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ELS USA LOCATIONS

Grand Rapids, MI

10745 48th Avenue, Suite 110
Allendale, MI 49401
Tel.: (616) 892-5720
In affiliation with: Grand Valley State University
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ELS/Grand Rapids is located next to the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. Nearby Grand Rapids is the second largest city in the state. Allendale is located within 30 minutes of the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan and just two hours from Chicago. The Grand Rapids area is safe and welcoming and offers many cultural, entertainment and sports venues.


  • On Campus Facility Use
  • Lake Michigan beaches and the Van Andel Museum Center
  • Weekend trips possible to beaches, Detroit or Chicago, Niagara Falls

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 40
Bank 5
Downtown Area 25
Post Office 25
Restaurant(s) 3
Shopping Mall/Outlet 40
Supermarket 5
Bus Stop/Subway 1

LEGEND

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
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

On-campus housing at GVSU Student Residence Student Dorm Room Student Residence Kitchen On-campus dormitory in Winter Hall Student Residence Fitness Room Student Residence Lounge

Winter Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

Students can take a free bus to the ELS Center.
Single option: Private bedroom in a shared suite-style unit in urban student residence. Shared suite-style bathrooms and kitchen.
Single deluxe option: Private studio-style room complete with private kitchen and bathroom. Nothing shared.
Both options include full size refrigerator, stove, microwaves may be available, dining table and chairs. Big screen TV, gym located in building. Linens are also included and can be changed weekly. Students clean their own rooms during stay.

Price per Session $620 - 980
Occupancy Single Deluxe, Single Deluxe, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students use the bus to get to campus.

Price per Session $800
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
16 meals per week

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  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms NOT 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

Nicholas Ghiglia

Nicholas Ghiglia

Center Director

Welcome to ELS Grand Rapids, in the heart of Western Michigan. A quiet, safe place to live and study, students of ELS Grand Rapids are supported by instructors that have lived abroad and faced many of the same cultural and linguistic challenges. Having taught ESOL for many years in Japan and Vietnam, Nicholas has a Master of Education degree and speaks fluent Japanese. Nicholas has moved to ELS Grand Rapids from ELS Santa Cruz, California. He is married, with two children.

Amber Young

Amber Young

Academic Director

Amber Young joined the ELS Grand Rapids instructional staff in 2006 and after teaching for a year, stepped into the position of Academic Director. Prior to working with ELS she earned her Master's Degree in TESOL and spent five years teaching English to graduate students in China.

Caleb Griffis

Caleb Griffis

International Student Advisor

Caleb became the International Student Advisor in December of 2012. He enjoys building friendships with students from different locations and cultures. Before coming to ELS he taught English in Nanchang, China for 6 years. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, videography, being outdoors, and traveling.

Barb Ellis

Barb Ellis

Registrar

After working as the accountant for her husband's business for 18 years and as an administrative assistant at GVSU, Barb has been the registrar at ELS Grand Rapids for over 5 years now. As the registrar, Barb assists students with many of their needs, and enjoys working with people from around the world. She is married with 5 children.

Ashlie Genrich

Ashlie Genrich

IELTS Administrator

Ashlie is well-traveled: She lived in California, Washington D.C. and Indiana by the time she was five. When she was eight and ten years old, Ashlie lived with her grandparents in Hokkaido, Japan where they ran an international school. But, she has spent the majority of her life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ashlie graduated from GVSU with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Currently, she is getting a Masters in TESOL from Cornerstone University. Ashlie has two little dogs, Lara and Dipper. “I love to travel and have been all over the
world but there are still so many places that I want to see! “

Daniel Bowman

Daniel Bowman

Instructor

Daniel has been teaching with ELS since 2008. Prior to teaching at ELS, he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Cornerstone University, while working as a Teaching Assistant. In 2005, he married his wife Amanda -- they have two children.

Tami Hankiewicz

Tami Hankiewicz

Instructor

Tami has been with ELS since 2007. She is an energetic and outgoing person who loves to teach and learn about different cultures. Tami earned her Master's degree from Grand Valley State University in TESOL. She is married with two children and two dogs. She enjoys gardening and entertaining friends. She also likes to camp and spend time outside.

Erica Spohr

Erica Spohr

Instructor

Erica loves interacting with people from different languages and cultures. She has been teaching ESL for 10 years and has met students from 52 countries! Erica has a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan & has has almost completed an MA in TESOL. Before joining ELS in December 2009, she taught at Northern Michigan University and worked in the Refugee Services program a Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

Kyle Hess

Kyle Hess

Instructor

Kyle Hess graduated from Cedarville University in 2010 with a degree in International Studies and TESOL. Some of his hobbies include soccer, piano, and reading. He has had the privilege of spending time in several countries, including Japan, Rwanda, Uganda, and Peru. After graduating from college, he moved to Michigan to work with ELS and marry his beautiful wife Georgiann.

Dean Dykstra

Dean Dykstra

Instructor

Dean Dykstra earned his Masters of Education from Grand Valley State University in 2004. He has worked with students in many different subject areas including math, reading, writing and test preparation. In 1999 he married his lovely wife Dinorah, who is from Honduras, and they have three sons. Dean enjoys playing soccer, reading, cooking with his wife, and learning new things.

Ana & Juan

March 7, 2014

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Sakino

June 25, 2013

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I have been studying English at ELS for 3 months, and I really like this peaceful life. People here, including ELS staffs and students, are friendly, thoughtful and kind, so I'm sure that studying here is a pretty good way to improve English with fun. Teachers always encourage us to learn English through various interesting activities during classes, so students are eager to learn English. Not only do we learn English from them, but we also learn what we need to know in order to live in America. Also, we have fun activities after class, such as going to beaches, enjoying festivals and watching baseball game, and these activities are good opportunities to make friends and enjoy this city. I hope you can study here and enjoy Michigan.
~ Sakino

-Sakino,Japan

Anas

June 25, 2013

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One of the most important and interesting years that I spent in my life time was studying at ELS. There are many factors which made my experience at ELS such a great one. For example, meeting with other international students provides a lot of fun when we compare one culture with others. Moreover, ELS activities are my favorite because of the activities that are chosen and the awesome group of friends. Another factor that helped was living in a Home Stay so it was easy to practice English. Also living in an environment like Grand Rapids which has a good location between big modern urban cities like Chicago and Detroit, and open land with nice looking on many lakes is refreshing. One of the valuable things that improved my English is the way of teaching and on the teachers’ knowledge. To conclude, studying English is neither hard nor easy. It depends on the effort that you put into it.
Anas Almassrahy

-Anas,Saudi Arabia

Students Speak: Reco from ELS/Grand Rapids

June 3, 2013

Students Speak: Deborah from ELS/Grand Rapids

June 3, 2013

ELS Students Speak - About Never Being Bored

February 1, 2012

ELS Students Speak - About Enjoying Winter Weather

February 1, 2012

ELS Students Speak - About Connecting with Counselors

February 1, 2012

ELS Students Speak - About Friendly, Small-Town Living

August 31, 2011

ELS Students Speak - About First Trip Abroad

August 31, 2011

ELS & GVSU Soccer Tournament

April 9, 2014


ELS hosted a soccer tournament in which each team was required to have both U.S. and international players on the team. It was a cold Saturday morning but we had a good time.

Sky Zone

March 31, 2014


ELS Grand Rapids went to a jump park to catch some air! Trampolines allowed us to reach new heights!

Graduation Ceremony

March 26, 2014


We always enjoy seeing the success of our students at graduation!

GVSU International Masquerade

March 26, 2014


This amazing event was downtown at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. It was such a beautiful place to have a party and many ELS students joined in the fun!

Broom Ball

March 26, 2014


Our students joined a group of GVSU students to play a game that was new to most of us. Broomball is similar to hockey but without ice skates!

Contact America

March 24, 2014


One of our classes visited the Grand Rapids Museum to experience some local culture.

Grand Rapids Cyclones Inaugural Game

February 26, 2014


We went out to support the NEW Grand Rapids Semi-pro basketball team, the Grand Rapids Cyclones. We had a face painting party before the game to get ready. Our enthusiasm at the game drastically changed the atmosphere of the crowd!

Tubing in the Snow!!!

February 25, 2014


On a hill west of Grand Rapids, we went flying down a snow-covered hill with nearly half of our students attending!

GVSU Chinese Club Performance

February 24, 2014


We joined a performance by the Chinese Club at GVSU. It was fun to see traditional dance and music.

The NEW Grand Rapids Cyclones!

February 24, 2014


A new Semi-professional basketball team is coming to Grand Rapids and we are going to their first game. The CEO and a player, Justin Anyijong, from the team came to our graduation ceremony. Justin is originally from Sudan and came to Grand Rapids at the age of 11. His story was inspiring and yet his humility made him very approachable. We are so proud to support this team!

Asian New Year

February 24, 2014


Many of our Asian students got a little taste of home one of their most important holidays.

International Coffee & Tea Break

January 2, 2014


GVSU invited us to join their International Coffee & Tea Break. GVSU students, Teachers, and Staff that have been to other countries were there to share about their experiences. What a perfect group of people for our students to be around!

Thanksgiving

December 27, 2013


ELS Grand Rapids hosted a party to celebrate thankfulness and welcomed all ethnic foods. Students and teachers made their favorite foods and brought them to share!

Halloween

December 26, 2013


Every Year ELS Grand Rapids dresses up in the most amazing costumes to celebrate this wacky holiday!

Perfect Attendance Lunch

November 20, 2013


Every Session we celebrate the achievement of our students that don't miss any classes and are never late!

Grand Rapids ArtPrize

November 20, 2013


ELS Grand Rapids visited the largest ArtPrize in the world worth $250,000 to the person that receives the most votes for their ArtPrize entry.

GVSU Climbing Center

November 20, 2013


ELS Grand Rapids visited the Climbing Center at Grand Valley State University. It was a little scary but a lot of fun!

Downloads

2013 Session 14

2013 Session 14

2013 Session 14 calendar of activities ELS students are able to join

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2014 Session 4 Activities

2014 Session 4 Activities

2014 Session 4 Calendar of Activities for ELS students

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ELS at Grand Valley State University

ELS at Grand Valley State University

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Grand Rapids ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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GVSU Campus Map -- Allendale

GVSU Campus Map -- Allendale

The main campus of Grand Valley State University is in the town of Allendale, 20 minutes away from both downtown Grand Rapids and the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan.

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GVSU Campus Map -- Grand Rapids

GVSU Campus Map -- Grand Rapids

Winter Hall, the dormitory where ELS Language Centers/Grand Rapids students live, is located on Grand Valley State University's downtown campus . Most of the university's graduate programs are here as well.

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GVSU profile

GVSU profile

Detailed description of Grand Valley State University.

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Session 12, 2013 activity calendar

Session 12, 2013 activity calendar

Session 12 activity calendar

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Winter activities

Winter activities

ELS students and friends can enjoy a wide variety of activities & events

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