Center update

The ELS Philadelphia center is moving to online instruction effective Monday, November 23 as a result of the new "Safer at Home" restrictions announced by the City due to increases in COVID-19 cases. ELS Philadelphia will provide the exact same program online as in person (same classes, teachers, contact hours, but delivered online) until we can resume in-person classes.

New students who are supposed to arrive to start classes on Monday, December 7th have a few options:

  • Move your studies to any one of the 7 other centers in the US for in-person classes
  • Remain in your home country, connect with the online classes given by ELS Philadelphia (8:30 AM – 3:50 PM) GMT and enter the US for in-person studies starting on January 4th, 2021
  • Start your program in the ELS online ION+ program (classes begin at 7:00am & 11:00am EST) until in-person classes resume in Philadelphia
  • Defer your studies until January, ELS will update the date on your I-20 for start in classes on Monday, January 4th, 2021

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About This Center

Close to downtown Philadelphia on the stunning, suburban campus of Saint Joseph’s University, English Language Center Philadelphia is located in the fifth-largest city in the country. Popular for its historical sites, the city attracts nearly 40 million visitors per year.

Using the city’s extensive public transportation system, students can enjoy Philadelphia’s culture, iconic sights, professional sports, dining, shopping, and entertainment. When students are not studying English courses in Philadelphia, they can visit tourist attractions, historical sights, food markets, bars, and artistic and cultural attractions.

Learn English at Saint Joseph’s University

The nationally recognized private Saint Joseph’s University offers more than 40 academic majors, including some top ranked programs such as Marketing. ELS students have complete access to the campus facilities, which include both academic and non-academic offerings. Whether it’s using the modern computer labs for extra studying or going for a swim in the indoor pool, this institution offers it all.

Upon successful completion of ELS Level 112, you will fulfill the English language entry requirement for conditional admission to Saint Joseph’s University, 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 Philadelphia | Saint Joseph’s University Facilities

  • Baseball field
  • Basketball court
  • Cafeteria
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Computer lab
  • Fee for parking at University
  • Fitness center
  • Gymnasium
  • Library
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • Soccer field
  • Student Health Center
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
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English Language Center Philadelphia


Great Things to See and Do in Philadelphia

Old City: This historically-significant section of the city is home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Ben Franklin’s workspace, and more.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: This museum features the work of late 19th- and early 20th-century artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, Picasso, and Rodin.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum: This unique and innovative museum houses the world’s largest artificial heart.

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