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San Antonio, TX

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
Tel.: (210) 283-5077
On the campus of: University of the Incarnate Word
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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

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 15
Bank 7
Downtown Area 15
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 1
Shopping Mall/Outlet 20
Supermarket 5
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

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2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

Student Residence Student Residence Bedroom Student Dorm Room Student Dorm Lounge

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 ( 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 $800
Occupancy Double, Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $155
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 $845
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 14
Airport Pickup $155
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

ELS Building ELS Entrance Campus Building ELS Computer Lab Ann Barshop Natatorium City of San Antonio Host Institution ELS Building Newly Renovated Student Center ELS San Antonio- Gymnasium Newly Renovated Student Center Marian Hall Cafeteria Student Center Game Room The Famous San Antonio Riverwalk ELS San Antonio- Incarnate Word Campus
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Only some 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

Erin Melton

Erin Melton

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!

Vivian Garcia

Vivian Garcia

Homestay Coordinator

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.

- Ayumi Murakami

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

April 8, 2014

One of the great features of San Antonio is the many family friendly amusement parks in the area. Our center took a trip to the thrill-filled Six Flags Fiesta Texas!

Festival of Colors

April 8, 2014

This session, ELS San Antonio partnered with our host institution, University of the Incarnate Word, to present the Festival of Colors. It was a multicultural celebration that included the Holi Festival tradition of "throwing colors." Current ELS students and ELS alumni showed up to help run fun and informational booths and enjoy the fun activities, Fair Trade vendors, and food trucks!

San Antonio Rodeo

March 26, 2014

One of the biggest annual events in San Antonio is the Rodeo and Stock Show. The event features bull riding, horse-riding tricks, concerts, a carnival, and lots of farm animals!

Graduation 2

March 26, 2014

Every session we recognize our advancing and outstanding students with a graduation ceremony.

Happy Year of the Horse!

February 11, 2014

ELS welcomed the Year of the Horse this February! Asian students shared traditions and customs from their home cultures and other students loved learning about them!

NBA Game

February 11, 2014

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!

Graduation Session 14

January 14, 2014

Every session we recognize our advancing and outstanding students with a graduation ceremony.

Happy Holidays from ELS San Antonio

January 14, 2014

Our host institution, University of the Incarnate Word, is famous for their beautiful Christmas lights. Our center decided to contribute by decorating our windows for the season!

Gingerbread Decorating Party

January 14, 2014

Students got in the holiday spirit decorating gingerbread cookies!

Graduation Session 13

January 14, 2014

Every session we recognize our advancing and outstanding students with a graduation ceremony.

Thanksgiving Potluck

December 11, 2013

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.


December 8, 2013

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.

Graduation Session 12

December 8, 2013

Every session we recognize our advancing and outstanding students with a graduation ceremony.

Halloween Event Part 2

November 1, 2013

We combined our Final Thursday event with a Halloween Party! It was a "spook-tacular" time!

Halloween Event Part 1

November 1, 2013

We combined our Final Thursday event with a Halloween Party! It was a "spook-tacular" time!


October 31, 2013

ELS San Antonio was visited by a group of cute, little trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition where children dress up in costumes and go out asking for candy.

Conversation Outing

October 24, 2013

We moved conversation club off campus this week, to a nearby cupcake shop! Yum!

13th Floor Haunted House Trip

October 24, 2013

During the season of Halloween, spooky haunted house attraction pop up all over downtown. These are sources of entertainment for Americans that are meant to fright and delight!

Session 10 Graduation

October 24, 2013

Every session we recognize our advancing and outstanding students with a graduation ceremony.


ELS at the University of the Incarnate Word

ELS at the University of the Incarnate Word

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

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ELS Student Newsletter - August 2013

ELS Student Newsletter - August 2013

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Session 4 Calendar

Session 4 Calendar

This session, San Antonio is celebrating its annual citywide festival known as Fiesta! There are over 100 Fiesta events during the two-week extravaganza and over 3.5 million people come out to celebrate! We will be hitting up two of the biggest and well-loved events: Alamo Heights Night and Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square.

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