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San Antonio, TX 78209
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of the Incarnate Word For more information on this institution's programs click here
ELS/San Antonio is located on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word. The city is a thriving cultural center with a laid-back atmosphere and friendly people. San Antonio has many celebrations, including Fiesta, Rodeo, Cinco de Mayo and the Festival of Mud. You also can enjoy the River Walk’s sidewalk cafés, nightclubs and boutiques
Campus Facility Use
Mild winter weather
San Antonio River Walk - a lovely area offering restaurants, shopping, nightlife and river rides along the San Antonio River
The Alamo historic site and various other history and art museums
San Antonio Zoo and botanical gardens, SeaWorld®, Fiesta Texas® and Six Flags® amusement parks
Shared typical on campus dorm room. Shared suite-style bathrooms (4 students use). Rooms include two bunkable beds, chairs, desks, two sets of built-in drawers, and closets. There is one data computer jack per student and basic cable TV service. Linens are also included. Self-service laundry machines are available in the same dorm building for a small fee.
Security: There is one resident assistant for each floor - 2 for approximately 30 students. The residence hall is magnetically locked and is only accessible with a coded student ID that each student receives from the RA upon arrival. The campus police station is located across from Marian Hall and the ELS center. After 11 pm vehicles entering campus must show student ID.
***Meningitis Vaccination Notification***
Texas State Public Health Law requires ALL students, 21 years of age and younger, including transfer students, be immunized against bacterial meningitis. Student must receive the immunization at least fourteen days prior to taking up residence in on campus housing.
Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes one of the following:
"A letter that indicates the month, day, and year of the immunization with the signature stamp of the physician or his/her designee;" or
"An official immunization record generated from a local health department translated in English."
Please submit evidence of your immunization to the Center for processing. This documentation must be received two weeks before your arrival. If this documentation is not received two weeks prior to student's arrival, it may be delay the entry in to campus housing.
Price per Session
Double, Double, Double
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included
Homestays in the area(Homestay)
Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most host family students arrive at the campus by bus or homestay family may drive the student to center. We have no families within walking distance of the Center.
Price per Session
Single, Single, Single
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week
Swimming pool (indoor)
Center is handicapped accessible
Only some classrooms are 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
Greetings from San Antonio, Texas. My name is Ala’ Alahmad. I am the ELS Center Director in San Antonio, Texas at the University of the Incarnate Word. Let me start by saying that I'm honored and thrilled to be part of the ELS family and partners. Before accepting my duties as a center director at San Antonio I was a student at the UIW, where I pursued my Masters and my Ph.D. During my educational journey, I had the pleasure to do my internship at the ELS center as part of my master degree. The staff and faculty were eager to help me achieve my goals as a student. This made me realize what a great center ELS in San Antonio is.
I’m also acting as a Managing Editor for the Journal of International Education and Leadership. A significant part of my time is dedicated towards continuing research on the topics of interest involving methodologies of teaching English to international students as a second language, concepts of leadership, international studies, and ethics. As a result of my continuous research, some of my studies have been submitted and published in various refereed journals.
Our students are our first priority. The administrative staff, teachers, and I make sure that our students are going to receive the finest English language experience and the best service they deserve. All of us at the ELS center in San Antonio will be welcoming students the day they step foot in our city. Not only will students have a prestigious education, but they will be surrounded by people who will truly go the extra mile to ensure their success.
Allan is originally from Darlington, England where he pursued a BA in English and American Literature. In addition, he holds a TEFL International Certificate. In Bangkok, Thailand, he was an ESL instructor at Assumption Convent School and head teacher at Elite Language Institute. He is the Academic Director with responsibility for all academic and teaching matters.
International Student Advisor
Hello, my name is Marcela Switzer and I am the International Student Advisor in service here since September 2014. I have grown up in San Antonio since I was about 6 months old, so I think it is safe to call this my hometown! Coming from a bi-racial family, cultural difference has always been an interest of mine. Gratefully, my mother raised me in her native tongue, so I have the gift of Spanish proficiency (which has proven extremely helpful in this position!). While I was working on my undergraduate degree in International Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, I was a Boarding Assistant for the dormitories at Incarnate Word High School where almost all of the students were from outside the states. Working with these unique students sparked my interest in studying abroad. Eventually I had the amazing opportunity to take courses in South Korea for a semester while helping with their English program. Upon my return, I would pass by the ELS center on campus daily as I made my way to classes. It very soon caught my attention and the idea of it holding valuable experience for me to fit with my studies turned into reality in January 2012. Since then I began to proctor for the TOEFL, TEXES and IELTS exams. In May of 2013, I graduated with my B.A. and a dual-minor in Psychology and Communication Arts. These unique experiences have molded me into the person that I am today, ready to take on any new challenge or need that my job demands. By far the international students that I interact with daily have been one of my favorite elements working here! It truly excites me to meet each new group every month and it is truly a pleasure to assist them in their transition to San Antonio, Texas.
Hello, my name is Oya DiCosimo. I was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey and moved to San Antonio in 2011. I earned my bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature. Previously, I was employed by the United States Air Force-Europe as a Relocation Assistant. After having proctored various exams at ELS San Antonio, I have started working as a registrar. I am enjoying working in such a culturally diverse community and meeting new, ambitious language students every day.
My name is Raghad Hamid. I was born in Denver, Colorado and then moved with my family to Baghdad, where I grew up. I am a recent transplant to San Antonio, having moved to the city in 2011. I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting and, before working at ELS, I was employed at Future University in Yemen. I joined ELS back in 2012. Currently, I administer all IELTS exams in San Antonio. Working with international students has always been my dream; to add, helping foreign students getting registered for the IELTS to enter universities has always been pleasurable. So if you're looking for an IELTS exam, you know where to come: ELS San Antonio.
Hello, my name is Vivian! I was born in California and moved to Texas with my family 18 years ago. I worked as a mortgage broker for 20 years and needed to take care of my grandson. I decided to become a host mother so my grandson would have the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures, which I thought was incredible. I've been hosting with ELS for almost 4 years and now work as their homestay coordinator. I'm very passionate about the ELS homestay program because I know the kind of transformation the host families and the students go through during the time they stay here. It truly is an amazing experience for everyone involved.
July 25, 2014
ELS is a very good school to learn English. It's a very beautiful school! Their facilities are well equipped to take in students from all over the world! They provided us with excellent books to learn from, and the teachers followed the curriculum very well. They taught in a way that we could understand. The teachers are all very helpful and always try and make you feel comfortable. Especially because they know that we are from a foreign country, and that we are far away from our friends and family. The school places you in a dormitory that is very near to the facilities and classrooms. They are spacious enough for two people, it has a restroom and is air conditioned. They also provide a kitchen for the students who would like to use. The campus is very nice and welcoming. Not only ELS is a great school, but it's located in a great city. San Antonio is a city that is very welcoming and receptive of foreign people. For sure, here is good place for your beginning.
July 11, 2014
Hello, my name is Jesus. I have come from Colombia. My experience at ELS Language Center has been very rewarding because I have had the opportunity to have excellent teachers who have taught me many things about reading, writing, and speaking. Indisputably, my English has improved significantly. For example, before I came to ELS I was not able to have a long conversation in English and now I am able to. Also, I have learned so much about how to write different types of essays that before I did not know. Besides, I have the opportunity to share with people from different countries. It has let me know their culture, customs, and even a little bit about their languages. I am happy for having chosen ELS to study English. Everybody here is friendly and always willing to help.
April 30, 2013
Hello, my name is Julien, I'm from Belgium. I have been studying at ELS for 6 months. It is a very wonderful experience; you meet a lot of people who come from everywhere in the world. You don't just improve and learn English, but also meet a lot of different people. It is very a good experience for your life. ELS is very a good organization. If you have a problem, they will help you and try to find the best solution for you.
April 12, 2013
Hello everybody!!! My name is Levent Kurt and I'm an international student from Turkey. I've been studying at ELS about two months. I really like being here because ELS provides good opportunities for students to improve their English skills. It is important that discipline plays a crucial role in their education system and it makes education valuable at ELS. Also, you can find yourself attending several activities, such as basketball matches, the rodeo, Main Event, and student clubs. I would like to mention that all the teachers and staff are friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend ELS to international students.
April 9, 2013
Hello, my name is Hervé. I come from France. I had to improve my English and I have chosen ELS for its professionalism. I had been studying in San Antonio for 6 weeks from February to April. Why San Antonio? Spurs, Spring in Texas, Southern weather!
Another reason was that I would be sure to be the only French student. It was perfect for total immersion. Everyone is so nice here that I’ll be back this summer with my family for another session. Were I you, I would come too. You’ll be surprised by your improvement, trust an old French student. The ELS Staff will stay in my heart. Au revoir et à bientôt (goodbye and see you soon)!
March 29, 2013
My name is Yui Shimoyama. I am from Japan. I have been at ELS San Antonio 6 months. When I came here, my English was horrible and I was not confident to talk with other, but I realized we students were all in the same situation. People at ELS have the same purpose of improving English, so there was no pressure. I recommend ELS San Antonio because there are a lot of opportunities to speak English with other exchange students and university students. You will learn English from them.
Sultan Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia
September 10, 2009
I have been studying at ELS Language Center at San Antonio for 13 months. Before I came, I couldn’t think that I’m going to speak English fluently. ELS gave me the opportunity to learn English quickly. The school, the teachers, and living in the dormitory which is above the center, support me to learn. The school location is on-campus which is very nice to have the university’s advantages like swimming pool, free access internet. Coming to ELS Language Center at San Antonio was the best decision.
- Sultan Al-Otaibi
Ayumi Murakami, Japan
September 10, 2009
There are a lot of activities and we always enjoy them!! The teachers are very kind and friendly. They always help us. If we pass level 109, we can join some university classes as an auditor.
During our graduation ceremony, students who pass their exit level and students who perform exceptionally well are recognized and awarded certificates. We also draw names for prizes for students that have been practicing their English on their free time.
Every year the Battle of Flowers Parade is one of the first events to start off the famous FIESTA season that takes over San Antonio for the majority of April. Bright colors, food, dancing and parades can be found everywhere downtown in celebration of San Antonio's rich history.
In recognition of the Indian celebration of Holi, UIW's departments of international affairs and campus life hosted their annual Festival of Colors. Just like Holi, colored powder was thrown everywhere and the crowd turned into a rainbow of faces. Our students learned how to use cascarones and really enjoyed the event.
This day is in the month is always filled with mixed emotions as some students celebrate their graduation from the program and some their transition to a new level. It is a joy to all to see how far our students have improved since their first day at ELS.
Our host institution's international activities department put on a very colorful and entertaining festival to celebrate the Year of the Goat for Asian New Year 2015. Traditional Asian foods were served and performers dressed in traditional garments as they shared with the crowd their style of dance.
The rodeo comes to San Antonio every year for about two weeks in February. There is plenty to do here for all ages; ride carnival rides, pet farm animals at the petting zoo, watch concerts and professional bull riding just to name a few.
The monthly pizza party mixer was particularly lively this session with our Proyecta group of almost 100 Mexican students. They had a great time getting to know different students from other cultures while enjoying a few slices.
Our partnership with a UIW class flourished this semester for "Conversation Club". Our students were able to meet twice a month to discuss topics that shared the differences and similarities among their cultures.
A popular American tradition that occurs annually during Halloween, is trick-or-treating. The local elementary school brought their students by the center parading their costumes. We had fun passing out the candy and seeing all their youthful smiles.
ELS at the University of the Incarnate Word
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