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Teaneck, NJ

1000 River Road, Robison Hall, 4th Floor
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel.: (201) 907-0004
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Fairleigh Dickinson University [Metropolitan Campus]
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ELS/Teaneck is situated on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, a short distance from the city center. Just 30 minutes from the excitement of New York City, Teaneck is located in a beautiful and safe area. Teaneck’s ethnically diverse community is a welcoming environment for international students.

  • Campus Facility Use
  • New York City’s cultural and historical attractions, shopping, restaurants and nightlife
  • Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC are easy to reach for possible weekend trips

Fast Facts - Teaneck

Fast Facts - Teaneck

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 25-60
Bank 30
Downtown Area 5
Post Office 30
Restaurant(s) 2
Shopping Mall/Outlet 5
Supermarket 5
Bus Stop/Subway 10








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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

Teaneck- Housing Building Teaneck- Dorm Room Teaneck Game Room

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Students use a bus to come to school, which usually includes a transfer at the Hackensack bus terminal.

Price per Session $1040
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $220 - 270
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Linden 8(Student Residence (On Campus))

Shared on campus dorm room. Shared suite-style bathrooms. Rooms include bed, desk, lamp, dresser, closet and micro-fridge (combined microwave and small refrigerator). Linens are also included. Students clean their own rooms during their stay. Laundry room is available in the same building (free usage). Security: Building locked at all times. Front door is accessed with swipe card. Rooms are accessed with a key. There are 2 resident assistants: 1 male & 1 female.
Important - Students must be prepared to complete health forms prior to arrival. See Arrival Details section for more details.
Summer dorm price is in effect during Sessions 6, 7, 8

Price per Session $1270 - 1360
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $220 - 270
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

ELS located within this building Teaneck: Business Building Teaneck Library Students Hanging Out Walking Path around Teaneck Teaneck Building with Flags Teaneck Fitness Center New York City Central Park New York City Skyline
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • 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

Meri Petkovska

Meri Petkovska

Academic Director

My journey at ELS-Teaneck began as an Instructional specialist before moving on to become the Academic Director. I received my Bachelors of Art in English Language and Literature from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia and a Masters of Art in Applied Linguistics, ESL Concentration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA. I love learning new languages and travelling. Born and raised in Macedonia, I was exposed to English, French,Spanish, Portuguese, and all the Balkan languages. I am a native speaker of Macedonian and I can understand and be conversant to some degree in all the above-mentioned languages. As an English as a second language learner myself; I can truly understand the needs of our students.

John Tello

John Tello

International Student Advisor

As the newest addition to the ELS-Teaneck team, I am happy to serve as the International Student Advisor. I am a native New Jersey resident and enjoy serving my community by mentoring youth on and off the basketball court. I am a graduate of Felician College where I was granted with a full scholarship to play basketball. Through this experience, I learned the true essence of leadership. I am delighted to work with students from around the world, and I look forward to learning from each of them.

Joelle Graham

Joelle Graham


My journey started here in 1989 as a Clerical staff member at the Language Institute for English in Rutherford, NJ. Through our many transitions the one thing that remains constant is my enjoyment for the students in which we serve. As one of the first staff members on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University-Teaneck I currently serve as the centers Registrar. In my role, I am responsible for handling all student accounts receivables and payable duties in addition to maintaining the centers financial records and performing administrative duties. In my spare time, I enjoy movies on the big screen and going to the spa.

Kristine Krieg

Kristine Krieg

IELTS Administrator

Hi and Welcome! I am Kristine Krieg, the IELTS Administrator here in ELS/Teaneck. I graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in History, Economics, Political Science and Philosophy and later earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Montclair State University. I began working at ELS as an instructor in 2011 after spending time teaching English and lecturing on topics in American History at Jeju University in South Korea. Currently I manage our IELTS testing center here, helping our students reach their goals, fulfill their dreams. I am excited to meet the new students who choose to come to New Jersey—a great state where I have lived most of my life!

Anne Arauz

Anne Arauz

Homestay Coordinator

Welcome to ELS-Teaneck! I am Anne Arauz. I have been placing international students into American homestay families at ELS for the past 12 years. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and received my degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading and practicing yoga.

Joe Rosal

Joe Rosal

Administrative Assistant

I am delighted to be part of ELS since 2010. Having taught History in New Jersey’s public schools for 10 years, I came to ELS with the aim of helping international students become proficient in the English language. Currently, I serve as the Administrative Assistant. Other than English, I am fluent in Tagalog, and literate in Spanish and have some reading competency in Italian, Portuguese, and French. I have lived in the Philippines, Singapore, Spain and the states of Hawai’i, California and Connecticut before settling down in the Garden State, New Jersey! Travel and cultures are two things that are secondary to my real passion which is teaching. I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from Rutgers University. My ultimate goal is to someday earn a doctorate in Global Studies with Colonization and Decolonization as my specialty.

ELS Students Speak - About Family Legacy with ELS

August 15, 2011

Thiago Barros, Brazil

September 17, 2009

I decided to come to ELS Teaneck because I have family living near the center. At first, I was a little worried – new school, new teachers, new house, and new country. However, my first day here, I felt something special. I love the teachers, the new friends from different countries, the trips to New York, the parties for new students. I feel like these “new” people are like a family. If you need help, they help you. I f you have a problem; they do everything to solve it. The most important thing is they really know how to improve your English. I suggest that everyone come here and see how great this family is!

- Thiago Barros

Halloween 2015

November 12, 2015

Due to the Halloween season, we encouraged our students to come in on October 30th dressed in their Halloween attire. We had witches, ninja turtles and many more great costumes! Students left the center with a goodie bag of candy and a better understanding of Halloween here in the United States. Here are some photo's from that day!

The United Nations Academic Impact Forum

November 10, 2015

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility. Our center was fortunate to be invited to one of the conversation series held last month titled "The United Nations at Seventy: Some Reflections". Our students truly enjoyed the experience and here are some photos from the event!

Freedom Tower- Observatory Deck

October 2, 2015

The newly-built Freedom Tower in New York City recently openned up their Observatory Deck and ELS-Teaneck made it's way up to the top! The Freedom Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the views from above are stunning. With a 360 degree deck, you are able to take in the dazzling views of New Jersey, New York, and also part of Connecticut. Here are some photos!

New York Yankee Game

September 11, 2015

Here at ELS-Teaneck, we strongly support the New York Yankees! Unfortunately, the Yankees lost 5-4 against the Baltimore Orioles in extra innings but the lively environment made it a great game to watch. Here are some photo%27s from the event!

The United Nations- Many Languages One World Forum-

August 12, 2015

Our Masters level students were invited to the Many Languages, One World Forum which was held inside the General Assembly Hall located at the United Nations. ELS students had an opportunity to listen to proposals presented by essay contest winners on themes relevant to the post-2015 global development agenda. The proposals were presented in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. It was a great experience for our students and here are some photos from the event!

Broadway Show- On the Town

July 28, 2015

Our students enjoy heading into the New York City for Broadway shows. During this trip, we had a chance to watch the On the Town show which was full of excitement and comedy! Here are some photos from that day!


July 1, 2015

On a Friday afternoon, ELS student's traveled to the local bowling alley to enjoy unlimited bowling! Here are some pictures from the event!

International Day June 2015

June 15, 2015

Once again, our annual International Day was a big hit here at ELS-Teaneck! It is a day when students and staff members bring in a taste of their culture for everyone at the center to enjoy. Main dishes, soup, desserts, and beverages are served for all to try and this year, a few of our students presented a short film that they had been working on for sometime now. Here are some photos from the event!

Contact America- Visit from the Mayor!

June 5, 2015

This session, our Masters level students are learning about political power and influence in world politics. To enhance their learning experience regarding political power, we had the mayor from the Village of Ridgefield Park, NJ visit our center to speak to our students about how the town is governed amongst 5 board of commissioners through the implementation of a commissioner government model. Here are some photos from that day!


2016 ELS/Teaneck Application

2016 ELS/Teaneck Application

2016 ELS/Teaneck Center Application

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ELS at Fairleigh Dickinson University

ELS at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Teaneck 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 - Teaneck

Fast Facts - Teaneck

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Session 12B. 15 Activities Calendar

Session 12B. 15 Activities Calendar

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than introducing Thanksgiving to our students? Teachers and staff will bring in home-cooked meals we share with our family and friends during the holiday and share it would our students. Students are also encourage to bring in their home countries cuisines to share with the center and celebrate International Education Week 2015. Other activities this session include shopping at the Woodbury Commons Outlets and ice skating at Bryant Park in NYC!

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Session 3B Activities Calendar

Session 3B Activities Calendar

Here is what we have planned for Session 3B here at ELS- Teaneck!

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Session 4B Calendar

Session 4B Calendar

Here is what we have planned at our center for Session 4B! Happy Spring!

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