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
"In Japan, I learned English, now I know English. The classes are serious, fun, and exciting. "
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
American Explorer Program has been added to your estimate.
2013 Cost Per Session
GVSU Student Residence(Student Residence (On Campus))
Students can take a free bus to the ELS Center.
Private bedroom in a shared suite-style unit in urban student residence. Shared suite-style bathrooms. Rooms 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.
Security: Key card-access building. A resident assistant lives in the dormitory.
Price per Session
$620 - 980
Double Deluxe, Single Deluxe
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)
Golf course nearby (fee)
Language Technology Center (LTC)
Music practice room(s)
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.
Assistant Academic Director
Erin graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Psychology. After spending a summer teaching English in Kazakhstan, she was hooked! She returned to college and took as many English courses as possible so that she would be prepared to teach English to International students. After graduating, Erin moved to Zhengzhou, China where she spent three years teaching in a university. While in China, she completed her MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) through Azusa Pacific University. She moved back to the States in 2011 and has been teaching at ELS since her return.
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.
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.
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
A local civic group hosts a very elaborate banquet with catered food and around 50 prizes for all of the international students in the city of Grand Rapids. Over 200 people attended this year's banquet including several ELS students.
Grand Haven has one of the most picturesque beaches in Michigan and also has plenty of space to relax, take walks, or play volleyball. Students enjoyed an evening at the beach and watched the Sun go down over the water.
Because many of our students are fasting for Ramadan we scheduled a roller skating event from 9 PM - 12 AM so that they could eat and enjoy their time. It was one very entertaining night with everybody moving to the music.
ELS Grand Rapids took on the Rogue River just north of Grand Rapids. Many ended up a little wetter than they had planned!
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.
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.