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Ruston, LA

305 Wisteria St.
Ruston, LA 71272
Tel.: (318) 257-2012
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Louisiana Tech University
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ELS/Ruston is located on the beautiful campus of Louisiana Tech University. LA Tech, a Tier-One national university, has a diverse student population. Activities in Ruston include water skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and many festivals. You can also enjoy weekend visits to New Orleans and Dallas.

  • Safe and friendly college town environment
  • ELS/Ruston and Louisiana Tech University International Pathways Certificate
  • 16 Varsity Sports Teams with free access to games for ELS students
  • Sports and Wellness center offers indoor and outdoor pools, bowling alley, rock climbing wall and more
  • Weekend trips to Dallas, Houston and New Orleans
  • Shreveport, LA's resorts and casinos nearby

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45
Bank 15
Downtown Area 15
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 15
Sports Stadium/Center 5
Supermarket 20








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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

Dudley Hall - Female Dorm, study area inside bedroom Dudley Hall - Female Dorm Bedroom Dudley Hall - Female Dorm Laundry Area Dudley Hall - Female Dorm Kitchen Dudley Hall - Female Dorm Lavatory Dudley Hall - Female Dorm Showers Pearce Hall - Male Dorm Pearce Hall - Male Dorm Bedroom and Sink Area Pearce Hall - Male Dorm

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Some homestays are walking or biking-distance to campus. In other cases, homestay families will drive them back and forth.

Price per Session $800
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $180
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Louisiana Tech University Dorms
(Student Residence (On Campus))

Females: Harper Hall
Males: Mitchell Hall

Various dormitories at LTU are used for ELS students. Males are in separate dorms from females. Both male and female dorms are typical double occupancy dorms located on campus. Shared hallway bathrooms. Rooms include sink, bed, desk, closet, and chest of drawers. Linens are also included. Exact dormitory placement is announced upon check-in. Self-service laundry machines are available within walking-distance of rooms. Students can pay laundry machine fees using the "express" money allotment on their LTU student card.

Price per Session $655
Occupancy Double, Double, Double
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $180
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Price includes $160 cafeteria credit per session to use in various on campus food establishments. Credit can only be used for food purchases only.

Language Technology Center Ruston: Administration building Louisiana Tech football stadium The Quad Clock Tower Outdoor Pool -- Lots of fun in the summer! Outdoor Pool Louisiana Tech Bowling Alley -- Free for ELS Students Louisiana Tech Rock Climbing Wall Louisiana Tech University landmark Lady of the Mist fountain Indoor Lap Pool More of our beautiful campus
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • 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

Jay R. Ligon

Jay R. Ligon

Center Director

Jay R Ligon grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, which is located one hour west of Ruston. He graduated from the University of Houston, where he studied advertising and creative writing. During his college studies, Jay took two years off to backpack across America. During his American tour, a friend suggested that he volunteer as an ESL instructor, and he found teaching to be his true passion. Jay has worked in the ESL field for over 10 years. He spent seven years in Jeju-do, South Korea, where he was a senior instructor at Jeju National University. He also was a trainer for South Korean government officials. He has returned to the US with his wife and daughter. As a family they agree, there is no kinder place than Ruston. They welcome you with open arms and some good old Southern hospitality.

John Hensley

John Hensley

Academic Director

Mr. Hensley has taught in various schools and institutions in Louisiana since 1985. He has also traveled to Honduras and gained experience teaching in a foreign language. He has been a speaker at Louisiana TESOL. He presently serves as an instructor, Academic Director, and ETS TOEFL Center supervisor at ELS in Ruston, Louisiana. He believes that education is a major key to success, and the classroom is a place where learning is intense, yet the atmosphere should be enjoyable!

Devin Wagener

Devin Wagener

International Student Advisor

Devin graduated from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston with a Bachelors in Spanish. He is now working on his Masters of Arts in Teaching -Secondary English at Louisiana Tech University. Devin studied Spanish while in Costa Rica and uses this experience to relate to students who come to the U.S. to study English. He taught English in Spain for one year and discovered it was something he enjoyed doing. He now helps students enroll in colleges, decide what to study, and adjust to living in the U.S. One of his favorite quotes is “no journey is long, if you find what you are looking for.”

Yvonne Yngve

Yvonne Yngve


Yvonne has been the registrar at ELS Language Centers in Louisiana since February of 2005. Originally from a small town in Illinois, she appreciates the quiet and friendly atmosphere in Ruston. Over the years she has enjoyed getting to know students from around the world and has observed how people are culturally diverse yet so much the same in their desire to enjoy life and have a successful future.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson


Emily began teaching at ELS in July 2010. At the age of one, her family moved to Japan and stayed for four years. She also lived in Rhode Island and Nebraska before she moved to Louisiana. She is lucky enough to have visited many places around the world and in the United States. Emily has a Master of Arts Degree in History and is currently working on her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on ESL.

Tallie Smart

Tallie Smart


Tallie began teaching in August 2010. She has a Bachelor's Degree and will begin working on her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on ESL in the fall. She has taught at the ELS Center in Fort-Smith Arkansas and is also an accredited TOEFL administrator. In the future, Tallie plans on travelling internationally and teaching English abroad. Tallie believes that, "Education is the pathway to brilliance".

Daniel Moore

Daniel Moore


Daniel Stephen Moore began his career as an English Language Instructor by completing his TESOL certification in 2009 and teaching three years in Beihai and Qinzhou, China. Upon returning to the United States, he began work on his Masters degree at Louisiana Tech University, a certification that will assist him in achieving his life-long desire to teach and learn. Daniel was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in South Dakota, graduating from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. He received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Louisiana Tech in 2007. At fifteen, he spent two months living in Hiroshima, Japan, which ignited his interest in other cultures and resulted in his seeking his career as an English language instructor. An award winning and recognized artist, he and his wife, Eva, whom he met in China, live in Ruston with their thirteen-year old tabby cat, Nugget.

Meet our Students from Ivory Coast

February 26, 2015


January 8, 2015


I love all of the teachers and people at ELS Ruston.
Sometimes Americans come to ELS to talk with the students.

When I first came here, I didn’t know anything. I just said
“yes” or “no” because my English wasn’t good, but not I can understand what people say.

I have met lots of people, especially talking with Americans
helped me. What I want to say is “don’t be shy about your English, you came to study English.”

-Sangu,South Korea


December 5, 2014


ELS Ruston gave me numerous opportunities and chances to become familiar with daily life and study on campus. This made me adapt as fast as possible to American college life. Here I met a lot of new friends from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to experience various cultures. Teachers here are all friendly and helpful. With no doubt they will try their best to help you with any difficulty you faced in your life. Most important things is my English skill, especially listening and speaking, have been greatly improved. In a word, study in ELS Ruston is the best decision that I have ever made for going to university in America. It gives me great help for both study and normal life.



September 2, 2014


ELS Ruston is one of the definitive decisions I've made for the sake of success. Living in America was not only about learning English, I learned cultures, customs, lifestyles, and more importantly the way to enter the university. I've become prepared in speaking, understanding, and perfect in writing. Studying in this institution was a huge help since, now I'm a student in a university. There are lots of things in ELS helped me to become prepared and the instructors are without a doubt the main factor.


August 14, 2014


There are many excellent teachers in the ELS of Ruston to improve our English skills. They always teach us politely when we have some questions. Also, we can have fun with students from all over the world. Experience their different cultures in the United States through English is a great time for us. In addition, they are so friendly, therefore we can be friends with each other quickly through English.


July 22, 2014


Going to Ruston to learn English was one of the best experiences that I have had in my life. The ELS program was simple but very accurate. Meeting students from USA helped me to improve my English. Suddenly, the language became easier and joyful. I found lots of friends there who assisted me to get my goal of studying engineering. I will never forget the teachers and their jokes that always made me smile and helped me to understand the American culture. I
have missed ELS because I experienced too many remarkable moments that I always smile each time that I remember.



June 26, 2014


ELS helped me a lot to improve my English and to practice for the TOEFL. I had a really good time going to class at ELS Ruston. It is an amazing experience because you get to meet people from all over the world and you learn about other cultures!



June 26, 2014


"Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing." It has been nearly five months since I started to study in ELS, which is a place where I improved my English and also met many nice people from different countries. It helped me to adapt to the American school life gradually and game me an awesome experience in America. The day I graduated from ELS was not the end but the new beginning of my master study in the United States. I want to thank the teachers and students who helped me a lot there and I wish ELS have a glorious future!



May 6, 2014


Coming to ELS is a fantastic experience for me. What I get from here is not only the knowledge of English study, but also the opportunity to make friends who are from different countries. I believe I can successfully finish the study in ELS with the advanced education methods and conditions. That's why I chose here before my Master's Degree.



December 16, 2013


Thanks for having us in your home at school.
All the time we feel your cooperation. Not only did we learn a new language, but also, a new culture and new people. It's important to thank our classmates for their hospitality and " Not for teaching bad words !". Our time is up but we're going back full of knowledge. We return with a new family in E.L.S., Bolivia, China, Japan, Mexico, and K.S.A.
In our country, in our Army you will always have the doors open.
On behalf of the officers and N.C.O.'s of the Colombian Army, of the people in Colombia and especially these twelve men who are here today.
Here is a small gift and taken of appreciation for you. This is the coat of arms of the Army and the flag of Colombia.



November 18, 2013


I definitely made a right decision when attending the ELS school. At School, I learn not only English, but also American Culture. Both of them are very important for anyone who wants to study in American. Specially, ELS teachers who are friendly to students have helped me a lot even though I graduated. Personally, I love the English Master program so much although at first I felt embarrass just a little bit. Shortly after that, I enjoy studying with that program. That pushed me both speak and write a lot. I have missed my teachers and friends there.


ELS Students Speak: about TOEFL® testing support

November 18, 2013

ELS Students Speak: Going to University after ELS

November 18, 2013


November 18, 2013


First of all, I appreciate ELS giving me an opportunity to show my experience.
I am an ordinary person, I am not the emperor or empress. I am Chinese. My hometown is a nice place, Chongqing. Women are beautiful, men are handsome. Also, we all know that China is a wonderful place.
Last year, my parents asked me to study in the US. At that time, I can not speak English, except some simple words, like “thank you” “goodbye” “aha”. Therefore, I came to ELS for my poor English skills. Now, I have become a master student, and my level is 111.
One day, my friend told me that I should take the TOEFL test. By the way, he is a crazy guy, he got a high score in the test, 116. So, I did some practice for the TOEFL test. I also took it six times, but I failed. However, I never give it up. At ELS, I learned many English skills. Although my speaking is not very good, I have dare to talk with Americans, I have dare to show my errors. In addition, I did not care about what I am in the opinion of others as to what I am myself.
I have an important thing want to share with others, my teachers. ELS center in Ruston has some good teachers. When I was get into trouble in English, they help me a lot. In a word, ELS has a perfect system for students. Also, ELS has an ideal arrangement to improve English skills. I plan to
study my major at Tech University at present. In the future, I wish my parent would be proud of me.
Thanks for teaching at ELS.


August 6, 2012


“I came here on April this year, and I have been studying for three months. At the beginning, I worried very much, though teachers and classmates were very kind.”


ELS Students Speak - About Practicing Listening, Speaking

August 15, 2011

Di Zang, China

January 15, 2010

I love the life here in Ruston every day. I had a great time in ELS Ruston and I really appreciate daily life here and all of my teachers here. I had a fantastic time during that corn maze day. It was really a special experience that I have ever had. I feel like I am at home in ELS Ruston and everything here is really amazing.

- Di Zang

Rena Sato, Japan

May 8, 2009

First, I love Ruston. Ruston is a small college city which has a great community to experience American country life. There are lakes to swim in, fish, and camp, and farms to ride horses. Also it is not expensive to live here compared with other big cities. ELS in Ruston has great teachers who make classes enjoyable and a comfortable environment. I met many friends from all over the world and learned different cultures, which I cannot learn in class. We had lunch together every day and dinner on the weekend. If you become an ELS student in Ruston, you will make a lot of friends and have many activities like bowling, short trips and pizza day. Come to Ruston to study English. Here has a good atmosphere to concentrate on studying! When I finished my English study at ELS Ruston, I chose to stay in Ruston and I’m a successful student in the Interior Design program at Louisiana Tech.

Terrific 2B

March 19, 2015


1B Pictures

February 18, 2015

New session and new year of activities and fun times!

13B Memories

January 2, 2015

A great way to end the year

Best of 12B

December 4, 2014

Photos from all the great times we had this session!

Pumpkin Carving

November 12, 2014

We had a great time making Jack-o-lanterns in the ELS!

ELS/Ruston & LA Tech International Pathways Certificate Program

November 5, 2014

ELS/Ruston and Louisiana Tech University have teamed up to create the International Pathways Certificate Program. This program allows international students to participate in Louisiana Tech classes while enrolled in English classes at ELS/Ruston.

10B - Way Fun

October 17, 2014

We had a great session!

Hello 11 B

October 17, 2014

Kicking off a new session


ELS at Louisiana Tech University

ELS at Louisiana Tech University

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

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Homestay Family Handbook Ruston

Homestay Family Handbook Ruston

Homestay Family Handbook

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Homestay Home Requirements

Homestay Home Requirements

Homestay Home Requirements

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Host Family Agreement

Host Family Agreement

Host Family Agreement

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Host Family Application and Profile

Host Family Application and Profile

Host Family Application and Profile

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Louisiana Tech Certificate Program

Louisiana Tech Certificate Program

Outlines the ELS Louisiana Tech Certificate Programs in Liberal Arts, Business, Science, and Education programs.

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Session 3B Activity Calendar

Session 3B Activity Calendar

Session 3B Activities!

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Session 4B Activitiy Calendar

Session 4B Activitiy Calendar

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