Estimate includes tuition and housing costs ONLY. An additional Materials & Technology fee will be required for each session of study. All prices are listed in US Dollars the local currency of the ELS Center. Program & housing availability as well as cost are subject to change.
Centers & Locations
"Students shouldn't miss the opportunity to study English abroad because they will have contact with American people to practice their knowledge and learn about their culture. "
ELS/Grand Rapids is on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The Center is on the first floor of Au Sable Hall, an academic building located in the middle of GVSU’s main campus. ELS students are only a short walk away from eateries, the fabulous GVSU library, student services, and the bus line. Nearby Grand Rapids is the second largest city in the state, Allendale, which is located within 20 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
American Explorer Program has been added to your estimate.
2014 Cost Per Session
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
Single Deluxe, Single Deluxe, Single
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
Meals / week or Meal Credit
16 meals per week
Swimming pool (indoor)
Center is handicapped accessible
Classrooms NOT 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?
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
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Jong In (Jaden)
July 9, 2014
I got a lot of support from having a GVSU student as a Conversation Partner. I am excited to be on campus with GVSU students because we can contact with GVSU students so easily. When I talk to GVSU students they have been so kind and some are very interested in Korean culture. I have attended the Korean Culture Club and the atmosphere there was a lot of fun.
-Jong In (Jaden) ,South Korea
July 9, 2014
I came to ELS because GVSU is a university which interested me due to its diversities and its high implication with international student. The education provided there is highly appropriate to myself. I intend to pursue an Accounting major, thus GVSU could give me experience and formation in that domain, I really intend to be a part integrated to GVSU community. Also with ELS I think everything is facilitated because students from ELS have some advantages.
-Laurianne,Cote D Ivoire
July 9, 2014
I contacted Kettering University asking for an admission from English Language institute and they recommended me to contact ELS Grand Rapids. I searched by Internet about ELS GR and many students like it except the weather in winter. When I came here, people are friendly and helpful and the weather is getting warmer.
June 4, 2014
As an international student, I'd dreamed about studying in the United States. I was hesitating about what school I should choose for improving English. Everyone recommended the ELS center because it will prepare any student to join the universities in U.S. Before I had a chance to study at ELS, I couldn't speak English at all. Thus, I had the privilege and opportunity to study in the ELS Language Center in Grand Rapids. Since I joined this institution, I learned the most popular language that 55% of the world speaks in just one year. Now, I know how to speak, read, write, and listen to English fluently, and all the credit goes to ELS.
-Abdulrahman ,Saudi Arabia
Ana & Juan
March 7, 2014
June 25, 2013
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.
June 25, 2013
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.
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
Since some of our students cannot eat until late at night we decided to have a late night event at the roller skating rink. It was a lot of fun to move to the sound of music. Many students had never been roller skating before so it was a bit of an adventure!
Flooding didn't stop us from enjoying a great time canoeing down the Rogue River. Everyone enjoyed the trip even though a few students ended up in the water. We saw lots of nature including huge birds flying overhead and turtles sunning on the logs.
Every 4 weeks our students gather to celebrate the accomplishment of many students that are able to pass their level. This time we had many students graduate from level 112 and move onto college!!! It is so exciting to see them succeed but hard to let them go.
We visited the well-known Meijer Gardens Butterfly Exhibit. Every year FMG brings in caterpillars from all over the world and contains them in a huge green house where visitors can roam and take pictures of the butterflies' natural beauty.
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!
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!
Many of our Asian students got a little taste of home one of their most important holidays.
2014 Session 8 Activity Calendar
Every session we get out of the classroom to have a little fun. This calendar shows the events we will do together (marked "ELS") as well as other popular events that will be happening in Grand Rapids that session.
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.
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.