Center Update

Students, staff and faculty at the University of St. Thomas – Houston are encouraged to be vaccinated for in-person instruction. Unvaccinated students and staff are required to wear masks, practice social distancing and will undergo regular screening and testing. ELS students can receive free vaccinations in the community on arrival!

About This Center

Students get a real glimpse of Southern charm and hospitality when they take English classes in Houston. America’s fourth-largest city, Houston is a cosmopolitan melting pot known for its cultural diversity. It’s filled with world-class dining – including many award-winning restaurants – plus art, shopping, and a museum district.

ELS/Houston is located close to the beautiful University of St. Thomas – Houston campus. It borders the museum district. Students can enjoy weekend visits to the NASA Space Center, sun-drenched Gulf of Mexico beaches, and more.

Learn English in Houston

ELS Houston is situated close to the University of St. Thomas - Houston. While not located on the campus, ELS students do enjoy access to campus facilities, including athletic, library and dining facilities. ELS students obtain student ID card for the university, allowing them to easily access the facilities.

Upon successful completion of ELS Level 112, you will fulfill the English language entry requirement for conditional admission to the University of St. Thomas, as well as additional nearby partner colleges and universities.


IELTS Testing Available

This location is an IELTS testing center. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in over 140 countries. Thousands of universities accept the IELTS as proof of English proficiency as an admissions requirement.

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ELS Houston Facilities

  • Basketball court
  • Cafeteria
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Computer lab
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking at Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Library
  • Music practice rooms
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
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English Language Center Houston, Texas

Housing Options



Students are placed in single occupancy rooms and might share a bathroom. Travel time to and from homestays varies, but it usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes via Houston’s metro bus system. Homestay students are responsible for their own transportation.

Cost per Session: $1,052

Occupancy: Single

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week

Minimum Age Requirements:

  • Student Residence: 18
  • Homestay: 16
  • No ELS Housing: 16


Student Residence (off campus)

Greenbriar Park is in the safe neighborhood of Upper Kirby/River Oaks in the Greenway Plaza business complex, a short walk from ELS Houston. Students enjoy an apartment community surrounded by historic oak trees, peaceful gardens, lavishly landscaped courtyards, manicured yards, and resort-style amenities. Dining and entertainment are just minutes away, including The Galleria, which is the 4th largest shopping mall in the U.S.

Amenities include:

  • Four lounging swimming pools
  • Poolside WiFi
  • Two-level fitness center
  • Coffee lounge with WiFi
  • Business center

Cost per Session: $900

Occupancy: Double deluxe

Meal Credits: Meals not included


Great Things to See and Do in Houston

NASA Johnson Space Center: Learn about NASA’s manned space flight program through exhibits, presentations, and hands-on activities.

Moody Gardens: Visit one of the largest aquariums in the world, observe tropical animals and plants, and learn from science-focused exhibits.

Galveston Beaches: Enjoy the beautiful, scenic shoreline of Galveston Island.

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