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
"While I was at ELS, I improved my ability to speak English because I had a lot of friends from other countries and I heard many different pronunciations. "
1188 Fort Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Hawai'i Pacific University For more information on this institution's programs click here
ELS/Honolulu is located on the downtown campus of Hawai’i Pacific University. You have access to excellent facilities: libraries, computer labs, language partner programs, sports facilities, university clubs and more. Hawaii is a tropical paradise ideal for outdoor recreation and offers many cultural attractions and enjoyable nightlife.
Located in a tropical paradise
Dynamic downtown Honolulu campus
Free access to campus library, computer centers, and sports events
Each apartment has 4 bedrooms; 2 full bathrooms; a full kitchen with two large refrigerators, a microwave, 4 burner stove top and oven; a living/dining area with a television. One set of bedding and towels are included upon arrival. All apartments are equipped with free Wi-Fi, free cable TV and basic room furnishings. Students also have full access to an onsite pool and BBQ area, outdoor patio gazebos and a laundry room with coin operated washers and dryers.
Price per Session
$1290 - 1675
Double, Double, Double, Single, Single, Single
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. Restaurants, fast food eateries, markets, sundry stories, banks and a post office are all within walking distance.
Nu'uanu YMCA(Student Residence (Off Campus))
All rooms are singles with shared bathroom down the hall. Linens and towels included and students have full access to the YMCA facilities such as gym, weight room, fitness classes and pool.
The YMCA is a 5 minute walk to the ELS center, Hawaii Pacific University, Downtown, Chinatown, the Arts District and another 5 minutes to the famous Aloha Tower Marketplace. There are many bus lines near the residence with direct buses to Ala Moana and Waikiki. Students have access to coin operated laundry machines.
Price per Session
Single, Single, Single - Males only
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. There is an on-site cafe and many restaurants in the area. Supermarket is only 5 minutes away by foot.
Homestays in the area(Homestay)
Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students commute to ELS by bus.
Price per Session
Single, Single, Single
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
Roger was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. He has lived in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Boston, Amsterdam, Paris, Luzern and now proudly calls Hawaii home. A graduate from the California State University system as well as having attended the Sorbonne and the University of Paris, Roger has been in the ESL world since 1993. He enjoys spending his weekends trying to find the most authentic "Latino" cuisine on the island and spending time in the ocean snorkeling with "honu" (sea turtles).
Maria is a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Originally from Germany, Maria has been living in Hawaii for over ten years. She enjoys teaching English as well as learning about languages from around the world.
International Student Advisor
Leila was born and raised in Tahiti, French Polynesia. She likes to call Hawaii her second home as she has been living there for 9 years. She has a Master in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University. She enjoys traveling, learning various cultures and languages, trying new cuisines, hiking, and cinema.
Cibele is the Registrar for ELS Honolulu. She is originally from Brasilia, Brazil and the second of three daughters. She moved to the US in 2006 and was recently married and has a newborn daughter. Her degree is in Business Administration and she enjoys cooking and baking. She also likes to watch cooking shows as this gives her fresh new ideas of things to make for her friends and family.
Chelsea is from Honolulu, Hawaii and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Communication at Hawaii Pacific University. She has also attended Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She enjoys learning about new cultures, trying new foods and drinking coffee at little coffee shops.
June 8, 2015
I recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University, and received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. I learned many things, and had a great time at the university.
Seven months before I began the program, I completed ELS levels 106 through 112. I found the ELS instructors to be very kind and patient. Their step-by-step approach was very comfortable for me. These things really helped me as my
English was very limited. I had been living in the U.S only 2 years prior to entering ELS. The contents of the ELS classes were useful for me and helped me to survive at the university. Some examples of the things ELS taught me were, writing papers and essays, reading, doing presentations in class, and I also
learned strategies to manage these assignments efficiently. Lastly, it also helped me to develop listening skills to better understand and to be able to take better notes during a lecture. These things were all critical in helping me learn and to get good test scores.
I like to help people who are suffering from an illness, and my future goal is to gain experience as a nurse in the U.S.
June 8, 2015
My name is Or-On Thamintorn, or you can call me ‘Ham.’ I came from Thailand to study English at ELS Honolulu, Hawaii in 2013. My personal goal was to enroll in the U.S. university which is Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). Before I came to study here, I did not know how to write or organize my papers because of the different strategies. But, the best ELS academic course provided relevant academic class that the wonderful instructors came up with the outstanding knowledge to help learners with four skills. I totally fell in love with the writing class, especially the research paper class that provided me the opportunity to write a research paper in a month. I knew it was really tough, but I could use this knowledge in my real life. Now, I have been enrolled at HPU classes since the fall semester. Because of the writing classes from ELS, I could improve my writing and spend a few hours on my research paper instead of a month!!! You will not be disappointed if you choose ELS to prepare your English. ELS is the best!!
Thank you ELS.
March 11, 2015
My name is Masami. I had studied at ELS Honolulu for one year a half. I had great time at ELS because teachers and students were very friendly and kind.
At first, I could not speak English very well and was not good at writing essays. Teachers taught me many skills to improve my English.
Another reason why I like this school is that students come from different counties. For instance, there are Taiwanese, Japanese,
Korean, Chinese, Brazilian, and Saudi Arabian students. I was glad to make many friends at this school. I also enjoyed the food; there is a variety of food close to ELS, such as Korean food, Mexican food, Japanese, and Vietnamese food. These foods are cheap and very delicious.
I am now a student majoring in Liberal Arts at Kapiolani Community College (KCC). I have been at KCC for two years. I am studying mathematics, history, hula, and biology this semester. My first class at KCC was difficult; I could not keep up with the class. After studying hard, I gradually adjusted to the pace of the class and my community college life became more enjoyable.
My future goal is to work at an airport in Japan because I love to watch airplanes. After graduating from KCC, I want to transfer to University of Hawaii and major in Travel Industry Management (TIM). Many tourists from around the world visit Hawaii so it’s a great place to study TIM.
I hope I can graduate from University of Hawaii. My ultimate goal is to work at an airport.
January 8, 2015
I have studied at ELS Honolulu for four months. At the beginning of my studying at ELS, my English skills were not sufficient to study at any university and I was nervous to be in a new environment. However, I have improved quickly. Teachers were very friendly and helpful. They helped me to determine my deficiencies in English to develop myself. I also have made a lot of friends from different countries. ELS Honolulu has also many facilities to improve your English; such as weekend activities with other ELS students, meetings with HPU students, and extra lessons according to your request. Most importantly, I have really enjoyed my time visiting different beaches on O'ahu!
November 11, 2013
I have studied at ELS Honolulu for six months. The reason I came to here was to study English and gain a lot of experience. Before I came here, I didn’t speak English well. I was afraid to speak with foreigners in English because I lacked self-confidence. Now, I get more confidence and it is fun to learn English thanks to ELS. There are many good teachers here. Not only did they kindly teach me what I didn’t know, but they also helped me with good counseling and encouragement. ELS Honolulu has a very good systemic education curriculum. Also, I could take extra classes like writing and grammar tutorials. I loved this strict and systemic class because it helped me to improve my English skill. Moreover, there are many fun and exciting activities such as kayaking, hiking, ice skating, lei making, sunset sailing, and so on. I could enjoy Hawaiian life thanks to these activities. I never ever regret choosing ELS Honolulu. I learned many things, I made many good friends, and to top that off, it was good experience to me. Thank you for everything ELS Honolulu!
July 29, 2013
I’ve studied at ELS Honolulu for two months during my summer vacation. I came to Hawaii to see the beautiful culture and landscape, and most importantly to improve my English speaking and writing skills. The school location is very convenient. The staff and students help me reach my goals while I was here.
July 29, 2013
Aloha! This was my second time in ELS Honolulu. I love it so much here that I decided to come back. I studied at ELS Honolulu for almost 11 months. Before I came here, I couldn’t speak English fluently, just a few simple words in a sentence. At ELS, I had many opportunities to practice my speaking with teachers and students. There are many students from different countries. You were forced to speak English instead of your mother language. I really enjoyed this. In class, teachers will correct your grammar when you are speaking. So don’t be shy to make mistakes. Moreover, ELS Honolulu not only helped me in practicing my speaking, but also in improving my writing. I was planning to go to university in America. Writing is important for me obviously. I wrote a 10-page research paper, and that was a nightmare for me. However, I conquered it, and it gave me confidence in writing. After talking about studying, you may wonder if I had any fun here. Of course I did. I didn’t come to Hawaii only for studying. I also enjoyed the weather, beaches, and the famous touristy areas, especially the friendly people here. Don’t be afraid to talk with them once you come to Hawaii. Thanks to all the ELS teachers and staff for helping me during my stay here. Mahalo
July 29, 2013
When I decided to come to Hawaii, I wasn’t sure about my future plans. However, I now can say that I’m very happy to live this experience in Hawaii. During my first month in school, I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t express myself in English well. At that time, I was wondering how I could ask for help when I couldn’t even make a full sentence in English. However, I had class with Adam whom I think was a great teacher; his class was funny and he was very good at explaining what I didn’t understand. Thanks to that class, I started to gradually speak in English and gain more confidence. I love ELS because all the teachers are great and they teach us a lot of useful things. I have been here for almost six months and I will stay at least another 6 months. Hawaii is amazing and really special to me. Thank you to all the ELS staff for making my stay in Hawaii very enjoyable.
June 18, 2013
ELS is a good place to learn English in Hawaii. You can improve your English at ELS and make many friends. Also, if you want to go university after you finish your English here, ELS is the best choice. ELS offers you to study at Hawaii Pacific University if you finish level 112. This was the main reason for me to come here. I recommend every to come to ELS Honolulu. You will enjoy it here because there are many things to do in Honolulu.
-Alessa Mahmoud,Saudi Arabia
June 18, 2013
ELS is super cool. I had originally planned to study English at ELS Honolulu for three months. However, because I liked the school and the students so much, I stayed four months instead. The school system is great and I improved my English a lot. The two-hour SSP course was the most profitable for me. I learned a lot of useful vocabulary. The grammar was repeated a lot, but in my case it was perfect. Furthermore, the activities were also great; from Hula-lessons, hiking, and dinner, I always had an awesome time. To be honest, I wouldn't change anything if I ever decide to come back to Hawaii.
June 18, 2013
I have been studying at ELS Honolulu for six months. In the period of these six months, I have met many friends who are from different countries and are very nice and friendly. ELS Honolulu is good for studying English because we have a good environment and teachers here. I will leave Hawaii in a couple of months because I will go to study for a master degree on the mainland. I had a lot of fun here!
June 14, 2013
I studied at ELS Honolulu for five months. The reason I studies at ELS is to prepare for studying at Hawaii Pacific University. At first, I was really worried about my English, but my teachers and friends helped me a lot. I found I made a great progress when I graduated from ELS Honolulu. The staff in ELS teaches academic English, and this is helpful for a student who wants to go to a university in the U.S. They teach students and make them improve from listening, speaking, reading, and writing. I gain more confidence to talk to other people. Thank you to all the ELS staff. I really enjoyed my five months there. Mahalo!
-*Tang Bao Yun,China
June 14, 2013
Hawaii is amazing and so is ELS Honolulu. I enjoyed every single day here and I’m so glad that I chose ELS as a language school. The main reason why I’m so happy with ELS is that you meet students from many different cultures. Other language schools in Hawaii have a high percentage of Swiss students and if I had gone there, I think that I wouldn’t have spoken English that often. One other fact that makes ELS so good are the great motivated teachers and the nice and helpful ELS team. I could really improve my English during the three months I have been here and I’m sure that if I ever study English abroad again, I would choose ELS for sure. I’m very sad that I have to leave soon and I will definitely miss everything!
June 14, 2013
I have been studying at ELS Honolulu for six months. My English has improved a lot. I have met many teachers and friends. I really like the teachers because they are very friendly and kind. ELS has a great English learning system. I enjoy studying with my teachers. I also have fun participating in the activities with the student advisor. I recommend ELS to anyone who wants to improve their English and go to university.
-Sibyani Ahmed,Saudi Arabia
January 15, 2013
Hi, I come from Taiwan. This is my first time to study abroad, before I go to HPU, I am glad to study in ELS from level “108”. It helps me establish the confidence about my English capability steadily. After living in Hawaii for 2 months, I feel less nervous to talk with Americans. I also think that it will be a better and helpful decision to study at an English language school for a person who studies abroad for the very first time. They will pay more attention on you and your problems in learning English and going to classes make foreign students preview some information about formal classes in universities. In addition, in Honolulu ELS, they will arrange lots of activities about Hawaiian culture and take students visiting many famous spots. We are studying and playing at the same time and I truly love it!
December 26, 2012
My name is Karl Holm and I am from Sweden. I am in level 112 and this is my fourth session at the ELS center in Hawaii. I really enjoy ELS. The teachers are so enthusiastic so it is easy for me to learn English. My plan is to attend HPU; ELS prepared me well so now I have more confidence to use my English skills. Here you will make many friends from all around the world. I like the location; Hawaii is the world’s paradise with friendly people and great weather. There are a lot of fun activities here with the beach right around the corner.
November 5, 2012
I have been studying at ELS for 5 months. My goal is to go to Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) and get a nursing degree. I recommend ELS because if I pass the 112, I can go to HPU. All the classes help me improve my English skills, for example, reading, writing essays, grammar, speaking, listening, idioms, vocabulary, note taking, presentation and so on. When I have questions, ELS staff, administrators, and teachers help me. Not only the staff, but my friends also suggested me good ideas, which is very helpful because students here have different cultural backgrounds. I can go swimming at the beach, hiking, and shopping on weekends. I am surrounded by good people, good weather, and I have been enjoying learning English in Hawaii.
Students had the chance to participate in cultural activities such as Lauhala Weaving (Hawaiian art of weaving using Pandanus leaves) and Hula Dancing. They learned how to weave a bracelet and gained an appreciation for Polynesian skilled crafters. Through the art of hula, they also got a glimpse of Hawaiian culture :)
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