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Clemson-Greenville, SC

225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Tel.: (864) 233-5993
In affiliation with: Clemson University
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ELS/Clemson UCG is located at the University Center of Greenville (UCG). You will have access to smart-technology classrooms, the virtual library, free Wi-Fi and a computer technology center. Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research offers an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations collaborate.

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 15
Bank 1
Downtown Area 20
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 1
Shopping Mall/Outlet 15
Supermarket 1
Bus Stop/Subway 1








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Programs available at this location

2014 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Greenville Tech Foundation Housing(Student Residence (Off Campus))

All apartments have 2 PRIVATE BEDROOMS and 2 PRIVATE BATHROOMS. Each student will have a private bedroom, desk and closet area. The kitchen includes a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave with basic cookware, utensils, silverware and dishes provided. One set of linens and towels per student are supplied upon check-in, but students are responsible for the purchase of cleaning and household supplies and food. Students clean their own rooms and share responsibility for cleaning the apartment during their stay. Washers and dryers are in the building but additional charges apply. Males & females are placed in separate apartments although apartment floors are coed. American students of GTF also live in the same facility and may reside on the same floor. Campus Police are on duty twenty-four hours a day seven days a week for security. There is one resident assistant for the apartment building. GTF Student Housing makes all of your classes within walking distance and it provides all residents a college community within which to live. Residents of GTF Student Housing will be able to easily connect with other students through programs and activities offered by the Office of Student Activities that take place at the facility. Additionally, there is an exercise room, computer stations, a game area, bicycle parking and laundry facility on site. The entire complex is also monitored 24 hours a day by GTF Student Housing security.

Price per Session $890
Occupancy 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $70
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. There are several restaurants and a supermarket within walking distance.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Many host families drive ELS students to campus in the morning and pick them up in the evening. Other students take a bus to campus. No homes are within walking distance.

Price per Session $895
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $70
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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  • Computer center
  • Library
  • 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

Leisha DeRiso

Leisha DeRiso

Center Director

Leisha has been with ELS since May 2006. Having worked 10 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional, she became passionate about the education of international students following her work as a part-time instructor at ELS/Ruston in Louisiana. She began to dedicate herself to her new career and was quickly promoted to full-time instructor then IELTS administrator in 2009. When the center director position at Clemson became available, she jumped at the chance to be affiliated with such a wonderful university and live in a beautiful area of the United States. Leisha cares deeply about her staff and each of her students and looks forward to making sure everyone who comes to Clemson reaches their goals.

Debra Anita Williams

Debra Anita Williams


I am the Registrar at ELS-Clemson in Greenville, SC. I have been passionate about working with students since being enrolled in public school. I am a graduate of Strayer University. My bachelor's degree is in business administration with a concentration in human resource management, and my associate is in business with a concentration in
accounting. Since receiving my degrees, I have many years of experience working with customers in both manufacturing and educational settings. My passion for years has been helping individuals in education as well as in the finance/accounting areas. I enjoy
meeting and interacting with our ELS international students.

Ben Francis

Ben Francis


Ben first considered becoming a cross-cultural teacher after he completed his undergraduate education as an exchange student in Taiwan. After two years of teaching and tutoring Taiwanese students aged 4 to 75, Ben decided to return to the states and pursue an advanced degree in education. In 2012, he graduated from Wheaton College with a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In addition to his time in Taiwan, Ben has taught in community colleges in the western suburbs of Chicago, in an adult education center in Chicago’s Chinatown, and for a non-profit organization, teaching literacy and life-skills to adult refugees. Other than teaching, he enjoys reading, watching sports, tinkering in his garden, and especially camping and hiking with his wife.

Rebecca Gardner

Rebecca Gardner


Rebecca grew up in a bilingual home and has always enjoyed the cultural exchange involved in language-learning. As a result, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Italian from Meredith College and graduated Summa Cum Laude. During college, she worked as a tutor in English and Italian, and later she lived in Italy as an exchange student. After college, she moved to Brazil and taught English both to business professionals and to underprivileged children. Before she came to ELS, she worked in the quality department of Samsung Electronics and studied Korean during that time. After volunteering to work with international students, Rebecca decided to pursue a TESOL certification from English for Life Academy and teach full time. She is devoted to caring for her students and promoting cultural understanding in the classroom.

Karla Okala

Karla Okala


When she was a child, Karla read a story about a boy who dug his way through the center of the earth and ended up in China. The glimpse of this fascinating culture that the book provided sparked a dream to travel overseas. This dream came true after Karla completed her Master's degree in TESOL and landed a job in Daejon, South Korea. After living and working in South Korea for a year and a half, Karla lived in France and Germany, where she taught English for a year. Then, she moved to Cameroon and taught ESL at the American School of Yaounde for four years. She has taught students of every age from every part of the world and is very grateful for the opportunity to see the world from many different perspectives. Karla uses a variety of techniques in her classroom, which is very student-centered and designed to maximize each student's potential. In her free time, she loves to read mysteries and eat at good restaurants with good friends.

Gwen Freitas

Gwen Freitas


Gwen has been with ELS Clemson since November 2009. She pursued her undergraduate studies for education at Florida Atlantic University. She has a TESOL/TEFL/TESL certification from Oxford Seminars, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Furman University. Her experience teaching ESL began 13 years ago in Florida with immigrants from Guatemala and Haiti. She worked for the School District of Palm Beach County in the Department of Adult Education teaching ESL in Family Literacy Programs. In addition to teaching ESL, she has taught Adult Basic Education and GED to incarcerated men and women. She was awarded teacher of the year in 2005 for adult basic education by the school district. She is very excited to have the privilege of working with the students at ELS. She is very passionate about preparing international students to be successful in American Universities. When Gwen is not studying at the university or working at ELS, she loves to be with her husband, two children and church family. Gwen enjoys serving others in the community, reading for fun and collecting children’s literature.

Cassie Alexander

Cassie Alexander


The Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, changed Cassie Alexander’s career path. For a number of years Cassie was a business owner, but in 2009, Mortenson’s book inspired Cassie to pursue two new interests: Teaching English as a Second Language and international humanitarian work. Cassie began teaching at ELS, Greenville, SC, in February, 2013.

James Hoskinson

James Hoskinson


James Hoskinson has been a teacher for many years. In the past, he taught younger adults in New Jersey. While living in Annapolis, he taught part-time for a few semesters at a local college. For a short while he lived in Paddington, London, and for a much longer time lived in Græse Bakkeby, Denmark, at Kunsthøjskolen Thorstedlund. He was a student, but also assisted other students with their English while he practiced Danish. He has travelled extensively over the years in Germany, Denmark, Iceland, the UK, Austria, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic – half the time on a bicycle. Before returning to South Carolina, he lived in New England for many years with his family in Massachusetts and on an old farm in New Hampshire. While working at a major telecommunications company in Boston, he mentored and instructed many new employees from other countries. Now, James and his wife spend extended time with their son and his wife who live and work in Brazil.

International Festival Session 3A

April 9, 2014

ELS students served as volunteers at Clemson University's International Festival!

Family Night- Session 3A

March 27, 2014

This session we celebrated International Month for Family Night and enjoyed a cuisine from around the world!!!

Session 2A Graduation 2014

March 27, 2014

Congratulations graduates...we are all so very proud of you!!!

Family Night- Session 2A

February 25, 2014

This session we had a Mardi Gras themed Family Night with gumbo, King Cake, and we even made masks!

Session 14A Graduation 2013

January 14, 2014

Congratulations graduates...we are all so very proud of you!!!


Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

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