer and I attribute the improvement in my English language to all of my teachers who have always encouraged me. ELS Cincinnati has a diversity of international students which helps you to make friends and learn their culture. Students and teachers are so friendly, respectable, and kind. ELS Cincinnati provides interesting activities almost daily. For instance, they supply a conversation between students and native speakers in order to have the opportunity to practice the English language. They have a distinctive way of setting up the conversation meeting by providing some interesting games and some delicious food and beverages. ELS Cincinnati has a cooperative administration who gladly help you find suitable and appropriate shelter and, what is more, they inform you about the most remarkable places to visit. The program has 12 phases and I am currently and fortunately in level 112. I am planning, after finishing the ELS Cincinnati program, to enroll in a university, since many colleges accept the program. I enjoy being in ELS Cincinnati. I feel I am at my home!

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

Actually, choosing ELS Cincinnati was not my choice, because I was going to study in another ELS, which is in Cleveland, Ohio. Before I left my country, the Saudi Higher Education told me that I couldn't study in Cleveland anymore because there were a lot of Saudi students so I had to find an alternative school. I didn't have many choices because I already paid the tuition fee, so I was looking for another ELS. Fortunately, I found the ELS that is located in Cincinnati. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to Cincinnati, because I didn't know anyone there and my English was not good enough and that was the biggest challenge I faced. Now I feel ELS Cincinnati is my home in the United States. I loved being a student at ELS Cincinnati. They have amazing teachers and helpful staff. They helped me until I finished the program which wasn't a short time because I started from level 102 till 112. To be honest, I never thought that I would finish it at all. There were a lot of benefits at ELS Cincinnati, but the biggest one is the diversity which gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of students from different countries, languages and cultures. ELS Cincinnati helped me to improve my English and helped me become a University of Cincinnati student.

There is a story I would like to share with you. I had a meeting with the law school department at the University of Cincinnati after I graduated 112. I was nervous because of my English. I didn't know if my English was good enough to understand them. The first time I met with them, we couldn't understand each other. However, this time, after we finished, my advisor at the Law School was amazed at my English and she told me that my pronunciation was so much better than last time. Right now I am a University of Cincinnati student and I will start studying my major, Law, in Fall 2015. The truth is that I wouldn't have achieved my goal without ELS and my teachers there!

-Turki,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

The reason why I chose ELS Cincinnati is that my best friend used to study there and he said I would change in terms of study and life. The truth is that he is changed just like the way he said. What's more, I chose ELS Cincinnati because I'd like to study at the University of Cincinnati.

When I arrived at ELS Cincinnati, everything was brand new to me, the way of studying, the lifestyle, the way I make friends, etc. I had no idea how to cope with that. I couldn't imagine how I was supposed to deal with it.

I have to say that ELS Cincinnati is the best place to enhance your study and learn your English skills. The teachers there are quite excellent. They will always help you figure out problems that you have until you understand. They will take their time and pay attention as much as possible.

The biggest benefit of applying to the University of Cincinnati is that everything goes well. Teachers and staff will tell you the certification you need to attend and they will provide you with all the information you need. So you guys don't have to worry about the difficulties there.

The time you spend on studying is the most effective way to improve your English skills. Also, teachers play a really significant role in the winning education. They will use all their knowledge to teach and give all they have (time, patience, strength, love) to their students. Most importantly, they will tell all the details about the way to learn English.

Studying at ELS Cincinnati actually gave me time to adapt to life in America. I was able to see what life was like there and I had more time to make more friends, which helped me to have more time to solve the challenges I met there.

My future plan is ongoing. Now that I have graduated ELS Cincinnati, my awesome plan is to use the three month time between classes to improve physically (work out) and keep on going mentally (mathematical study and English learning) while I am back in China. What's more, I will use most of my time to be with my parents and my little puppies.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because it's one of the five strongest ELSs in the USA. One of my biggest challenges before I arrived at ELS was trying to talk to people in English. I would say ELS is like a small house and inside the house there are teachers and students that I prefer to call brothers and sisters because they feel happy for you if you pass and they will help you if you need help.

The biggest benefit of ELS is they help improve your grammar, writing and reading. My teachers impacted me by helping me to speak well and by correcting my grammar and mistakes. Also, they teach me how to talk to people in English. ELS Cincinnati helped me adjust to the US life because they have activities on the weekends to go to great places.

After I finish ELS I will study at university in America and get a Master's degree in my major.

-Nawaf,Saudi Arabia


July 11, 2014


Being part of ELS is a wonderful experience. I had a very good time with my teachers and my classmates. I feel grateful for having the experience to interact with people from different countries because you can learn many things from each person.

Before I came to the United States thought that I just was going to learn English but I have learned many things because I have had the opportunity to interact with many people and visit many cities in the country.

Once I started taking classes at ELS, I started to enjoy everything in the center because there are many activities inside and outside the classes. The center gives you the opportunity to learn and enjoy at the same time. I have realized that I have improved my English because now I can communicate with American people and I can watch American TV programs and movies understanding almost everything.

Every week there are different kinds of activities with affordable prices, which is very good for all the students. The staff is very kind, which is very good because every morning I felt welcome at ELS, everybody is very nice, and everybody wanted me to feel very good.



September 20, 2013


Doctoral Candidate
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
University of Cincinnati

How did you learn about and decide upon attending the University of Cincinnati?

I was interested in pharmacoepidemiology. I discovered a professor from the University of Cincinnati when I was at a conference, and I decided that I wanted to get my knowledge from him because he is iconic in this field. He told me that because I didn’t speak English, I couldn’t enroll in this program. So, I created a plan to meet the English requirement for admission by laying out how I would attend ELS on campus and prepare the GRE, and he said yes to admitting me conditionally.

How was your transition to UC?

The education is so different in this country. As a graduate student in Pharmacy, my professor told me I couldn’t ever get below a B in a class, so there was a lot of pressure. I had a plan for everything to prepare to study. I took everything seriously to prove I could succeed to my professor, who had his eyes on everything I did. It was like a trial, but I was prepared for it. This is a big change from when I first arrived in America, and I was so shy and felt English was so hard.

What were the advantages of studying at ELS prior to UC?

Everything at ELS put me on the right track. The way they teach, they way they grade. Before I could speak much English, I got a lot of help when I would email my professor. After I finished level 109, I could email my professor on my own without help. When my professor saw this, he could see I was ready. After ELS I am more confident: I can now speak to a thousand people at a conference and write articles to be published. I was once afraid people wouldn’t understand me and think I sounded weird. Now, I have a seminar every week, and I can present. I’ve published one paper, and two more are on the way. I am waiting for the next two until after I present at a conference in Canada. All of my confidence I got from ELS, from all of the evaluations, all the presentations, and all the writing I did. I used to be a slow reader, but now I’m not.

ELS helped me a lot. ELS was not just for English, it was for everything. I wanna go back sometimes: It was so much fun, and I learned so much. The teachers were great, and they were flexible and made classes fun. You don’t laugh in class with your professors! It was the best time of my life.

-Ziyad,Saudi Arabia

Students Speak: About opportunities for lawyers at ELS/Cincinnati

July 26, 2013

ELS Students Speak: About going to University of Cincinnati

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May 13, 2013

I can still remember my first day in Cincinnati. I was scared and felt lonely. Actually, Cincinnati gave me wonderful things I will never forget my whole life. The first time in my life I saw snow here and it was a special moment. I like three places here; Newport, downtown and the Cincinnati Zoo.

People in Cincinnati are respectful and friendly. I am a Muslim woman and I feel the freedom and safety here.

I have two houses in Cincinnati, my apartment and ELS. ELS is not just a school. It is an amazing place for education, co-operation and love. We are in ELS like one family. My English became better here. ELS has many programs for the development of language. I feel in ELS comfortable. All my questions find their answers in ELS.

Now, I am happy in Cincinnati.

-Eyman,Saudi Arabia


May 13, 2013


I chose the University of Cincinnati due to the rich history in discovery and research in my major. But, I never expected the hospitality of the city. Every thing is wonderful: the people, the weather and the most important, the ELS. The faculty are the most friendly people I have ever met they are willing to help in any problem. They answer any question I ask about anything, studying, driving lessons, movies, restaurants, furniture, grocery stores, places to travel and so much more. They even join the students in shopping trips. I love the activities of the ELS since they help me relieve the stress of studying and allow me to socialize with different people and enhance my skills.

When I came to the United States, my worst problems were my speaking and writing skills. I couldn't say a whole understandable sentence and I could hardly write a paragraph about a topic. Now, when I speak, people think that I have been living here in U.S.A for years.

I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thank you.



April 30, 2013


I learned lots of new things about American culture and the world only for joining you guys. The most important thing is all teachers and especially Linda, help me alot. I am really thankful to all who help me to improve my English. All teachers and students are very friendly and helpful. I attended lots of ELS activities which I enjoyed. Attending all activities and taking participation in all activities will help me in UC to become more and more famous and good person.

1st time when I came to America I felt afraid because of my English speaking problem. But now I love the USA. I feel like I can do whatever I want because now I have the ability to speak fluent English. Thank you so much Carol. I made lots of Chinese and Saudi friends at ELS. Still I have some problems with grammar but now I can do anything. I have improved pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Finally, I would suggest to students that if they have a problem with English please join ELS. I am really thankful to all. I will miss all teachers, Carol and all other activities. Please don't forget me!


Pintuorn Thaikla, Thailand

September 17, 2009

I like to study here because ELS Center has a lot of interesting and fun activities for me to join. Our teachers are very kind and friendly. It is such a good time to study English here.

Eun Jin Choi, South Korea

September 17, 2009

The thing I liked most in this center was the atmosphere and teachers. I think the quality of teachers is very important to study English. Teachers who use various activities in teaching method are very helpful to me. Also, class’s atmosphere, teachers and students was very critical factors. The class I have attended and classmates motivate each other to study English.

- Eun Jin Choi

ELS Cincinnati Halloween Parade

October 30, 2015

ELS Cincinnati Halloween parade at the University of Cincinnati!


October 16, 2015

Great city!

USS Nightmare

October 13, 2015

The USS Nightmare is a haunted house attraction built on a real steamboat on the water between Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.


June 9, 2015

ELS Cincinnati students enjoyed a long afternoon rafting down the Little Miami River at Ft. Ancient in Morrow, Ohio.


2016 ELS/Cincinnati Application

2016 ELS/Cincinnati Application

2016 ELS/Cincinnati Center Application

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Checklist of Things to do while Studying in Cincinnati!

Checklist of Things to do while Studying in Cincinnati!

There's a lot to see and do in Cincinnati. Come check us out!

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Cincinnati Activity Calendar - Session 6

Cincinnati Activity Calendar - Session 6

See all the great activities Cincinnati ELS has to offer!

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Cincinnati Activity Calendar - Session 7

Cincinnati Activity Calendar - Session 7

Some of the great activities this session include, going to a baseball game, having an ice cream party, and going together to a wonderful Chinese restaurant! Come to Cincinnati and join the fun!

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Cincinnati Activity Calendar - Session 8

Cincinnati Activity Calendar - Session 8

Some of this session's great activities are a Ladies Lunch where ELS women can get together and enjoy each others company, an ice cream party to beat the summer heat and a trip to King's Island - the largest amusement park in the area!

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Cincinnati Fast Facts

Cincinnati Fast Facts

Welcome to Cincinnati!

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ELS at The University of Cincinnati

ELS at The University of Cincinnati

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

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Schneider Residence Hall

Schneider Residence Hall

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Top 10 Reasons to Study at ELS/Cincinnati

Top 10 Reasons to Study at ELS/Cincinnati

Provides a list of the top 10 reasons for studying at our ELS/Cincinnati Center.

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