In the USA:

ELS Language Centers in the USA is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) – a national accrediting agency listed by the US Secretary of Education. ELS schools are approved to offer the following programmes: Intensive Programmes, Semi-Intensive Programmes, Complete Prep Programmes for the TOEFL® iBT, the American Explorer Programmes, Business English Programmes, CELTA and Special Programmes. This school is authorised under Federal law to enrol non-immigrant alien students.


Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

ELS Educational Services, Inc. has been certified by AIRC (the American International Recruitment Council), an organisation ensuring that International Student Recruitment agencies are providing a level of professional service, specialised knowledge and integrity that is in keeping with what is expected by U.S. accredited colleges, universities and related postsecondary institutions. ELS is a founding institutional member of the AIRC and one of the first organisations to be certified.


American International Recruitment Council

In Canada:

Canadian locations and programmes accredited by Languages Canada


Languages Canada

In Australia:

ELS/Universal English College in Sydney, Australia

Universal Education Centre Pty. Ltd. CRICOS Code: 00053


NEAS Australia

Professional Memberships

ELS Language Centers and its staff are members of:


American Association of Intensive English Programs


Association of International Education Administrators


Association of International Educators


English Australia


American International Recruitment Council


Association of Language Travel Organisations

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education


The Bureau’s purpose, which is within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, is to regulate private postsecondary educational institutions that provide educational services in California. Any questions a student may have regarding their enrolment that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, CA 95833; P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818


Telephone: (888) 370-7589

Fax: (916) 263-1897

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's website

2016 ELS Annual Report

2017 ELS California Catalog

Performance Fact Sheet - Berkeley

Performance Fact Sheet - Hollywood

Performance Fact Sheet - La Verne

Performance Fact Sheet - San Diego

Performance Fact Sheet - San Francisco Downtown

Performance Fact Sheet - San Francisco North Bay

Performance Fact Sheet - Santa Monica

Performance Fact Sheet - Silicon Valley

Performance Fact Sheet - Thousand Oaks

Refund Policy - California Centers

ELS Language Centers is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Any complaints against ELS Language Centers in Illinois (Chicago, Romeoville, DeKalb) may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education at the following address:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Attn: Student Complaint Division
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 33
Springfield, IL 62701