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ELS USA LOCATIONS

N.Y., Riverdale, NY

6301 Riverdale Ave.
Riverdale, NY 10471
Tel.: (718) 796-6325
On the campus of: College of Mount Saint Vincent
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ELS/Riverdale is located on the beautiful campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent (CMSV) in the prestigious Riverdale section. CMSV is located in a safe, residential community that offers an ideal setting for study, yet is less than 40 minutes away from Manhattan by express bus or subway.


  • Campus Facility Use
  • College Class Participation at ELS/NY-Riverdale
  • New York City's many attractions within easy reach
  • Weekend trips possible to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, beach areas and mountains

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45
Bank 10
Downtown Area 30
Post Office 10
Restaurant(s) 10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10
Supermarket 10
Bus Stop/Subway 5

LEGEND

Walking

Bike

Car

Bus

Train


Electricity

110V 60KHz.
Electric Plug Details

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Programs available at this location

2014 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction


Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction


Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction


Spellman Residence Hall
Dormitory Lounge Dormitory Room Free Laundry Room (Wash and Dry) for All Doritory Students

Spellman Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

Shared typical on campus dorm room. Shared hallway bathrooms. Rooms include beds, dressers, desks, lamps and closets. Linens are also included. Self-service laundry machines are available in the same dormitory building for a small fee. Security: Each dormitory has a checkpoint (24 hours per day). There is also a checkpoint at the entrance to the campus. Each floor has 2 resident assistants (1 for approx. 30 students).

Price per Session $1700
Occupancy Triple, Triple - College of Mount Saint Vincent housing
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup 160
Meals / week or Meal Credit
$400 meal card included per session in the Housing Price. Students use this card to purchase meals in the cafeteria.
2014 Summer Temporary Summer Meal Adjustments apply.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Homestay students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students take a short bus ride to the center, although there are a few within walking distance. No placement will be more than one-hour travel from the Center.

Price per Session $1100
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 14
Airport Pickup 160
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

 Cafeteria ELS-NY Riverdale - Cafeteria Cafeteria Lunch outside Hudson Heights Cafeteria The Castle on Campus A beautiful campus for walking! Part of the Campus skyline Founders Hall, home of ELS! Founders Hall, home of ELS! ELS students have access to the College gymnasium. ELS students have access to the College gymnasium. Hudson Heights is one of the Campus dining options. The Castle. Inside the ELS Center. The Campus overlooks the Hudson River. Campus Aerial Shot Auditorium and Gymnasium CMSV Dolphins New Gym! Seton Library Great Lawn by the Hudson River Fitness Center The Center hallway A Center classroom A Center hallway Students enjoying the Center Student Lounge.
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Center NOT 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

Jeff Vanderwerf

Jeff Vanderwerf

Center Director

Jeff Vanderwerf grew up in Windom, Minnesota, a small farming town near the Minnesota/Iowa border. He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where he completed a BA in English. He has worked in the field of English language education in Ukraine, Mexico, India, Argentina, and Russia. In Russia, he founded a school which grew to be the largest in the Russian Far East. Jeff completed his M.Ed. in 2012. He enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.
Jeff welcomes you to ELS/Riverdale, nestled on the gorgeous campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent!

Rhianna Weber

Rhianna Weber

Academic Director

Rhianna was born in upstate New York and has lived and studied abroad in England and Sweden. She completed her undergraduate degree in English literature and graduated Cum Laude with honors in English from Russell Sage College. She continued her studies of Victorian Women’s Literature at Oxford University and then pursued a Master of Global Studies at Gothenburg University, Sweden. While in Sweden, she taught English as a Foreign Language for four years and was involved in creating and developing curricula. Rhianna joined ELS in 2012 as an English Instructor and began as the Academic Director at ELS Riverdale, New York in May 2013. Professionally, she is interested in and has experience working with curriculum development, social inclusion, and cultural exchange as a means to create a more unified global community.

Marc

April 14, 2014

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ELS Riverdale is a beautiful place. We have very friendly teachers and a good community. It's a nice place to improve your English!

-Marc,Switzerland

Mohammed

July 13, 2012

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I used to study in a school other than ELS but a school like ELS Riverdale, I couldn't find. They use the best ways to teach, moreover their books improved my English so fast. In other words, "ELS or nothing else." ELS improved my writing and speaking and my grammar too in a short time. It's just amazing!

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia

Saeed

July 13, 2012

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"I'm happy to study in ELS Riverdale and to improve my English Language ability."

-Saeed,Saudi Arabia

Gina

February 29, 2012

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My ELS Riverdale experience was very awesome! Not only did I learn more English but I also made a lot of local and international friends and got involved with College activities at The College Of Mount Saint Vincent. I had the opportunity to visit some college classes related to my study in my country. The teachers and the students were very kind and friendly. Definitely, this experience opened my mind even more!

-Gina,Paraguay

The Brooklyn Bridge

April 23, 2014


We enjoyed an amazing view from this famous piece of NYC history!

A Film Crew Visits ELS Riverdale

March 31, 2014


Our students were asked to take part in making a promotional video for international education.

Bowling Trip

March 31, 2014


Students headed to 42nd Street for some lunch. Then, they went to Lucky Strike for an afternoon of bowling!

Daesung University Students Visit for a Session

February 26, 2014


"We miss NYC and ELS already. We learned so much English in a short time. Thank you ELS!"

ELS UN Delegates

February 17, 2014

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ELS Riverdale students went to the United Nations to listen to Jody Williams--a winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Candy Gram Exchange

February 14, 2014


Students wrote Valentine's Day cards to each other and exchanged them.

Master Students Work on Ending Homelessness in NYC

February 4, 2014

Under the advisement of Suzanne Likeness, ELS Riverdale students are helping to fight homelessness in NYC. Students are collecting food, clothes, and money to donate to the NYC Rescue Mission and the Mayor's Alliance for Homeless Pets.

Contact America!

January 31, 2014


ELS Riverdale students participate in many different activities to help them improve their speaking skills.

Ice Skating NYC

January 31, 2014


ELS Riverdale students went ice skating in Bryant Park.

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Activity Calendar 7A.14

Activity Calendar 7A.14

These are the planned activities for session 7A.14

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ELS at the College of Mount Saint Vincent

ELS at the College of Mount Saint Vincent

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Riverdale ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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Mount Saint Vincent Certificate Program

Mount Saint Vincent Certificate Program

Outlines the ELS Mount Saint Vincent Certificate Programs in International Business and Economics, and Global Communication and the Media Internship Program.

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