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About This Center

The beautiful campus of California Lutheran University, about 20 kilometers from the Pacific Coast, is home to the ELS English Language Center in Thousand Oaks. This stunning suburb of Los Angeles offers a high quality of life, outdoor festivals, shopping, and sunny days year-round. It’s also one of the safest cities of its size in the United States.

English classes in Thousand Oaks is the perfect location for students to learn while benefiting from a diverse student body. With miles of coastline and the Santa Monica Mountains in the distance, this city offers unique natural beauty.

Learn English at California Lutheran University

ELS students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in student life at the private California Lutheran University. The university provides a challenging academic environment with 37 undergraduate majors and several master's degree and doctoral programs. The University also offers a Graduate Pathway Program - MBA, which allows you to earn graduate credits in business while improving your English language skills.

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


ELS Thousand Oaks | Cal Lutheran University Facilities

  • Baseball field
  • Basketball court
  • Cafeteria
  • Center and classrooms are not handicapped accessible
  • Computer lab
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking at Center
  • Free parking at University
  • Gymnasium
  • Library
  • Music practice rooms
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
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English Language Center Thousand Oaks

Housing Options



Homestay families are located throughout the area. They’re friendly, welcoming, and open to cultures from around the world. Students can rapidly improve their English while experiencing American culture. Students are able to walk, bike, or bus to campus.

Cost per Session: $1,100

Occupancy: Single

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week. Students are provided with breakfast and dinner each day. Lunches are available at locations on campus.


Student Residence (on campus)

The residence is a two-minute walk to ELS classrooms. Female housing is a private apartment exclusively for female ELS students in a complex shared with other California Lutheran University students. Male housing is located in a private house with a backyard.

Residences include:

  • High-speed WiFi
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Kitchens with stoves, ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, rice cookers, pots, pans, plates, cups, and kitchen utensils
  • Onsite resident assistant
  • Free parking 24/7
  • 24/7 onsite campus security
  • Sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels

Cost per Session: $2,012

Occupancy: Single, double

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week


Great Things to See and Do in Thousand Oaks

Action-Packed Entertainment: Universal CityWalk is home to some of Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

Malibu: The city of Malibu is famous for its sandy beaches and warm climate, and also for the many celebrities who call it home.

Shopping: Camarillo Outlets offers 160 high-end outlet stores with popular brands for every interest and style.

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