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Grand Forks, ND

221 Centennial Dr.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel.: (701) 777-6785
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of North Dakota
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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








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 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 $800
Occupancy Double, Double, Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $70
Meals / week or Meal Credit

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, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $70
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's academic background is in foreign language education and linguistics. 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 in a range of settings for 14 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 started working at ELS Grand Forks in 2008. Jill loves all of the outdoor activities in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Greenway is more than twice the size of New York City’s Central Park with more than 20 miles of biking paths, city parks, boating and fishing areas, and campgrounds, and it is one of her favorite places in Grand Forks.

Amy Vein

Amy Vein


Amy is originally from Grand Forks. She received her B.A in Cross-Cultural Communications from Bethany International. Prior to starting at ELS in 2011, she was a continuing student at Bethany Center for Global Studies. She has been working with international students for the past 3 years. She has also been able to travel to 7 different countries, broadening her cross cultural experience. In her spare time she likes reading, out-door activities and spending time with family.

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.

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.

Anthony Kueppers

Anthony Kueppers


Anthony has taught English in various cultural and linguistic settings for several years. As a foreign instructor he taught English in China and as an AmeriCorps member he taught English to immigrants in Michigan. New to Grand Forks, Anthony has found that the safe community provides for a good learning environment.

Jamey Davidsmeyer

Jamey Davidsmeyer


Jamey has been working with students from all over the world for more than five years. He moved to Grand Forks in 2012 to study at the University of North Dakota. There, he taught writing and worked as a writing consultant in the UND Writing Center before coming to work at ELS Grand Forks. He believes that the North Dakota/Minnesota area is a great place to study English and boasts one of the best colleges in the region. It's also a perfect place to watch and play ice hockey.

Melanie Newman Morrow

Melanie Newman Morrow


Melanie has more than five years of experience teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States and abroad. She holds a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She spent two years teaching English in the South Pacific country of Tonga with her husband. She also worked eight years in broadcast journalism as a television news photographer, reporter and producer. Melanie is originally from North Dakota and is happy to be back working with international students in her home state.

Kristie Jadwin

Kristie Jadwin


Kristie is a new teacher at ELS Grand Forks. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota she received her undergraduate degree in German and International Relations from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and a Masters in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has experience teaching English in Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and recently Moldova. Some of her hobbies include reading and watching anything about American or European history, horseback riding, snowshoeing, listening to good music with the perfect cup of coffee. Her favorite things she likes about living in Grand Forks is being next to the Red River, the beautiful running/bike paths, the coffee shops and friendly people.

Delcio Cardoso

October 16, 2014


Well, let me begin by stating that study abroad is not an easy task for anyone! Personally, I left my home country without speaking any English and I believe that taking a English course at one of the ELS language centers was definitely the best choice I have made. At the ELS I could not only learn English as a second language, but also I could learn basic skills that would be beneficial for my academic journey or even for my future career. For instance, in reading classes, we were taught how to think critically and how to come up with arguments or questions every time we read something. Also, besides focusing on improving students' writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills, it seems to me that the ELS is also concerned about getting students involved in American culture. That is, while in ELS, I took part in various activities (though I should have done more!) where students had to interact with each other and speak with Americans as a way of practicing what they have learnt in class. That was really helpful because we could measure our level of English and perhaps work on our weaknesses. Overall,
I had such a great time at ELS, I made a lot of friends there, and most important I was able to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world. So, I encourage you all to keep working, never give up, always be assertive, and never forget to enjoy every single moment at the ELS. I assure you that it is worthy!!

Thank you ELS family :)

-Delcio Cardoso, Angola


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.


Visit to the Grand Forks Police Department

March 23, 2015

We took a tour of the Grand Forks Police Station where students learned about how an American police force operates, and the role of police officers in Grand Forks. It was an fun educational experience!

ELS Dress Up Week

March 23, 2015

We had a dress-up week at ELS! The week consisted of Crazy Hair Day, Fun Hat Day, and Hawaiian Day

ELS Dress Up Week!

March 23, 2015

We had a dress-up week at ELS! The week consisted of Crazy Hair Day, Fun Hat Day, and Hawaiian Day

Skiing at Buena Vista

March 10, 2015

We traveled to Bemidji, Minnesota to go skiing and snowboarding at Buena Vista Ski Area. The weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic time!

Valentine's Day

February 17, 2015

We had a Valentine's Day celebration with a performance by a local a cappella group. Students had the opportunity to send candy and valentine cards to one another which were also distributed during the event. Everyone had a great time!

Feast of Nations

February 10, 2015

Feast of Nations was an exciting cultural event with nearly 1000 people attending that included a five-course dinner and numerous cultural performances. Our students performed alongside acclaimed folk entertainers from the area. They were the best dancers on the floor!

Class Visits

February 5, 2015

We had a few interesting class visits recently--Santa, shelter dog Molly, and Ms. North Dakota. Everyone was delighted and had many chances to practice English.

Skiing at Buena Vista Ski Area

December 1, 2014

Skiing was wonderful. Many students commented that skiing was their most favorite activity of the year and a memory for a lifetime!

Hockey and Skating

November 20, 2014

Students went skating at the best college hockey arena in the US. The next day, they attended a hockey game played on the same rink.

Thanksgiving Play

November 4, 2014

We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and celebrated today by attending a performance by ELS students. What talented actors our students are!

Bowling at Red Ray Lanes

October 12, 2014

Cooler weather has arrived. Bowling was a perfect opportunity to have fun indoors.

ELS Olympics

October 2, 2014

Marshmallow races, wheel barrel races, mummy wrapping contest--we had lots of room for competition.

Paddling on the Great Red River of the North!

September 29, 2014

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


ELS at The University of North Dakota

ELS at The University of North Dakota

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