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.
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ELS/St. Paul is situated on the University of St. Thomas - Minnesota campus. It is in a residential area close to downtown St. Paul – Minneapolis. The two cities have a reputation for safety, cleanliness and low-cost living in a friendly Midwestern environment. The Mall of America retail complex is close by.
Campus Facility Use
The Mall of America (largest mall in the USA)
Downtown cultural attractions & shopping
Outdoor recreation at local parks and lakes (biking, hiking, skiing, ice skating)
Well-known corporations (e.g. 3M & General Mills) are nearby
Shared typical on campus dorm room. Shared hallway bathrooms. Rooms include bed, dresser, desk and refrigerator. Linens are also included. Self-service laundry machines are available in the same dormitory building for a small fee.
Security: All buildings are secure. There is one resident assistant for each floor or wing (1 per approx. 40 students).
Price per Session
Meals / week or Meal Credit
19 meals per week
Homestays in the area(Homestay)
Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students arrive at the campus by bus. Some families are close and provide bicycles for our students. Some families are within walking distance of the campus.
Price per Session
Meals / week or Meal Credit
16 meals per week
Swimming pool (indoor)
Language Technology Center (LTC)
Music practice room(s)
Meet the Staff
Kari Fletcher is the new Center Director at St. Paul ELS since October 2012. Kari has an MA in International Management and is CELTA certified. She has worked in non profit management and higher education for over 10 years. She has also taught English in China and has lived in Spain, Paraguay, and the UK. She loves traveling, exploring cultural diversity, and spending time in the outdoors.
Margaret Pederson has an M. ED in TESOL from Seattle University, a TEFL Certificate from Hamline University and has taught English all over the world. She most recently taught in China, before that in Brazil, France, and Japan. She loves to travel and just returned from Turkey.
Margaret is particularly good at curriculum development and at coaching students on ways they can best work on their English skills. She started at ELS/St. Paul in April, 2011.
International Student Advisor
Megan worked as the International Student Advisor at the ELS in Michigan before returning to her home state of Minnesota in December 2012. Before working for ELS Megan studied abroad in Asia twice, hosted an exchange student, taught English in Japan for 2 ½ years, and traveled internationally with her French fiancé. Now as the International Student Advisor, she enjoys building friendships with students, aiding students with visa questions, and loves introducing the students to new and exciting things as they explore Minnesota together.
In August Ruth celebrated 20 years as Registrar at ELS St Paul. Besides her tasks as Registrar, Ruth handles homestay and residence hall housing for St Paul students. Students enjoy visiting with Ruth and often stop by her office to practice speaking English.
Emily earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and is one of the newer additions to the St. Paul team. She is an enthusiast for all things artistic and linguistic. She loves to learn, explore, and share. A St. Paul native, she hopes to help our students discover the vibrant and dynamic culture of the Twin Cities.
June 18, 2012
First of all, I have had one of the best times in my life at ELS, Saint Paul/MN. I could learn a lot with my teachers who helped me to improve my English skills since level 102. In addition, the international student advisor and the director gave me some opportunities to know the American life outside of ELS with its activities and their advice.
ELS has good support to help students to improve their English in the US. Because of this, I finished ELS in 11 months. To do this I put my mind in the US and studied hard to be done at ELS. I’m glad that my company in Brazil sent me to ELS, Saint Paul to have a chance to learn English. I would like to say thanks to all my teachers, the staff, and the international student advisors that I’ve had at ELS in Minnesota. You could come to ELS to have one of the best experiences in your life!
Cliff C. Nsubuga, Uganda
August 10, 2009
ELS is an immensely fun experience for anyone who wants to learn English and interact with different cultures.