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Philadelphia, PA

5414 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Tel.: (215) 473-4430
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Saint Joseph's University
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ELS/Philadelphia is located close to downtown Philadelphia on the beautiful, safe campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Philadelphia is a modern yet historic city, offering a lively experience in American culture and a wide range of restaurants, world-class museums and recreational activities.

  • Campus Facility Use
  • Philadelphia’s many historical attractions (Liberty Bell, others)
  • Downtown museums, restaurants, cultural events & sports
  • New York City, Atlantic City, Washington, DC and Niagara Falls are all possible weekend trips.

Fast Facts - Philadelphia

Fast Facts - Philadelphia

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30
Bank 10
Downtown Area 20
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 15
Bus Stop/Subway 5








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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

The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2014 Cost Per Session
$2040 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

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SJU - Rashford Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

Shared bedrooms within 2-bedroom campus apartment-style dorm. Shared bathrooms (2 per apartment). Each apartment offers a furnished living room, dining area, and kitchen and has free cable TV, internet access and local telephone service. Rooms include 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 closets & 2 night tables. Linens are also included. Free coin-operated washers and dryers are located on each floor. Married couple rooms may be available with advanced notice, but requires that both parties study at ELS. For a flyer with photos please see the pdf file posted to the left. Security: 24-hour Security Desk at entrance; Card access. There is a resident assistant for ELS students.

Price per Session $1175
Occupancy Double Deluxe, Double Deluxe - *Contact ELS for Married Couple rate/availability. Both the husband and wife must study at ELS.
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $150
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students walk or take the university shuttle to campus. For a flyer with photos please see the pdf file posted to the left.

Price per Session $1090
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $150
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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  • 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

Heledona Katro

Heledona Katro

Center Director

Heledona has overall responsibility for the smooth operation of the center and for ensuring that the students are satisfied with their ELS educational experience. She is always available to assist students and listen to their comments and concerns. Heledona and Amber are also responsible for student immigration matters.

Bernadette McGlynn

Bernadette McGlynn

Academic Director

Bernadette is responsible for the instructional part of the ELS program. In consultation with the instructors, she decides on student placements in a particular level. Students wishing to change their courses or choose an elective class should speak with Bernadette. Any academic concerns should be discussed with her.

Amber Sneddon

Amber Sneddon

International Student Advisor

Amber is responsible for advising students who are planning to go to certificate programs, community colleges, undergraduate or graduate programs at universities. All students who will do so must make an appointment with Amber beginning with Level 107. If you are an intensive student in Level 107 or above, you may ask to arrange to observe a class at Saint Joseph's University.She will help you with choosing a program which is appropriate for you and helping you with the application process. Amber is also able to assist with statements of attendance.

Mayra Forrest

Mayra Forrest


Mayra is responsible for student registration and payments. Questions about tuition, housing fees, or dormitory reservation deposits should be discussed with her. Students who want to buy an ELS Dictionary should see Mayra. She will also help you with questions about the ELS medical insurance or making medical appointments.

Susan McKelvey

Susan McKelvey

Homestay Coordinator

Susan is responsible for the Housing program, both for homestays and dormitory placements. She also helps students to sign up for activities and distributes their letters and packages.

Ahmed Alamoudi, Saudi Arabia

August 11, 2011

When I first came to ELS, I didn't think that I will be ready to start my upper studies in such a short period of time. After 9 months of studying at ELS, I didn't just finish level 112, but also got I high score at the TOEFL exam because of the English program at ELS. Now I can speak fluently, read novels, and write many kinds of articles and researches. ELS made my dream comes true. Thank you ELS for everything that you has been giving to us.

Giulia Grazzini, Italy

September 17, 2009

I’m really proud of my choice of ELS Philadelphia. I can’t imagine another way to improve my English than the perfectly organized school and the well prepared teachers. The staff is always available for any requests, to encourage you and help students achieve their academic or professional goals. The whole atmosphere you are surrounded by lets everyone feel comfortable. Another reason why I’m really satisfied with my studies is the amenities the campus offers. I enjoyed not only the efficient library and the up-to-date gym, but also the trips to the close towns of New York, Washington and Boston. In short, this campus location is strategic to study, travel and experience the typical American lifestyle.

- Giulia Grazzini

Professional Baseball Game- The Philadelphia Phillies!

June 17, 2014

Our students witnessed history in the making when Jimmy Rollins set the record of all-time hits for a Philadelphia player.

Phillies Baseball Game

June 17, 2014

Our students witnessed history in the making when Jimmy Rollins set the record of all-time hits for a Phillies player at 2,235.


ELS at Saint Josephs University

ELS at Saint Josephs University

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

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Fast Facts - Philadelphia

Fast Facts - Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Campus Map

Philadelphia Campus Map

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