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 staff is always available for any requests, to encourage you and help students achieve their academic or professional goals."
ELS/St. Paul is situated on the University of St. Thomas - Minnesota campus, located on the riverfront between St. Paul and Minneapolis. The University holds classes in both a residential area of St. Paul, as well as on the downtown campus of Minneapolis, and students are transported by a private shuttle bus to either campus. The unique ability to explore two campus locations provides students with a greater diversity of activities and opportunities. 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
UST-Koch Commons NOT available for 2014 Sessions 6, 7 & half of 8(Student Residence (On Campus))
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).
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)
Center is handicapped accessible
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
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
Emily is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in International Business and a minor in German. She studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and traveled to several countries in Europe during her studies. Before coming to ELS St. Paul, Emily worked at the University of St. Thomas’s International Student Services office for 2 years. A lifelong resident of St. Paul, she loves talking about Minnesota and the Twin Cities. She enjoys the local music scene, traveling and showing students fun things to do in Minnesota.
In August, Ruth celebrated 25 years as Registrar at ELS St Paul. Besides her tasks as Registrar, Ruth coordinates residence hall housing for St Paul students. Students enjoy visiting with Ruth and often stop by her office to practice speaking English.
July 23, 2013
Studying abroad in the United States and starting classes at a new school is not easy, but starting to study at ELS language center gave us the opportunity to have a great experience, to communicate and share our culture with our classmate. Also studying there gave us an advantage to have international friends. We were like a big family supporting and helping each other. Moreover, I would like to thank ELS staff for their hard work to help us to improve our reading, writing and speaking skills.
June 19, 2013
It's hard for people to adjust to a new country, community, and culture. However, ELS became our family that helped us to not be sad; it's like our family that made us confident. It helped us not to be invisible. Thanks to all ELS staff who treated us as their brothers and sisters. Campus is like my house garden, I feel comfortable when I walk around it. Everyone is smiling; no one looks sad or angry. It makes us feel as if we're in our home country.
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.
Students took a evening boat cruise on a lovely summer night down the St. Croix river in between Minnesota and Wisconsin. We had so much fun having a taco feast, dancing to fiesta music, and making new friends while enjoying the beautiful scenery!
We took a trip up to Taylors Falls, MN to spend the afternoon racing go-karts, swimming, and riding the slides at Wild Mountain. In the winter Wild Mountain is a ski resort, but in the summer it transforms into a summer fun playground!
ELS Students spent a rainy afternoon riding roller coasters, other rides and shopping at the Mall of America: Nickelodeon Universe! The Mall of America has its own indoor theme park with 3 roller coasters, ferris wheel, carousel, and many, many more rides!
Two of our students and ELS St. Paul's ISA joined with students from UST to volunteer at a low income housing unit in Minneapolis. We prepared the walls of the building for painting and made some new friends!
Students went on an Easter egg hunt around our building and the winner (Seok Jin) received a giant chocolate bunny! Then students dyed Easter eggs and learned a little about the United States Easter traditions, such as hiding eggs, Easter baskets and Peeps!
ELS Students explored the Minnesota History Museum one afternoon. They learned about the history of Minnesota from Iron Mining in the north, the Native American tribes that live here, the evolution of the Twin cities and the lives of immigrants who have relocated to MN. There was also an exciting exhibit about "The Greatest Generation" who lived during World War II and got to see a lovely view of Downtown St. Paul while out on the History Center Terrace.