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Boston-Newton, MA

777 Dedham Street
Newton, MA 02459
Tel.: 617-244-4448
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Mount Ida College
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ELS/Boston - Newton is located on the safe and tranquil campus of Mount Ida College. You can enjoy studying on a traditional college campus just 13 kilometers from downtown Boston. Boston is home to many world-class museums, excellent theaters, trendy shopping spots and restaurants. Cape Cod, the White Mountains, New York City and Montreal are just a few hours away.

  • Private College campus location
  • On Campus Facility Use
  • Safe upscale suburban environment within a half hour of Boston downtown by train/bus
  • Boston museums and historic and cultural attractions; prestigious universities in the area including Harvard, MIT and Boston University

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45
Bank 10
Downtown Area 30
Post Office 10
Restaurant(s) 10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 15
Supermarket 10
Bus Stop/Subway 10








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2015 Cost Per Session
$2040 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2015 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD

Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students use the bus or train to reach ELS and the campus.

Price per Session $1110
Occupancy Single, Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $115
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

West Village 2 at Pine Manor College(Student Residence (Off Campus))

West Village 2 is located on the campus of Pine Manor College. The ELS/Boston-Newton Center is on the campus of Mount Ida College, and the Center is only five kilometers from West Village 2.
West Village 2 is easily reachable from the ELS Center via our free shuttle service! A free shuttle service also makes reuglar trips to a neaby grocery store.
In West Village 2, Students will live in suites with either single or double rooms and with access to a shared living room with cable television, shared bathrooms, and a kitchen. Linens will be provided, and free laundry facilities are located in a neighboring dormitory. Students will have free wifi access.
Our students will be able to use the indoor basketball courts, and our students over 18 years of age will have access to the weight room/exercise facilities.
To address ELS student needs, a Resident Advisor will live at West Village 2 and campus security personnel are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
West Village 2 is situated in close proximity¿a 5-minute walk or free shuttle ride to the Chestnut Hill Train Station, which is 25-minutes from downtown Boston.

Price per Session $1650
Occupancy Double, Single, Single - Single or double rooms located within a suite. Prices are the same for all beds, and room assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $115
Meals / week or Meal Credit
19 meals per week dining plan at campus cafeteria, including meals during holidays.

Mount Ida Campus Miller Hall Miller Hall in Snow Classroom Library Language Technology Center Language Technology Center Mount Ida Campus Fitness Center Workout Room Basketball Courts Ricker Hall - Classes Soccer Field Baseball Field Tennis Courts Health Center Mount Ida Building Mount Ida Interior
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Only some classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Cafeteria

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

Mark Schaerf

Mark Schaerf

Center Director

I am from New York City, but came to the Boston area to attend university. I have spent many years living and working overseas, and have taught in South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. I was a teacher at ELS-Riverdale and Boston-Newton before becoming Housing Coordinator and now, Center Director. I enjoy meeting and helping students from all over the world. I am very pleased to work in a warm, friendly environment with my wonderful staff.

Marie Silva

Marie Silva

Academic Director

I have been associated with ELS/Boston since 1988. I first started teaching in the Special Programs Division and then moved into the regular program where I remained as an instructor for 20 years. I have been the Academic Director for our Newton center since 2007. My previous ESL experience came from having lived and taught in corporate programs and private institutions in Brazil.

Kimberly Valenti

Kimberly Valenti

International Student Advisor

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and have lived in Montana and Washington states, then studied and lived in California before moving to Milan, Italy. I taught English in Italy for four years and traveled around Europe before moving to Boston in 2013. I speak Italian and love learning foreign languages and talking about different cultures. Travel is a passion of mine, and I enjoy talking to international students and getting to know more about the people and traditions from all around the world.

Julian Garcia Roberts

Julian Garcia Roberts


I arrived in the United States in 1996 from Cuba and started working as the Registrar at ELS in Boston in August 2001. In my country of birth I had accumulated 15 years working in planning, budget control and accounting. I attended the University of Havana for two years pursuing a degree in accounting and more recently 2 semesters at the Rhode Island College in the same major. Although not an educator, I enjoy being part of our students ELS experiences.

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.


January 8, 2015


Studying at ELS Boston Newton is one of the most important and interesting experiences I have ever had. Here I improve all my skills and abilities in English, such as listening, writing and speaking. You can make friends from other countries and learn from them a lot of things. The teachers are very prepared and organized, and in the classes I feel in confidence with my teachers and with my classmates.

Definitely I think ELS Boston Newton is a good option to improve your English because you practice it a lot. I will recommend to my friends in Mexico!

-Librado ,Mexico

Valeria Casillas Santiago

January 8, 2015


I have enjoyed my classes at ELS, I had teachers that always help me to improve my English, they correct to me when I made a mistake. I think that I improve my speaking, writing, reading and listening, because I always tried to practice all the time with my classmates. It's a great experience to know people from another countries because we shared things and get to know about cultures. Actually the other part of the group of ELS, I mean administrative, helped us with things like travel, homestay, places, and they always gave to me kind words!

-Valeria Casillas Santiago,Mexico


January 8, 2015


I'm so glad and grateful to be here. Beyond of knowledge that I've gotten, I have to say that ELS gave me one of the best experiences that I've ever had. This school gave me the opportunity to have some friends from different parts of the world, and they opened my eyes in so many things that I realize that we're just a little piece of the puzzle, but by the time you accept others as they are, you start to have a great experience which makes you to spread your vision. So now I have great friends from other countries and also a great family.

It's hard for me to say goodbye but this is just the beginning because I'll do my best to return and to keep in touch with my new friends, and even though it won't ever be the same, I'll always have those lessons and experiences that my teachers, classmates, friends and homestay gave to me. So many kinds of personalities I really appreciate!


Alma Duran Velazquez

January 8, 2015


I really appreciate all the attention received. Excellent, magnificent teachers, I've really had a good time. Thank you all, my best experience ever!!

-Alma Duran Velazquez,Mexico

Fangio Lopez

January 8, 2015


First of all, I want to say thank you to ELS staff for all your help and attention that you have done for me. It has been a wonderful experience studying here because I have learned many things on every subject. The teachers over here at ELS Boston Newton are really good. Most teachers have good methods or strategies to teach. I would like to have the opportunity to come back again to continue learning.

-Fangio Lopez,Mexico

Omer Bilgin

November 27, 2013


I had great experience in Boston-Newton. My teachers are always friendly for me. When I was here, I felt myself as in my second home. I will never forget my friends and my teachers. It was very nice feeling to be here. Thank you for all my teachers, friends and ELS staff.

-Omer Bilgin,Turkey

Maria Camila Restrepo Lopez

November 27, 2013


My experience at ELS has been amazing because I have improved my English skills. Also, I have met people from different cultures who I share my experiences with. ELS has help me to learn about other cultures. Also, I have the opportunity to share with the native family and learn customs about American culture.

-Maria Camila Restrepo Lopez,Colombia

Hassan Damlakhan

June 24, 2013


As an international student I had so many concerns before I began college in the USA such as learning English as a second language, passing English proficiency exam, and getting accepted to a college program. Many schools offered me ESL courses and English proficiency exam preparation courses but the best decision I made at that point was joining ELS classes at the Boston-Newton center. From day one to graduation, I found a friendly, committed, knowledgeable staff. Besides teaching the language, they have always made sure that I got the cultural aspect so I could fit into the American community. From my personal experience ELS classes prepared me for my academic success. At ELS I met so many people from all over the world. We got to share our cultures which added a lot to my understanding of the world. After I passed Level 112, I attended Wentworth Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering. I graduated in May 2013 and will attend graduate school at Northeastern University in the fall. I am grateful to ELS for giving me the skills to realizing my goals, and for the friendships I will always treasure.
-Hassan Damlakhan, Saudi Arabia

Andres Bouza Carballal

April 24, 2012


The teachers are awesome and they always have great material to teach. The center staff are amazing, very friendly and the activities they organize are very fun.

-Andres Bouza Carballal,Spain

Pilyoung Moon

April 24, 2012


The ELS Center at Mount Ida College offers a good opportunity for students from a lot of countries. The teachers always help students when they don't understand something or if they have any questions. I recommend coming to ELS Boston-Newton to study. You will be satisfied with everything here!

-Pilyoung Moon,South Korea

Saudi National Day Celebration!

October 9, 2015

Students, staff and members of the host institution joined together to celebrate Saudi Arabian students and their culture!

Saudi National Day Celebration @ELS!

October 9, 2015

Students, staff and the college community joined together to celebrate Saudi Arabian students and their culture!

Boston Seafood Dinner!

August 27, 2015

Students enjoyed one of Boston's best seafood restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston!

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise!

August 7, 2015

Students enjoyed beautiful sunset views of the Boston Harbor, along with a narration of the history of Boston's greatest sights!

Frost Ice Bar Boston!

August 5, 2015

Students cooled off on a hot summer day at Boston's Frost Ice Bar!

Boston/Newton 4th of July Ice Cream Party!

July 6, 2015

Students kicked off the holiday weekend with ice cream at ELS after class!

Teacher Testimonial

July 6, 2015


Having worked at ELS for 32 years, I am obviously happy to be here. This is a job where I learn something new every day. The students are wonderful and enthusiastic. They constantly bring new ideas into the classroom. I never say I have to go to work because it's not work for me. Teaching at ELS continues to be fun and never gets old.

Japanese Barbecue!!

July 6, 2015

ELS students grilled their own food at Gyu Kaku Boston's Japanese Barbecue!

Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park!

June 23, 2015

Students had a blast at the first ELS Red Sox game of the season!

Top of the Hub Boston!

June 15, 2015

Students enjoyed lunch with panoramic views of Boston at the top of the Prudential Tower, Top of the Hub Restaurant!

North End "Little Italy" Pizza Tour!

April 20, 2015

Students got some history along Boston's historic Freedom Trail and North End Italian district while sampling some pizza!

Fire & Ice Boston!

April 20, 2015

Students had a blast creating their own dishes and watching the chefs cook them up at Fire & Ice Boston!


Boston Campus Map

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ELS at Mount Ida College

ELS at Mount Ida College

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Boston ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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Sample Fall Activity Calendar

Sample Fall Activity Calendar

An example of a Fall activity calendar at ELS Boston-Newton.

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Sample Summer Activity Calendar

Sample Summer Activity Calendar

An example of a Summer activity calendar at ELS Boston-Newton.

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