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St. Paul, MN

2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Tel.: (651)962-5990
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of St. Thomas - Minnesota
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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

Fast Facts - St. Paul

Fast Facts - St. Paul

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 10 to 15
Bank 10
Downtown Area 10 to 15
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 10 to 15
Shopping Mall/Outlet 15 to 20
Supermarket 15 to 20
Bus Stop/Subway 5








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2015 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD

Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Student Residence Room St. Paul Dorm Room Inside a Dorm Room Dormitory Lounge space

UST-Koch Commons(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).

Price per Session $1465
Occupancy Double, Double, Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $150
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 $1050
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $150
Meals / week or Meal Credit
16 meals per week

ELS Building St. Thomas Building Campus Library University Campus On Campus with students Aerial View of the Campus Mississippi River with Minneapolis in the background ELS and University of St. Thomas Downtown Minneapolis Campus Anderson Student Center Facility University of St. Thomas Mississippi River view
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • 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

Kari Fletcher

Kari Fletcher

Center Director

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

Margaret Pederson

Academic Director

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.

Emily Leininger

Emily Leininger

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.

Ruth Appleton

Ruth Appleton


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.


March 19, 2015


“I couldn’t speak when I first came to the US to study English. My ELS classes gave me the confidence to learn and speak English well so that I could attend college here. I learned a lot from both my Teachers as well as my classmates. The Reading and Writing classes, as well as the Research class, helped prepare me for the Business Plan I had to create in the class I am now taking at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.” – Shun


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.

-Muhannad,Saudi Arabia


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.

-Bader,Saudi Arabia


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.

- Cliff C. Nsubuga

Session 11 Activity: Halloween Party!

December 1, 2014

Students, Teachers and Staff had a great time dressing up for Halloween and having a party! We carved pumpkins, had our own scary laboratory and danced to the limbo!

Session 10 Activities!

November 7, 2014

For Session 10 we went to an apple orchard, a corn maze and ValleyScare (not pictured)! Lots of fall themed fun in Minnesota!

Session 10 Activities!

November 7, 2014

For Session 10 we went to an apple orchard, a corn maze and ValleyScare (not pictured)! Lots of fall themed fun in Minnesota!


ELS at the University of St. Thomas

ELS at the University of St. Thomas

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

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Fast Facts - St. Paul

Fast Facts - St. Paul

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Session 3 Calendar!

Session 3 Calendar!

Session 3 Calendar!

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