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
"In Japan, I learned English, now I know English. The classes are serious, fun, and exciting. "
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
2013 Temporary Summer Meal Adjustments ONLY applicable to Sessions 6, 7, 8 and 9:
\*The full-service cafeteria at the University of St. Thomas will close after week one of Session 6, on May 24th.
\*ELS St. Paul will charge for room only for Sessions 7 and 8, and for the two sessions that include one week of the meal plan (Sessions 6 and Session 9).
\*During the summer months, students may still purchase breakfast, lunch, and dinner at alternate locations on campus Monday - Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturdays.
\*Additionally, there are several fast food and full-service restaurants within a 10-minute walk from the center, where students can purchase dinner on Saturday and all meals on Sunday or anytime, as an alternative to the on-campus facilities.
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
$1450 - 1465
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)
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.
During session 10 Students went on several fun activities in Minnesota. Two of the highlights were the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and a trip to Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard. We went to Shakopee, MN for the Renaissance Festival where students had the opportunity to experience a joust, artisans, and meet make believe princesses and knights! The apple orchard was a traditional Minnesota autumn activity. Students rode in a tractor-pulled wagon through the orchard to pick apples, sampled fresh apple mini doughnuts and apple cider, and were able to see how the orchard prepared its apple to sell.