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ELS USA LOCATIONS

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 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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Walking

Bike

Car

Bus

Train


Electricity

110V 60KHz.
Electric Plug Details

1

2


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.

Rus Kiser

Rus Kiser

Academic Director

Rus has been with ELS since July 2006. After several years in private business and four incredible years teaching in South Korea, he moved home and became an instructor at ELS Oklahoma City. In 2009, Rus finished his Master of TESOL at Oklahoma City University. Soon thereafter, he became OKC’s IELTS Administrator in 2010 in addition to his teaching duties. In 2013, Rus left Oklahoma for South Carolina where he took on the role of Academic Director at ELS Clemson.

Rus spends much of his professional free-time involved in local TESOL affiliates, TESOL, and NAFSA. He has served as Oklahoma TESOL’s president and TESOL Liaison as well as the TESOL IEP Interest section community leader. He loves to present at conferences and has regularly presented at local, regional and international gatherings.

In what’s left of Rus’ spare time, he plays ice hockey, rides mountain bikes, goes hunting, or plays with his kids. When he can, Rus loves to travel and see new places (38 countries and counting) and people. The incredible students at ELS and the surprisingly diverse city of Greenville help bring the world closer when he can’t explore it.

Lauren Curry

Lauren Curry

International Student Advisor

Lauren's interest in working in a cross-cultural environment grew after pursing a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology at the University of Arkansas, where she also minored in religious studies, Asian studies and Mandarin Chinese. After spending a summer in Nepal, volunteering with conversation partners programs, and studying Chinese with some of her Chinese classmates, Lauren decided to pursue the International Student Advisor position at ELS/Clemson in Greenville. Lauren loves helping students, laughing and chips and salsa.

Ben Francis

Ben Francis

Instructor

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

Instructor

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.

Cassie Alexander

Cassie Alexander

Instructor

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

Instructor

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.

Wesam Al-Jeddawi

July 16, 2014

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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.

Sincerely,
WesamAl-Jeddawi
M.S. in Food
Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University

-Wesam Al-Jeddawi,Iraq

ELS/Clemson – Greenville’s Host Institution Clemson University ranked #20 in U.S. News & World Report

September 18, 2014

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ELS/Clemson – Greenville’s Host Institution Clemson University ranked #20 in U.S. News & World Report

Clemson University is ranked #20 among top national public universities, according to U.S.News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges” for 2015; and, is the highest ranked host institution for any ELS Center in the US.

This is the university’s highest ranking and seventh consecutive year in the top 25 according to a media release from Clemson on September 9, 2014.

“It’s significant to be recognized as one of the nation’s top 20 universities,” said Robert Barkley, director of undergraduate admissions at Clemson in a university media release. “This academic ranking, along with the quality of the Clemson experience in and out of the classroom, are reasons that interest in Clemson is
at an all-time high among students throughout South Carolina, and around the nation.”

Additionally, Clemson ranks eighth among “up-and-coming schools” that have made “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.”

The university also is recognized for “writing in the disciplines.” This
recognition highlights outstanding academic programs commonly linked to student success. Clemson consistently receives recognition for making writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Clemson is identified as one of 11 colleges and universities in the nation that make writing a priority across all disciplines.

Among national public universities, Clemson is 31st in best undergraduate engineering programs and 50th in best undergraduate business programs.

Session 7A Graduation

August 1, 2014


Congratulations graduates!!!

Session 6A Graduation 2014

July 9, 2014


Congratulations graduates!!!

Family Night Session 6A

July 9, 2014


This Family Night we celebrated FIFA with an afternoon of soccer!

Session 5A Graduation 2014

July 9, 2014


Congratulations graduates!

Center celebrates first students accepted to new UCAN partner Greenville Technical College

June 10, 2014

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Carlos Nobrega left his home in Brazil and arrived in Greenville, South Carolina, in August of 2013 with his wife and two children. This August he will begin his studies at Greenville Technical College.

"ELS English school support my coming to the USA," said Nobrega. "It was essential for my confidence at the first times here. ELS helped me accomplished my dream."

Nobrega was the first to be admitted to Greenville Tech, as it is called locally, but a second student - Siyun Lu - from China, gained her admission to Greenville Tech in only five months. Both Nobrega and Lu will begin in the August semester.

Greenville Technical College became a UCAN partner in late 2013. It is a two-year institution that provides pathways to other state colleges and universities for continued studies. In addition, students can earn skill-specific certificates, focused diplomas, and associate degrees in over 100 programs and four academic divisions: arts and science; business and public service; technologies; and, health science and nursing.

Birthday Party Session 4A

May 23, 2014


This session for our Birthday Party we had snow cones and a HUGE inflatable slide!

Coastal Carolina 4A

May 22, 2014


This session, ELS took a trip to Coastal Carolina University located in Myrtle Beach, SC!!!

Family Night- Session 4A

May 22, 2014


This session we had an Easter Egg hunt inside our center, leading up to our big egg hunt in the park!

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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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Student Activity Calendar 11A 2014

Student Activity Calendar 11A 2014

Check out all the fun fall events that we will be having at ELS\Clemson-Greenville!

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