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Clemson-Greenville, SC

225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Tel.: (864) 233-5993
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
In affiliation with: Clemson University
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ELS/Clemson-Greenville 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

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 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 $640
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $90
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 $920
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $90
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

Drew Orr

Drew Orr

International Student Advisor

Drew began working with ELS in September of 2015 as the Clemson/Greenville Center’s International Student Advisor. Prior to this, he received his B.A. in Communication Studies from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and his Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. Drew has spent time both teaching and learning with people of a variety of ages, cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. His training, work, and life experiences have allowed him to bring a unique and erudite perspective to the world of international student advising and counseling. In his spare time Drew loves to read, watch movies, play guitar, volunteer at his church, and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Tori Woods-Byers

Tori Woods-Byers


Tori Woods-Byers embraces diversity and inclusion and helping others pursue their educational goals. She has a passion for learning about different cultures and people. In 2000, while a student at Clemson University, she had the opportunity to become friends with several International Students. In August 2014, she joined ELS/Clemson in Greenville as a registrar. As a registrar, Tori works with students from different cultures from all over the world. The environment at ELS/Clemson is welcoming and familiar, because it reminds her of her time at Clemson University as a student. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management while working and taking online classes at Limestone University. Tori also works in accounts payable for a large hotel chain. In her spare time, Tori enjoys movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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.


March 19, 2015


JiaXin Fei, or Kelsi as she is known to her ELS family,
began her studies at ELS/Clemson-Greenville in 2014. She graduated six months
ago and is currently attending Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. She returned to ELS this month to encourage current students to work hard and follow their dreams because dreams do come true.

“When I first came to America I had no idea I would go to
Greenville Tech,” Kelsi began. “My original plan was to study at ELS and go back home to work. But I couldn’t help myself to think how I could study more.”

Understanding her goals, the ELS/Clemson-Greenville staff
began working with Kelsi until she was admitted to Greenville Tech for the 2014 fall semester. “With the help of the ELS staff I transferred to Greenville Tech and will transfer to Clemson or USC (University of South Carolina) this fall. I will let you guys know, but please say ‘Congratulations’ to me anyway,” said Kelsi with a smile. Kelsi is able to continue on to either Clemson or USC
through a state-wide agreement between Greenville Technical College and these
universities which allows students to take 30 hours of transferable credit with Greenville Tech then move seamlessly into the university program of their choice.

As advice for other students planning to follow their time
at ELS with a college career, Kelsi expressed that the critical thinking skills she acquired while at ELS along with practice reading and preparing argumentative essays have helped her the most in her college studies. She added, “I could not speak as fluently without practice at ELS. I’m glad for that experience so when I go to college I don’t feel uncomfortable. I feel OK.”

-JiaXin ,China


February 5, 2015


I am from Honduras, and I studied Civil Engineering. When I was in classes related to structural mechanics, I had a fascination for bridges, tunnels,dams, buildings and some other structures that were built with steel and concrete so I decided to study a Master program in Structural Engineering where I graduated with the highest honors in 2011. Also, I had the pleasure to work with the best geotechnical engineer and structural engineer of Honduras. We designed a lot of kind structures together including bridges and buildings.

Finally, I decided to study in Clemson University two years ago. I have heard and read a lot of good comments about it, hence my decision to study in Clemson. I began at the ELS/Clemson-Greenville center on August 25, 2014. I will entered the PhD program with emphasis in Structural Engineering at Clemson in January, 2015. In Honduras I studied English in several courses, but it is very hard when you don't have time to study. But at the same time, I am aware that ELS program is only a platform, I have to keep reading, learning new vocabulary and practicing as much as I can.

In my opinion, everything works fine at ELS/Clemson-Greenville. The teaching system at ELS program is very similar
to Honduras’ system so I feel very comfortable. In most of classes, we have to do researches, presentations, debates and essays, that are essential requisites to study in the University.

I enjoyed my time at ELS/Clemson-Greenville very much. Thanks to the staff because they have created a big family here.

-Marcos, Honduras

Wesam Al-Jeddawi

July 16, 2014


I got much experience at ELS Greenville due to I shared my culture
with a lot of international students, learned American culture, and improved my speaking, writing, and listening. The great thing is that ELS Greenville has great teachers and staff.

Actually, I spent a wonderful time at ELS/ Clemson-Greenville. I visited many beautiful
places in South and North Carolina with lots of international students and that was one of the activities that ELS made for us. When I graduated from ELS, all of my instructors kept in touch with me especially the Center Director who was always taking care of all students if they needed any help. Furthermore, when I graduated from Clemson University, the Center Director came to attend my graduation ceremony to encourage me and push me to work harder. Therefore, I encourage everyone who would like to study abroad to come to ELS/ Clemson- Greenville to study English language program before going to any university to improve his or her skills in writing, speaking and listening.

I am so proud of all ELS Greenville staff and I am so proud of my
great university which is Clemson University.

M.S. in Food
Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University

-Wesam Al-Jeddawi,Iraq

First Friday Hockey Game!

November 23, 2015

For our first event of the session, we spent a night cheering on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a local minor league hockey team. The Swamp Rabbits came away with a 3-2 win in an exciting and competitive game!

First Friday Hockey Game!

November 23, 2015

For our first event this session, we spent a night cheering on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a local minor league hockey team. The Swamp Rabbits came away with a 3-2 win in an exciting and competitive game!

First Friday Hockey Game!

November 23, 2015

For our first event of the session, we spent an evening cheering on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Greenville's minor league hockey team. The Swamp Rabbits came away with a 3-2 win in what was a close and exciting game!

Halloween Costume Party

October 30, 2015

Students and staff alike were invited to dress up for a Halloween costume party with snacks, music, and games!

Haunted House

October 30, 2015

Our out of center event this session was an excursion to visit one of the best haunted attractions in the upstate, Madworld. Students had a great time having fun while being scared!

Session 10A15 Graduation

October 30, 2015

Congratulations to our graduates! It was another great session for our students and staff here at ELS Clemson/Greenville.

Fall for Greenville

October 29, 2015

Greenville's largest annual festival. Even through steady, pouring rain, ELS Clemson students have fun!

10A Family Night

October 29, 2015

Chic-Fil-A dinner and yard games were the features of a family oriented evening right here at the ELS Clemson/Greenville Center.

Graduation Session 9A

October 2, 2015

Congratulations to the graduates of Session 9A! We hope that you are successful in whatever ventures you choose to pursue!

Chuck Truck at ELS Clemson-Greenville

September 15, 2015

Providing us with a unique taste of the up-and-coming Greenville food truck scene, the Chuck Truck stopped by and brought us some of the best burgers around.

First Friday Downtown!

August 31, 2015

There are few better ways to spend a Friday afternoon than exploring downtown Greenville. It was a sunny first Friday of the session, which made for a perfect downtown afternoon.

Graduation Session 8A

August 27, 2015

Congratulations to our Session 8A ELS graduates! We had a wonderful session and will miss these students, but we are excited for their new adventures pursuing their PhDs at Clemson University! Go Tigers!!

Swing Dancing Family Night

August 13, 2015

This session we hosted an appetizer potluck and swing dancing night! A swing dancing couple taught us some East Coast Swing moves, and we danced the night away! Of course we ended the night with some Saudi moves to music in Arabic, and two of our Colombian students taught us how to salsa!

Happy National Bowling Day!

August 10, 2015

ELS/Clemson-Greenville celebrated National Bowling Day (August 8th) by glow-in-the-dark bowling and eating at a local Mexican food restaurant!

Greenville Technical College Visit!

August 6, 2015

This week we spent the afternoon at Greenville Technical College, a local two-year technical college that is a great transfer option for our students! The Academic Connections Department Head at Greenville Tech taught a workshop on time mangament and study skills, two very useful skills needed to succeed in a university setting. Next we were given a tour of campus, highlighting the engineering building, library, student center, and university transfer building. We are very excited about our partnership with Greenville Tech and look forward to more collaboration!

Graduation Session 7A

July 31, 2015

Congratulations to our wonderful graduates! We wish you much success in your university studies!

Independencia de Colombia!

July 20, 2015

Happy Colombian Independence day from ELS/Clemson-Greenville! Some of our students homemade empanadas with an amazing "ahi" spicy salsa for lunch.

Fourth of July Celebration!

July 2, 2015

ELS/Clemson-Greenville celebrated Fourth of July just like Americans do: With hamburgers and bean bag toss! We grilled hamburgers, took festive photos, and played yard games. Happy Fourth of July from the students and staff in Greenville!

Session 6 Graduation!

June 29, 2015

Congratulations to our session 6 ELS graduates!

Baby Shower for two of our Teachers!

June 15, 2015

Congratulations to two of our teachers who are pregnant with baby boys! We celebrated with a dessert potluck and baby trivia. We are very excited for these two teachers and their growing families!

Saluda River Rally

June 15, 2015

15 ELS/Clemson-Greenville students spent Saturday morning either kayaking or tubing on the Saluda River in Greenville, South Carolina. We also listened to Bluegrass music, ate sno-cones, and shot archery at the festival. The sun was shining, and we made so many memories!

Session 5 Graduation!

May 29, 2015

We are so proud of our graduates! Congratulations Clemson-Greenville students, and thank you for an unforgettable session!


12A Activity Calendar

12A Activity Calendar

Session 12A Events and Activities at ELS Clemson/Greenville

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2016 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Application

2016 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Application

2016 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Center Application

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ELS at Clemson University- Greenville

ELS at Clemson University- Greenville

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

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Session 11A15 Student Activity Calendar

Session 11A15 Student Activity Calendar

Session 11A15 Student Activity Calendar

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Session 12A Activity Calendar

Session 12A Activity Calendar

Activities and Events for Session 12A at ELS Clemson/Greenville

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Student Activity Calendar 6A

Student Activity Calendar 6A

Student Activity Calendar Session 6A

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Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

This session we are going to Charleston, South Carolina! This will be a great experience for our students to see more of South Carolina and learn about the history of Charleston. We will also go to Folly Beach to relax, play volleyball, and swim!

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