ELS/Fort Wayne is located on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). IPFW is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering more than 200 Indiana University and Purdue University degrees and certificates. It is a joint campus of two internationally recognized Big Ten schools. IPFW is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More than 14,000 students from 42 states and 68 countries attend IPFW. The university includes five colleges, one school and two divisions with 33 total departments. It also hosts 17 Centers of Excellence that integrate teaching, research and service to the community.
Waterfield Campus(Student Residence (On Campus))
Students will be housed in on campus apartments with single bedrooms, and a shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Apartments are fully furnished with sofa, table, entertainment center, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, full bed, desk. The apartments have a local phone, internet and cable TV.
Price per Session
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included
Homestay accommodation in the Fort Wayne area is within a traveling distance of 60 minutes to the Center. Students will travel by bus (at own cost).
Price per Session
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week
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.
- Begin your university program!
Meet the Staff
Jennifer holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in International Relations. She is passionate about travel, and has lived, studied, and worked in India, Nepal, and Korea. Jennifer has concentrated on intercultural communication in her career and has experience with cross-cultural training, recruitment and administration. Having recently moved to Fort Wayne from Portland, Jennifer enjoys discovering her new city and being able to share all the wonderful aspects of what is offered at ELS Fort Wayne!
Shawn Thomas Siferd
Shawn Thomas has been teaching English to university students for over 12 years in 3 separate countries including the United States. He has a BA in English, an MA in TESOL, and two separate TESOL certifications. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and spending time outdoors with his wife and son. Shawn Thomas enjoys living in Fort Wayne because of the diverse population, variety of activities, and seasonal changes.
International Student Advisor
Jamie is from the great state of Ohio, but has recently moved to Ft. Wayne, IN. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art in International Language. She received her English teaching certificate (CELTA) last year in Northern Ireland, but has also taught in high schools and individually.
Jamie loves to learn new languages and to learn about new cultures. She speaks French fluently and knows both German and Spanish. She has also lived in France, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, and Sierra Leone. When Jamie isn’t learning a new language, you can find her ballroom dancing, singing in the car, or watching musicals. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and laughing.
Though she has not lived in Ft. Wayne for very long, she looks forward to getting to know the area and living in a “bigger” city.
Michael hails from Fort Wayne and graduated from IPFW with a BA in French. He has taught English in France, Italy and the US. Michael went on to earn a dual MA in journalism and French linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Michael’s hobbies are traveling and languages. He has visited 30 countries and speaks French, Italian and Russian. He also enjoys cooking and has worked as a chef in America and France. Ask him for his favorite recipe!
Michael recently returned to Fort Wayne after a 25-year absence. He believes that his native city is an ideal location to live, work, raise a family…and learn English as a second language.
July 11, 2014
First of all, I love all the instructors and how they act and how they
treat students. They treat them like a family and they are very helpful. I love
the way that the school is very organized and the way they grade students
because it’s very clear and you can understand. Everyone knows how to pass the
level and what to do to succeed in your level. There are always activities
going on! Cedar Point was my favorite activity as it was the best of the best.
It was perfect! I’m going to miss the staff, the teachers, and I feel like I am
among my family. Now that I have graduated, I am going to study at Widener
School of Law to study law. Some advice I’d like to give is that school is not
everything to help you improve your language. You have to put a lot of effort
in order to improve your language and don’t compare yourself with others. The
circumstances that happen to other students might not happen with you. Don’t
get so disappointed if you don’t see the results early because in the process
of learning any language you have to be very patient.
July 11, 2014
Our students have been very busy this summer participating in a wide variety of exciting summer activities including a bike tour of downtown, a segway ride, volleyball and even ballroom dancing! Enjoy many different events here at ELS Fort Wayne!
June 17, 2014
ELS Fort Wayne students got the opportunity to experience
American culture at its best! Students went to support the International
Student Advisor(Jamie) in her role as the “Waterfall” during the summer
performance of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Not only did they get to see
Americans of all ages perform, they also learned about many different dance
styles such as ballet, jazz, and modern. The students thoroughly enjoyed not
only seeing one of the administrative staff perform but also the chance to
witness the thriving community of arts in Fort Wayne.
June 12, 2014
Cedar Point is one of the world's biggest and best amusement parks in the world! Over half of our student population enjoyed an entire day riding rides, meeting Americans, and soaking up the sun!
April 17, 2014
ELS Students Participated in "The Big Event" organized by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Every year the university partners with over 50 community organizations to volunteer. This year ELS Students and Staff went to The Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne, where we spent the day painting and making a better place for local youth. What a fantastic Saturday it was.
Session 12 Activity Calendar
Food and Fun filled Session 12 at ELS Fort Wayne!