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Boston-Downtown, MA

125 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel.: (617) 574-4820
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)


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ELS-Boston Downtown is proud to be located in the heart of one of the most historic cities in the US. We are surrounded by world-class institutions, such as Harvard, M.I.T, Boston University, and 50+ other top colleges and universities. Our school features a 36 student computer lab, easy access to public transportation, and an enthusiastic and helpful staff. Additionally, our location is near all of Boston's major historical sites, as well as restaurants from around the world and world-class shopping. Rich with American history and culture, championship sports teams, and a quick walk to Boston's waterfront on the Atlantic Ocean, ELS-Boston Downtown is the perfect place to study and learn English!

  • In the heart of fun downtown Boston!
  • One-minute walk to subway
  • Across the street from America's first public park
  • Steps away from world-class entertainment and shopping
  • Easy bus ride to NYC and other top destinations
  • Join ELS on Social Media! #ELSCenters #ELSBostonDowntown

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30/30/30
Bank 5
Downtown Area 2
Post Office 5
Restaurants 5/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 5
Sports Stadium 15
Supermarket 5
Pharmacy 5
Public Transportation 2








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Programs available at this location

2017 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
Business English

Communicate with Confidence in Business

2017 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2017 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

TEFL Certificate Program

TEFL Certificate Program

2017 Cost Per Session
$2550 USD

View of ESL Townhouse ESL Townhouse, 81 Park Drive, Boston 20 minutes from school. Fall View Towards ESL Townhouse from Museum of Fine Arts ESL Townhouse Two person room Desk, drawer set, and free wifi for each student Private bathroom Private kitchen with all supplies

ESL Townhouse(Student Residence (Off Campus))

ELS students will be housed in two-bedroom suites. One bedroom in each apartment is single-occupancy and the other is a double. The suites have fully equipped kitchens, a dining area and a full bath. Each room contains individual twin bed (or 2 twin beds for the double occupancy bedroom), desk, large bureau, linens and a closet. There is a full kitchen for each 2 or 3 students.
The ESL Townhouse is located in the heart of Boston. Great shopping and restaurants are just minutes away. Recreational fields and a nature preserve are across from the residence. The ESL Townhouse is a 10-minute walk to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox baseball team. It is also a short walk to the Newbury Street shopping district and Boston Symphony Hall. Many of Boston's top universities and hospitals surround this residence.

Price per Session $1565 - 1900
Occupancy Double, Single - ELS students will be housed in one-bedroom suites. Each bedroom has two beds, double occupancy. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and full bath.
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Homestays are very popular with younger and less traveled students. It's a great chance to practice English with the homestay families, while also having breakfasts and dinners included. Homestay students' commutes to our school from the homestays should be 50 minutes or fewer.

Price per Session $1210
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

the Swan Boats are out and running for the rest of the summer! This is our building in historic Downtown Boston. The Massachusetts State House- right up the street! our NEW Event Wall! Fall View Towards Back Bay Bus Stop One Block Away Rose Garden Across the Street Museum of Fine Arts Across the Park Students working together with teacher supervising Students working in Computer Lab on individual programs Quincy Market Boston Common on Memorial Day Greenway and Customs Tower from Rowes Wharf view from the summer terrace in Boston Common Greenway and Customs Tower from Haymarket Boston Common Boston Garden in the Summer time George Washington statue supporting Boston sports The famed Newbury street
  • Computer lab
  • Wi-Fi
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible

What is Conditional Admission?

Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.

Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.

Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.

What is the Conditional Admission Process?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Eliot Levine

Eliot Levine

Center Director

Eliot Levine is a native New Englander who truly loves Boston. With a BA in English and an MA in Education, Eliot is well suited to the role of Center Director for ELS Boston-Downtown. Eliot has many years of teaching experience, including public school language arts (grades 6 – 12), along with private school ESL and TOEFL instruction. He also has many years of education management experience, including 3+ years as Center Director of another Intensive English Program. In his spare time, Eliot enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends. Eliot welcomes you to ELS Boston-Downtown, ideally located right across the street from world famous Boston Common!

Sarah dePina

Sarah dePina

Academic Director

Sarah dePina is the Acting Academic Director at ELS Boston-Downtown.

Mimi Chenaif

Mimi Chenaif


Mimi Chenaif joined ELS Boston-Downtown in August of 2015 and she has fast become a vital member of our administrative team. Mimi loves helping our students as well as learning more about world cultures.

Camilo Valencia

Camilo Valencia

Homestay Coordinator

I’m originally from Medellin, Colombia. I studied International business and taught Business English during my university years. I am the Homestay Coordinator and I look forward to providing students with the best “living the American lifestyle” experience by matching them with wonderful hosts during their studies at ELS-Boston. I enjoy having friends all over the world and in my spare time I like to play Ultimate Frisbee.

Ryan Brux

Ryan Brux

Director, ELS TEFL Certification Program

Greetings! I want to welcome and extend to you a very warm greeting from the heart of downtown Boston – the City of Champions! With our 4-week intensive, 130-hour TEFL Certificate Program, ELS, in partnership with Via Lingua, is proud to offer you the opportunity to become an internationally certified English teacher. As director of this exciting program – and more importantly as someone who understands what an effective program looks like (having gone through one myself) I am committed to providing you with a world-class training experience that will give you the competitive edge to be the successful teacher that you were meant to be. About me: I received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in TESOL from Hunter College in New York City. In addition to these degrees, I also have certificates in TEFL and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I have over 12 years of experience in teaching and teacher training, having taught in the Czech Republic, Thailand, South Korea, Peru and in the public schools in New York City and Seattle, Washington. I am an active member of International TESOL and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and have presented my work at several conferences worldwide. Teaching and learning truly is the backbone of who I have become, and it is with great privilege that I pass this passion on to you. As you continue to explore the exciting benefits of teaching English, I hope you will seriously look at the many strengths of the ELS Via Lingua TEFL Certificate Program. I look forward to meeting you at one of our many upcoming courses! And please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of our fantastic programs.


August 9, 2016


I’m Valeria Terralavoro and I’m from Caracas, Venezuela.

Going to ELS was the best decision I could ever made. I studied in ELS Boston Downtown for 7 months and it was just amazing. It wasn’t easy for me to start a new life far away from my home but ELS and their people helped me and made it easy for me. I was 17 years old when I arrived to Boston, I arrived alone and now I’m leaving with many friends around the world. I met people from places that I never imagined they could become my friends and that was one of the beautiful things that happen to me.

I completed the course of English successfully and that could’ve never happened without the help of my excellent teachers, my kind classmates and all the staff of ELS who helped me improve my English every day. ELS not only taught me English but also gave me the opportunity to join and enjoy the different activities and trips that they organized for us.

I’m in love with this spectacular city. Boston is my second home and I’m never going to forget it. I really enjoyed and learned every single day of this experience.
Thank you to everyone who made it possible.



April 27, 2016


Rabbi Kasanda Malemba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 2016

Being an ELS student was a tremendous experience. Teachers
and staff members were so nice and put so much energy and joy every single day
of class that there was no other option than liking them. The school is a
mosaic of nationalities from all around the globe which had me learn so much
about different cultures and all the similarities I have with them. On top of
that, the school organization wasn’t just about English classes; they have
homestay families welcoming and helping students learning the American culture.

Furthermore, I have applied to a great University without
taking any IELTS or TOEFL which is the privilege of being an ELS student. My
English skills have been shaped and honed in a way that I feel more than ready
to be a university student. My writing has reached a level where I can myself
be proud of what I write. The extracurricular activities were a bonus which
first helped me improve the speaking in informal situations but also put me in
a typical American lifestyle. We only live once, right? Being an ELS student is
an incredible lifetime experience I guarantee you will never forget.


December 29, 2015


I would like to express my feelings about ELS. Despite the fact that I participated for just 2 sessions of English for Academic Purposes, I improved my all skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. About diversity, you can meet here a wide range of different nationalities. That is beneficial when it comes to diversity and collaboration. I made friends with students from Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Vietnam, Turkey and Colombia.

About teachers
Chris Sullivan, teacher for SSP, is a person who has a loud voice and a good sense of humor. His classes were always appealing; he knew how to attract attention to the subject he taught. Concerning Ruth Sacks, she is an older lady with strict character. I learnt a lot about how to write essays appropriately, how to organize essay structure to be alluring, all from her recommendations and corrections she made. There was also one teacher about whom I was impressed. His name is Mark Selzer, a young gentleman with a clear voice. He gave classes on vocabulary. And one strange situation happened. Every morning I met a man, who always greets everybody with great pleasure and sincere smile. He asked students how they feel at school and was quite interested in their concerns. I was surprised when I found out that he was Director of ELS, Mr. Eliot S. Levine. It turned out that Mr. Levine is not only kind and nice person, he is also ready to solve students' issues in person. I consider that his attitude to everyone is a bright example to all ELS staff. This is why such friendly relationships are felt in the atmosphere of the school.

Best regards,
Aidos Abdizhalelov
Nov. 25, 2015


Abdullah Altayar

February 3, 2015


I have been studying at ELS for more than one year. The people in the school have become as close to me as my family. The reason I stayed here so long is the great education system that ELS offers for his students as well as the welcoming atmosphere of the school. I have so many beautiful memories with classmates and teachers of the classes and fun activities we did together. I will never forget them!

-Abdullah Altayar,Saudi Arabia

Soyeon Lee

February 3, 2015


I have studied in ELS for 4 months and I really enjoyed my time there. The best things that ELS has is the "policy" of leveling up the class. The student can level up only if they have sufficient grade such as GPA or final test, which is taken the end of a session. Knowing this, most students are very motivated to fulfill all assignment they are required for class. This attitude affects not only their grades but also the atmosphere in the school. Needless to say, the more we go through all kinds of assignments, the bigger the fellowship among classmates becomes. Of course, we don't only study all the time. During class, we also enjoy games and funny activities.

-Soyeon Lee,South Korea

Andrea and Valeria

July 11, 2014


We have been at ELS for 3 months and we really enjoy being here because we have made a lot of friends from different countries. The teachers at ELS are the best! They are extremely friendly and they are always available to help students. The school is located in an excellent spot because it's surrounded by shops and restaurants and it is right across the street from the Boston Commons, which is a beautiful park to visit. This has been an unique experience and we are very grateful for the memories that ELS has created in our hearts!

-Andrea and Valeria,Venezuela


July 11, 2014


My name is Yo and I come from Thailand. I have been at ELS since March and I am very proud of myself because I have improved my English skills since I started. Everyday I come here and I always learn something new from my teachers and my classmates. Beside this, I always have a good time with the friends I made here and I have learned a lot about their cultures. This is a great experience that I wish everyone to have! Also, if you are trying to go to university, ELS will help you because it has more than 600 partner schools. My experience here is unforgettable!



July 9, 2014


“I came to Boston to learn English. I chose ELS Boston-Downtown and it really exceeded my expectations! It provided me with all the tools to improve my English and the people who work there are always in a good mood and ready to help you. I love ELS because it gave me the opportunity to learn English in a short time. If you want to study English, I recommend you ELS … I am sure you will keep it in your heart for the rest of your life! “



July 9, 2014


“ Hello, my name is Badr and I am a student at ELS Boston-Downtown. ELS is really the best school I have ever studied at! I would like to share my journey at ELS … First of all, the teachers are amazing and they helped me a lot. Second, the people who study at ELS are very friendly. Third,the location of the school is great, right in the heart of Boston. Finally,don’t waste your time applying to other schools! ELS is the best! “

-Badr,Saudi Arabia


July 9, 2014


Hello, I am Maho. I am from Japan and I have been in ELS Boston Downtown for 4 months. I like the location of the school because it's near shops, restaurants and museums! Also, at school we have many academic classes that will help us to go to university. All the teachers are helpful, friendly and flexible. I really enjoy my time at ELS and the friendships I made here!


ELS Students Speak from Boston-Downtown: 101- graduation

November 13, 2013

ELS Students Speak about Boston-Downtown

November 13, 2013


June 24, 2013


I had a great experience in ELS Boston Downtown. What was the most impressive for me is the size of a class. Compared to Japan, the size is much smaller, there are only about 10 students in class. So, students can easily make a friend with another person and enjoy cultural interaction. I am very happy to come here and expand my world. These experiences are really precious for my life.



June 24, 2013


While here I have improved my academic English, I have learned more about other cultures and I have had a wonderful time in ELS Boston Downtown.

-Yasser,Saudi Arabia


June 24, 2013


I used to be a student in Boston Downtown for 5 sessions. I find the reading-writing course especially helpful since I had to take two Expository writing classes in college and it was a relatively easy experience for me compared to the other foreign students. I two 4.0's in my grade report and ELS made it easier to get those.


ELS Trip to Old Orchard Beach!

August 9, 2016

Students enjoyed a wonderful, sunny summer day at Old Orchard Beach in Maine!

Day trip! Picnic!

July 7, 2016

Students enjoyed a day trip to one of Boston's harbor islands, Spectale Island!

Visit to the Boston Public Library

February 24, 2016

We had a tour of the Boston Public Library!

SUNY Albany visit

February 22, 2016

State University of New York at Albany visited our school today. Students were treated to pizza and learned how this great ELS Partner University can help them achieve their academic goals.

Boston Public Library

February 5, 2016

A fun reading and writing class activity at the beautiful and famous Boston Public Library (1st official public city library in the US)

Ski Trip

February 3, 2016

The students enjoyed a wonderful day of skiing and snowboarding with teacher Kelly!

Celtics Basketball Game

January 26, 2016

ELS students had a great time at a Boston Celtics basketball game. Yes, the Celtics won!

Celtics Basketball Game

January 26, 2016

ELS students had a great time at a Boston Celtics basketball game. Yes, the Celtics won!

Top of the Hub

January 20, 2016

We had a chance to see Boston's skyline from the Top of the Hub Observation Tower ... what an incredible experience!


2017 ELS/Boston-Downtown Application

2017 ELS/Boston-Downtown Application

2017 ELS/Boston-Downtown Center Application

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ELS at Boston-Downtown

ELS at Boston-Downtown

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Boston-Downtown ELS Language Center.

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Staff photo; Sept. 2015

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Student Activity Calendar 13B

Student Activity Calendar 13B

Check out all the fun activities we have in store for next session!

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Student Activity Calendar 2B 2016

Student Activity Calendar 2B 2016

Check out our upcoming events!

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