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Fort Wayne, IN

2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Tel.: 260-481-0357
On the campus of: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
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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.

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 25
Bank 20
Post Office 25
Shopping Mall/Outlet 30
Supermarket 10
Movie Theater 30
Library 30
Pharmacy 20








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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

On Campus Housing Courtyard The Clubhouse offers a state of the art fitness room. Additional Computer Lab and Printing Facilities Furnishings include a full size bed, linens, and a towel. A desk is located in your private room for quiet study time. The kitchen is equipped with plates, utensils, and cookware. After a long day studying come home and relax!

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 $775
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $100
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included


Homestay accommodation in the Fort Wayne area is within easy travel distance to the Center. Students will travel by bus (at own cost).

Price per Session $800
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $100
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

IPFW Athletics Center Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne IPFW Entrance ELS Reception Area ELS Fort Wayne IPFW Mastodon Statue Rhinehart Music Center IPFW Student Services Center Willis Bridge CampusLink Bus - free service to nearby shopping and cafes! Walb Student Union - Learning Commons Area Celebrating RiverFest!
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are 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

Jennifer Dressen

Jennifer Dressen

Center Director

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 Siferd

Academic Director

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.

Kristina Bowman

Kristina Bowman


Kristina graduated with her BS in Intercultural Communication and then moved on to earn her Master’s in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Azusa Pacific University. She has taught a wide range of language levels overseas and in the United States. Kristina recently moved to Fort Wayne with her husband, Ben, and bearded dragon, Baz. She is looking forward to meeting and getting to know students from diverse backgrounds.

Dustin Karns

Dustin Karns


Dustin is a native of Fort Wayne and even attended IPFW for his first year of university. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS-Business Administration and began his ESL career in South Korea. He taught there for 5 years before returning to Indiana. While he was there, he taught a variety of English courses and levels.

On the weekend Dustin likes biking, hiking and wakeboarding. In the winter, he also enjoys snowboarding...anything that gets him outside and enjoying the sunshine. You'll also find him playing with his nieces and nephews or out and about Fort Wayne with his friends.

He says the most exciting thing about teaching at ELS is getting to know all the different cultures. He says that he learns just as much from the students as they learn from him.

Michael Maszkiewicz

Michael Maszkiewicz


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.

Jamie Sandy

Jamie Sandy


Jamie hails 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

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.

Katsura shares her story.

December 6, 2013


Since I have been in Fort Wayne I have made really great friends. Often we like to cook together in the evening. We all take turns cooking and then enjoy dinner as a group. I have also been able to get involved with different activities at IPFW.

I met a professor who invited me along with other students to the Japanese Culture Hour and the Japan Club on Campus. People were really excited to speak with me and I felt very comfortable. I felt very lucky because she invited me to so many things and was able to speak with Americans and share our cultures.

After I met American students at the Japanese Club they invited me to different events in Fort Wayne, like the Zombie Walk. Thousands of people dressed up like zombies and we walked around downtown. We also went to restaurants together and it was such a good opportunity for me.

I met many good friends, and the teachers were great. Fort Wayne is a peaceful city, which allowed me to concentrate on studying. There are not many Japanese Students here so I am able to have a lot of opportunities to speak English. I truly enjoyed my time here!

Meet the Students of ELS Fort Wayne

December 4, 2013

Let’s see what is going on at ELS Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jose (Venezuala), Fahad (Saudi Arabia), and Ho Chan (Korea – not pictured) joined ELS Fort Wayne just a couple of months ago, but have had such a great experience meeting Americans and getting involved in different activities at ELS and Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Jose – The second day I was in Fort Wayne, I walked to class and right past the baseball field. I have played baseball for a long time and wanted to meet some people from the university. I said hello, met the coach, and since that time the team has become my friends and the coaching staff has been really helpful. I came here to study, meet people, and learn English. Looking back on my very first day in Fort Wayne was very difficult, and now the change is great and I am happy.
Fahad – The people here make me love this city. I stayed in the on campus student housing and met a lot of students at the Waterfield Campus Housing/ClubHouse. The Clubhouse is great because it is next to our rooms, you can play table tennis, billiards, cook, watch movies, workout, and meet Americans! All you have to do is just start to speak English with American Students because they understand that you are here to study English. I feel like the American students here accept me and I am able to make friends with a lot of people. I love going to IPFW activities like the Color Stomp, Night Runs, Laser Tag and the Haunted Castle.
Ho Chan – Fort Wayne is a good place to study, I come from a city that is about the same size so I feel comfortable here. I spend a lot of time at the Waterfield Campus Housing/ClubHouse because I was able to meet a lot of students from other cultures. I have learned English and also about other people and countries. We share meals, cook together, and have fun together. I learned that to practice speaking English, I had to move past my shyness. Now I feel comfortable talking to American students. The location of Fort Wayne is very convenient too, I can go to Chicago and other cities for the weekend. I would tell students that they should come here, it’s a good place to learn English and meet friends. Come to Fort Wayne!


IPFW Campus Map

IPFW Campus Map

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Campus Map

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Session 12 Activity Calendar

Session 12 Activity Calendar

Food and Fun filled Session 12 at ELS Fort Wayne!

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