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/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
American Explorer Program has been added to your estimate.
2014 Cost Per Session
Marian Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))
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***
All students who plan to live on campus are required to show evidence of being 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
$790 - 800
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
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
Dr. Ala Alahmad
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 was 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 Norwich, 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 Instructional Specialist responsible for our Learning Technology Center.
International Student Advisor
Hello! I’m Erin, the International Student Advisor. I began working with ELS San Antonio in October 2012. I was born in the small, West Texas town of Plainview. I moved to San Antonio to attend Trinity University. In 2011, I graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Religion. My concentration was in Middle Eastern Studies. I spent a semester of my undergraduate degree at the University of Jordan in Amman honing my Arabic skills and studying the culture and politics of the region. I expected myself to take acclimating to a foreign culture easily—but I certainly didn’t! I learned a lot about how to handle culture shock and the issues that one can encounter abroad, and I am eager to help our ELS students with these challenges. After graduation, I didn’t stay away from San Antonio long; I was only gone five months before I was here again. I love the city and enjoy introducing our students to its unique scene with activities and excursions!
My name is Jennifer R Cash; I was born on Homestead Air force Base in the summer of 1983. I graduated from High School in 2001, moved to Texas, and in four short years was married to my husband, and was blessed with my twins Kendall and Collin. I am currently seeking my BS in Business with a concentration in Management and Accounting. During the course of the past 3 years I have written a collection of poems which are published under the Title; The Flow of the Emotion (2010) with Turner Maxwell Books. I have recently completed a novel that is titled, Freshman Year: The Age of Innocence.
I started with ELS Language Center in San Antonio, TX in October of 2011. Since I started, I have shared in a great cultural melting pot here at ELS. Helping to bridge the cultural differences in our international student populations and develop a sense of community and belonging amongst the students.
Somar is originally from the Middle East. After coming to America at the age of 8,he decided to become an instructor/teacher as his grandfather and parents were .He received his BA in 1998 in English Education and then pursued his preliminary Masters in “ A Linguistic Study of the Difference Between American and British English “. He has been teaching English as a second language for 14 years.
At the time he was working for the American Embassy in Sana’a-Yemen, at YALI (Yemen American Language Institute), he was chosen by the International TESOL Committee to give a presentation in the American University in Cairo – Egypt in “Teaching Audio-Visual Aids in Rural Areas.” Somar is also a certified IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Examiner. At the time being, he is an instructor and IELTS Administrator here at 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.
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.
San Antonio is the home of the fantastic Spurs NBA team. ELS students get special access to discounted tickets for amazing seats. This game, the Spurs played the Sacremento Kings. It was very close and exciting!
Our administration and staff introduced the ELS students to the feasting holiday of American Thanksgiving. Everyone had plenty of American classics to eat, but students also contributed foods from their own cultures.
In association with our host institution, ELS San Antonio hosted a intercultural dialogue event at WorldFest for International Education Week. Students from all over the world met and discussed differences and similarities in their cultures.
For the next few sessions, we have some very special conversation meet ups scheduled. A World Literature class from our host institution wants to learn different cultural perspectives on love and romance. Of course, all the students are enthusiastic to share their views.