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Tacoma, WA

1101 South Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
Tel.: 253-680-7284
On the campus of: Bates Technical College
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ELS/Tacoma is located on the friendly, downtown campus of Bates Technical College. Tacoma is situated 50 kilometers south of Seattle, along the shores of Commencement Bay, at the foot of Mount Rainier. It is home to many cultural attractions, restaurants and parks. Tacoma also is a gateway to popular activities, including skiing, hiking and whale-watching.

  • Day trips to Mount Rainier National Park, Seattle, Olympia and more
  • Active Cultural Scene (museums, theaters, festivals and art)
  • Free membership to YMCA Fitness Center
  • Campus Facility Use

Fast Facts – Tacoma

Fast Facts – Tacoma

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30
Bank 15
Post Office 15
Shopping Mall/Outlet 25
Supermarket 15
Movie Theater 12
Library 5
Pharmacy 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

Business English

Communicate with Confidence in Business

2014 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Celta Certificate Program

Jump-start your career as an English as a Second Language teaching professional!

2014 Cost Per Session
$2550 USD

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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students use the convenient public bus system provided by Pierce Transit.

Price per Session $925
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $155
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Court 17 Apartments(Student Residence (Off Campus))

The apartment-style dormitories comprise two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, desks, and in-unit washer and dryer. There is a maximum of four students per apartment, with two students sharing a bedroom. Apartments have controlled access entry. Additionally, the Court 17 complex boasts a beautifully landscaped communal courtyard with BBQ and outdoor seating, as well as a community room equipped with a full kitchen and fireplace. There is also a 24 hour fitness room and conference room which students can use free of charge. Wi-Fi access and cable TV is provided in each ELS apartment. Students clean their room/apartments during their stay. There is no dorm resident assistant.

Price per Session $780
Occupancy Double Deluxe, Double Deluxe
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $155
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

Vue 25 Apartments (CELTA students only)(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Situated a 15 minute walk from ELS Tacoma, Vue 25 is a high-end apartment complex with a variety of great amenities. The 1-bedroom apartments available to your students and are fully furnished. \* DOUBLE occupancy per room \* Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, and plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby. \* Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, theater room, 24-hour club room and state-of-the-art fitness club, washer and dryer in each unit and outdoor courtyards.

Price per Session $975
Occupancy Double Deluxe - 2 students placed in bedroom of 1 bedroom apartment units.
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $155
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included; each unit has a fully equipped kitchen.

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  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • 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

Jean Sauvion

Jean Sauvion

Center Director

With nearly 20 years of experience in international education, Jean has taught overseas in the UK, France, Italy and Poland, and has travelled extensively. She holds multiple credentials in Teaching English as a Second Language, and has worked most recently as Academic Director at ELS Seattle. Her experience in the industry coupled with her in-house knowledge of ELS Educational Services, makes her the perfect choice to launch ELS Tacoma. Jean loves living in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys hiking in the Cascades, the local arts scene, and discovering new places to explore.

Heather Woods

Heather Woods

Academic Director

Heather joins the ELS Tacoma team, having taught at ELS Seattle since 2008, where she proved herself to be an excellent teacher, as well as part-time IELTS Administrator. With her rich experience in teaching and exam preparation, we are fortunate to have Heather as the Academic Director at ELS Tacoma. She holds a MEd. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Seattle University, and a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington. Heather enjoys seeing the world, and has travelled in the French Antilles, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. On weekends, Heather likes to keep active and can most likely be found kickboxing, dancing, or outdoors enjoying the great Pacific Northwest.


February 25, 2014


I really like ELS Tacoma. It's a really good school. The ambiance is great, they have a lot of extra-curricular things. The teachers are very nice. It is a very good opportunity to learn English.



October 4, 2013


The advantages of ELS are many. In this gifted chance, I'll mention these good things. The staff is always pushing students to speak English, even during the breaks. They help students with their private issues, and they always have interesting events and trips during the weekends.



May 13, 2013


ELS is a really good school. It will help you to learn English very fast. If you would like to learn English, you should choose ELS Tacoma.

-Ali,Saudi Arabia


April 12, 2013


Hi my name is Seungyeon Jang. I am from South Korea. Why did I choose the ELS TACOMA center? I found a quiet place where I can concentrate on studying. Also, I love rainy weather. Tacoma’s weather is very nice. It is rainy but not humid. Also Three day is rainy, Three day is sunny in a week. However, I thought about TACOMA before I came here. Tacoma Will let me experience the United States?. Because Tacoma seemed to be a very small town. However, my expectations were off. There was Mt. Rainier in Seattle, and Portland nearby Tacoma. Also there is the teacher who was born and raised in Tacoma, that way took me to many places after school. We have a lot of extracurricular activities Museum of Glass, Downtown tour, such as bowling tournament. Also, I met good people. Good teachers, advisers, and students. This gave me a lot of influence. If I could not meet like these people, I might transfer to another center. So, I cannot forget this experience and people. I love Tacoma.

-Seungyeon,South Korea


April 8, 2013


I changed ELS centers because of closing of my ex-center. But choosing Tacoma is my decision. I have heard that Seattle and Tacoma are two of the most beautiful towns in America. I wanted to study in the lively town like Tacoma. Actually, Tacoma is wonderful! Convenient bus network, beautiful scenery, moderate climate, and awesome ELS! I suppose ELS Tacoma focuses on conversation. Teachers lead students to participate in their class actively and make a great effort to make an enjoyable class. Plus, teachers help students get along well. Therefore both classes and activities are really fun! I love ELS Tacoma! Thank you for a splendid experience!


Birthday Break

April 14, 2014

ELS Tacoma takes a break from the morning madness to wish a happy birthday to all our April babies with coffee and doughnuts!

Bowling Night!

April 14, 2014

Out on the town at Narrows Plaza Bowl for a fun evening of bowling!

After school soccer game!

March 12, 2014

ELS students headed for the local park to play the first soccer game of the season!

ELS Tacoma Session 2 Graduation!

March 5, 2014

ELS Tacoma students and staff gathered to celebrate those students moving on to new levels!

ELS Tacoma Valentine's Day Party!

February 19, 2014

ELS Tacoma students and staff gathered to celebrate Valentine's Day with candy, cards, and, of course, a giant Teddy Bear!

January 2014 Graduation!

February 5, 2014

ELS students and staff gathered on Lunar New Year to say goodbye to graduating students and celebrate other students' achievements.

ELS Tacoma's Super Bowl Spectacular!

January 31, 2014

In preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII, ELS Tacoma staff taught students the rules of American football!

ELS visits the Lemay Car Museum

January 30, 2014

ELS students visited Tacoma's own Lemay Auto Museum!

Day Trip to Seattle

January 13, 2014

ELS Tacoma students braved the cold, wind, and rain to spend the day in downtown Seattle.

Friday Birthday Celebration!

January 10, 2014

ELS Tacoma Students celebrated this session's student and staff birthdays with juice, doughnuts, muffins and other sweets!

Session 13 Graduation!

January 9, 2014

Students and staff gathered to celebrate achievements and say goodbye to our departing students!

ELS Tacoma Welcomes the New Year!

December 31, 2013

ELS students and staff celebrated the end of 2013 and the New Year with some non-alcoholic apple cider and lots of good cheer!

Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2013

ELS Tacoma staff and students wish you all the very best for the holiday season!

Ice Skating!

December 20, 2013

ELS Tacoma students and staff braved the cold to get on the ice at Tacoma's Polar Plaza.

Halloween Party!

November 4, 2013

ELS Tacoma students and staff gather for a lunchtime party to celebrate Halloween!

Haunted House!

October 28, 2013

ELS Tacoma students visit a local haunted house to get into the spirit of Halloween!

Session 10 Graduation!

October 28, 2013

Students and staff gathered to celebrate achievements and say goodbye to our departing students

Boeing Tour

October 23, 2013

ELS Tacoma students visit the Boeing-Everett plant and Future of Flight Museum


ELS and Bates Educational Pathways

ELS and Bates Educational Pathways

Admission Information for Applying to Bates Through ELS

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ELS Tacoma at Bates Overview

ELS Tacoma at Bates Overview

Overview with Photos of ELS Tacoma

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ELS Tacoma Center Profile with Photos

ELS Tacoma Center Profile with Photos

Profile of ELS Tacoma and Bates Technical College with photos

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Fast Facts – Tacoma

Fast Facts – Tacoma

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Local Area Guide - Tacoma

Local Area Guide - Tacoma

Local Area Map, including ELS Center, YMCA, Cooperative Schools, Places of Interest, Cafes and Restaurants

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Tri-Fold - ELS Tacoma

Tri-Fold - ELS Tacoma

ELS Tacoma on the Campus of Bates Technical College

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