Start your journey with English Idioms of the Day

Save and share program details

ELS Counselors help you attain your English and academic goals

Start your plan for success with our online application

Your pathway to English language university study

Find the best destination for you, your interests and your goals

Get the MyELS Mobile App today!

Back to ELS Locations Map


Grand Forks, ND

221 Centennial Dr.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel.: (701) 777-6785
On the campus of: University of North Dakota
For more information on this institution's programs click here


Filter by:

All Videos Photos Events

ELS/Grand Forks is located on the beautifully wooded campus of the University of North Dakota. The University’s School of Aerospace Sciences is a world-renowned center for aerospace learning. It is nationally acclaimed for achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies and computer science applications, and well-recognized for leadership in energy engineering and entrepreneurship.

  • On Campus Facility Use
  • Safe and friendly college town environment with parks, bike trails and a world class Arnold Palmer golf course nearby
  • UND Aerospace Planetarium
  • University of North Dakota sports and campus cultural events
  • Turtle River State Park (hiking, walking)
  • Grand Forks Greenway (hiking, bicycling)

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 10 to 15
Bank 2
Downtown Area 10 to 20
Post Office 2
Restaurant(s) 10 to 15
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10 to 15
Bus Stop/Subway 2








110V 60KHz.
Electric Plug Details



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

Residence Hall: Dorm Room Residence Halls Residence Halls: Cafeteria Wellness Facility Residence Hall: Dorm Room Students can walk or bike from residence halls to class.

Selke, Noren or other assigned on-campus dormitories(Student Residence (On Campus))

Shared typical on campus dorm room. Shared hallway bathrooms. Rooms include in room computer line & cord, cable TV line & cord, and ARH programming. Students also have access to the complex computer labs, residence hall fitness center and services provided by the complex centers. Linens, blankets and pillows are provided. A limited number of singles available upon special request (for extra cost). Students clean their own rooms during their stay. Self-service laundry machines are available in the same dormitory building for a small fee. Security: Dormitories are secured. There is one resident assistant for each floor or wing (approximately one for each 40 students).

Price per Session $1110
Occupancy Double, Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $60
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students arrive at the campus by bus. Some families are close and provide bicycles for our students. Some families are also within walking distance of the campus.

Price per Session $775
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $60
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Grand Forks Center Grand Forks Wellness Center Grand Forks Olympic Size Pool Grand Forks Hockey Stadium Grand Forks Ralph Engelstad Arena Grand Forks Aerospace Building University of North Dakota in the Winter Grand Forks Adelphi Fountain Grand Forks Library Grand Forks University Park Grand Forks Wellness Center Aviation Training Grand Forks University Bookstore
  • 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 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

Bella Hettich

Bella Hettich

Center Director

Bella earned her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of North Dakota. She has been with the center since 2005. Prior to ELS, she taught as a college lecturer/professor in the fields of ESL, linguistics and English. She also worked as an administrator and Russian translator in international development agencies. She loves Grand Forks for its kind people and convenient living.

Jill Caya

Jill Caya

Academic Director

Jill has been teaching English in a range of settings for 12 years. She taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia. Jill also taught English to refugee and immigrant high school students and adults in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She has been teaching at ELS Grand Forks since 2008. Jill holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. She is completing her Master of Education in ELL Education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Silas Pera

Silas Pera


Silas has studied English at Midland College and the University of North Dakota. He has taught writing at the University of North Dakota and ESL in Grand Forks for several years.

Betsy Barnum

Betsy Barnum


Betsy has taught English composition and business writing at the University of North Dakota, and literature and writing courses at the University of Minnesota with many immigrant and ESL students. She holds a BA in English from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota; and is working toward a PhD in English at the University of North Dakota. She has two grown sons in Minneapolis and enjoys knitting in her spare time.

Anna Picklo

Anna Picklo


When I first came to ELS in Grand Forks, I was as nervous as a new student coming from outside of the U.S. I wondered how I would teach students from countries I was not familiar with. I wondered how I would cope with teaching students all the things they must know to be successful as university students.
The first thing I discovered was how great the students are. They are friendly and helpful and really excited to be in the U.S. They have wonderful attitudes about learning and developing their English skills. I should not have been nervous about their cultures being so different from mine. Part of the fun of being at ELS is learning about each others' cultures. Students are very willing to share their lives and to teach other students about their cultures. It is a very good atmosphere in which to learn.
The staff at ELS are super helpful. I have great materials to teach from. If a student works hard and completes all the levels up to 112, they will be successful at the university. I am very pleased to say this is the best English program I have used in my 28 years of teaching.

Ron Vossler

Ron Vossler


Ron is a professional writer, speaker, and film-maker, and has recently been named as North Dakota Poet Laureate. He grew up in a bi-lingual home (German dialect and English) in the center of North Dakota, and now lives in East Grand Forks. His books, articles, essays, poems, and other works have been published in the United States, Canada, Germany and Ukraine. He has taught ESL in Central Asia, and has many years of experience teaching writing to university students. When he is not teaching at ELS as a substitute, Ron is working on his ninth book.

Alexa Kaltenberg

Alexa Kaltenberg


I have recently come to Grand Forks and have been very pleased with my experience here thus far. ELS center in Grand Forks is a great place for students to improve their English in a university environment. You can meet new people every day and make great friendships with students from many different backgrounds and environments. I have to say, that is my favorite part about working at ELS; I learn something new about my students and coworkers every day. You really learn to appreciate each other's differences and grow together. Come and join us at ELS Grand Forks!


February 25, 2014


Hi. I'm an ELS student here, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I'm studying English here because I want to improve my English skills.
Grand Forks is a small city but this is a really safe and quiet place, which is a perfect place to study. I really like nice and kind teachers and friends here.

-Saori, Japan


February 25, 2014


A friend who studied at ELS told me about the school, the University of North Dakota, and Grand Forks. I am a student from Brazil and always had a dream to study outside of my home country. ELS is giving me this unique opportunity of learning English with outstanding professors. They are preparing me to start my Master’s degree in Biology, here at the UND. When I first visited both ELS and the Biology department, the teachers and professors gave me all of the encouragement to move to Grand Forks and study here at UND. Since that, I was sure I would be successful in my education here. Grand Forks is a beautiful and safe city to live. People here are very friendly and good to stay around. The same thing is the administration crew and teachers at ELS!!! They are amazing! I can easily say that ELS-Grand Forks is a great place to help improve the international student’s education. And I cannot forget to mention all of the new friends from different cultures… they are fantastic!!! I really feel comfortable, happy, and realized here!!!

-Flavia, Brazil

Carlos and Alma

February 25, 2014


The quiet place and friendly ambience of Grand Forks make us feel comfortable and safe. We can develop our language, build our skills, and meet many people from different parts of the world. The ELS center in Grand Forks gives us the opportunity to have an experience into an international university environment and meet the culture around UND. The teachers and staff from this ELS center are very friendly and helpful. They always try to make our stay more enjoyable and pleasant where they plan different activities every week. So, the ELS from Grand Forks is the perfect place to study English and meet different cultures around the world.

-Carlos and Alma, Mexico


March 5, 2013


I have been studying at ELS for three months. Within these months, I have improved my English and made friends. ELS Grand Forks prepares so many exciting indoor and outdoor activities such as ice skating, swimming, movies, and so on. The teachers and administration are so friendly to the students. ELS Grand Forks is a great place to learn English in effective ways.



February 20, 2013


I really like Grand Forks and ELS. Grand Forks is a small city, so it’s very peaceful and safe. It’s really good for students, especially girl students. I think this ELS center isn’t too big, so teachers and students are more familiar and have a good relationship. Also, every teacher always tries to help their students. In addition, I have a really nice host family. I’m a part of my American family and they’re a part of my Korean family. We just love each other and we do many things together, such as go to hockey games and big holiday parties. It’s really helpful to adapt to a new country.

-Kim,South Korea


February 11, 2013


I need English for my courses so that I can continue studying either at UND or at any college or university throughout the USA. Also, English is unavoidable nowadays. All over the world English is used. Therefore, I came to ELS. At ELS, both administration and students as well as teachers are excellent and reliable. The teachers are astonishing. They are doing their best so that students can master English within good conditions.

-Ezechiel,Burkina Faso


July 20, 2012


I am studying at ELS because I need to perfect my level of English. I have had such a good experience here and I have made very good friends. ELS also provides students with a great group of teachers and administrators. Not only are they good at their jobs, but also friendly. I am comfortable in my classes and at the center.



July 19, 2012


I am Sualiman Aldrees, a student at ELS Grand Forks of four months. When I first arrived I felt pleasant, I like this town so far. I don't spend a lot of money here, so I can save money to travel all around the USA. I love residents from the town; they are all so friendly and I always see them with beautiful smiles on their faces. I believe that I could stay here for five years and not be bored.

-Sulaiman,Saudi Arabia


July 16, 2012


I came here through a recruiting program in Japan, and I am so glad to study here. There are many students from different countries. Of course it is difficult to communicate in English because I have only been here for one session, but after coming here, I think I want to study for a year. I think this experience has made me grow up and learn a lot.


Auechan (Aaom)

July 3, 2012


I think I like most things about ELS. Everyone is very nice including the other students at ELS. This center is in a small town. It is very quiet, safe, and the people are nice; I can guarantee it. The environment is good. There is fresh air, pure water, and I don't have to worry about traffic. I can focus on what I have to do to succeed.

-Auechan (Aaom),Thailand


May 14, 2012

First of all, I came to Grand Forks because of my job. My job sent me to ELS Grand Forks. They told me the best university to study Aviation Management is the University of North Dakota. In the summer, there are many activities you can do. Now I like Grand Forks because I made new friends and I like all the teachers. The teachers are very friendly, funny, very helpful, and respectful.

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


May 14, 2012

I decided to study aviation at UND because UND has a famous aviation program. But I thought that before starting to study in UND, I have to study English. And I found information that UND has ELS on campus, so I chose this ELS Language Center. Studying English at ELS is just a step to study at UND, but I know that this step is very important for me to succeed at UND, so I will study English harder than ever!



April 18, 2012


I came here because I had a friend who was studying at UND. When I started to look towards my international education and career my friend told me about Dr. Ingle (my trumpet professor) and said he would help me to be successful.

At first, I sent Dr. Ingle an email using Google Translator because at the time I didn’t speak one word of English! So I sent an introductory email and told him I wanted to come to study with him. Within one hour, he replied! He told me either I would need to come to audition for him, or put some videos on YouTube of my performances.

I worked hard to find someone in Brazil who could take my old videos from VHS to DVD and that took more than a month. But I finally got them up on the web and sent them to Dr. Ingle. He told me he’d help me, and then it took me about another year to be able to come to the United States. I moved back home to save money, I sold everything and I asked people for help – finally I was able to come. All I had was my airline ticket and $300 in my pocket.

I remember arriving at the airport expecting to see my friend, and when I greeted him he introduced me to Dr. Ingle who had also come to the airport to collect me! Wow! I was so surprised. I asked someone on my flight who spoke Portuguese to write on a piece of paper “I don’t speak English, but if you believe in me, I can learn.” So I started my schooling here at UND in the ELS (ELS Language Centers) program. After a few months there I received a scholarship and then after a year I graduated from the program. I worked really hard.

When I was done, I went to the chair of Music, Dr. Wittgraf, and told him I was ready to begin my graduate program. The Music Department gave me some financial assistance with a tuition waiver and graduate teaching assistant position. So, in one year after arriving with only $300 and speaking no English, I was accepted into the music graduate program and given an assistantship in Music and one in Anthropology, AND I had learned English. I didn’t know that was possible.

It was hard at times. For a year I ate only one meal a day and there was a period of 6 months when I didn’t collect a paycheck. But everyday, my will carried me through. When I was young, a trumpet player who I really admired once told me that when he was at school, he didn’t have money to eat, so he would go to the practice room and study more. This is what I did, too. I love to play, so I would go to the practice room and do my homework. I am there everyday.

When I left Brazil, my mother gave me a small vial of gold and told me that when things seem difficult, to look at that gold as a reminder of what I am doing in life. I carry it with me always.


Paddling on the Great Red River of the North!

September 29, 2014

We had great fun learning how to canoe, kayak, and water paddle on the Red River. The fall colors were beautiful. The experience was empowering.

Getting Ready for Football Season

September 5, 2014

An American football coach came to teach our students to play the game. Today we played. Tomorrow we are going to watch the first UND game of the season.

UND Expo Fair

August 27, 2014

ELS students shared about ELS and signed up conversation partners at the University Expo Fair.

Character Challenge Course

August 4, 2014

Students went to a Minnesota resort that had a high ropes course and a zipline. It was a great activity to build friendships and trust.

Graduation Ceremony

August 4, 2014

We celebrated end of session 7 with pizza. It was sad to say good-bye to many friends that graduated from ELS this month.

Educational Visit to Central High School

July 1, 2014

Students visited Grand Forks Central High School to share about their countries and cultures with freshmen in Global Studies class.

County Fair

July 1, 2014

The trip to the Grand Forks County Fair was lots of fun. The students went on rides, saw farm animals, and even watched a bear show.

Brazil vs. Croatia FIFA World Cup 2014

June 12, 2014

Our Brazilian students and supporters had a blast cheering for Brazil at the opening game.

Trip to the Fire Station

June 12, 2014

Last week students visited the fire station. They learned how first responders train and got to test some of their equipment.

Lesson at Grand Forks Police Station

May 22, 2014

Students learned a few lessons at the local police station. They met police officers, saw the interrogation room, a holding cell, and a shooting range. We hope they don't return there against their will. Just kidding again.


May 14, 2014

We went to a circus performance at the Ralph. Some students sat dangerously close to the tigers, but the tigers were safe. Just kidding!

Alma and Xinding Win!

May 14, 2014

Alma and Xinding won a United Nations writing contest. They wrote about the importance of learning other languages. They will be going to a UN youth meeting this summer. Congratulations to them!

ELS Easter Egg Hunt

April 16, 2014

Lots of chocolate today at ELS!

Pow Wow

April 15, 2014

Students attended a Pow Wow to learn about Native American culture.


ELS at The University of North Dakota

ELS at The University of North Dakota

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

Download PDF

Grand Forks Campus Map

Grand Forks Campus Map

University of North Dakota Campus Map

Download PDF