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About This Center

Students can learn English and prepare for their university study in a historic community known for its quaint, small-town colonial charm with a cosmopolitan feel. When students are at ELS English Language Center in Philadelphia, they get to practice speaking on West Chester University’s campus with people from all around the world.

English classes in Philadelphia are offered in a welcoming college town community. From visiting museums and public parks to having access to nearby metropolitan cities such as New York and Washington, D.C., students can make their learning experience as unique as the city they study in.

Learn English at West Chester University

West Chester University is a public institution offering more than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs, including highly sought-after programs like the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Product Development, AACSB-accredited business programs and a plethora of health science programs. ELS students receive an official West Chester University ID card, giving them access to the entire suburban 409-acre campus, which features a student recreation center, swimming pools, rock climbing walls, fitness classes, library and cafeteria.

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


ELS Philadelphia West Chester 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
  • Music practice rooms
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • Soccer field
  • Student Health Center
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
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English Language Center Philadelphia - West Chester

Housing Options


Student Residence (on campus)

To promote integration of international students, ELS students share a floor with West Chester University students. Schmidt and Goshen Hall offer activities and organized programs that help students get better acquainted with other residents. The residence features:

  • Double occupancy
  • Communal bathrooms
  • In-room air conditioning
  • Movable furniture
  • WiFi
  • On-site laundry
  • Study areas
  • Recreational rooms and cooking facilities

Students are housed in Schmidt Hall during the academic year and Tyson Hall during the summer term.

Cost per Session: $1,232

Occupancy: Double

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week



Students have a single bedroom. The average commute time from the homestay to the ELS center is 30 to 45 minutes via public transportation.

Cost per Session: $1,200

Occupancy: Single

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week. Students have access to the kitchen to make snacks and food in addition to the provided meals.


Great Things to See and Do in Philadelphia - West Chester

Museums and Local History: Ride the West Chester Railroad or see real helicopters at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center.

Gardens and Parks: West Chester’s parks feature nature trails, floral displays, and picnic areas.

Visit Nearby Cities: All the excitement of downtown Philadelphia is only minutes away, and New York City and Washington, D.C., are within easy traveling distance.

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