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
"The faculty and staff at ELS are nice and they give you a hand when you encounter difficulties."
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
International Business certificate program
Global Communications & Media certificate program
Volunteerism Experiences available
New York City's many attractions within easy reach
Weekend trips possible to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, beach areas and mountains
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
$1650 - 1700
Triple, Triple - College of Mount Saint Vincent housing
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.
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
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week
Center NOT handicapped accessible
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
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 travelling, 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 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.
International Student Advisor
After teaching English in South Korea, Phil joined ELS in 2011 as an instructor. Now, as International Student Advisor, he enjoys helping students acclimate to life in the U.S, organizing fun activities, and advising and counseling on a variety of issues. Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a NYS teacher’s certification in Secondary Education - Social Studies from Queens College.
July 13, 2012
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!
July 13, 2012
"I'm happy to study in ELS Riverdale and to improve my English Language ability."
February 29, 2012
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!
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.