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Charlotte, NC

Gateway Center
Charlotte, NC 28202
Tel.: (704) 527-4172
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Campus
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ELS/Charlotte is located beside Johnson & Wales University's Charlotte Campus. ELS students have access to nearby campus facilities. The Center is in a beautiful urban location in Charlotte's vibrant Uptown City Center close to many cultural, sports and entertainment attractions. The newly designed and renovated Charlotte Center features an entry lobby area, 11 spacious and very comfortable classrooms, a 25-station Language Technology Center with room for future expansion, 5 administrative offices, and 2 student lounge areas. One student lounge is equipped with refrigerator and microwave ovens for students who wish to bring lunches to school and dine with a high-rise city view. Students can access dining (including the campus dining hall) and shopping within walking distance of the Center or via a short 5-10 minute ride on the "Goldrusher", Charlotte's free Uptown public trolley/bus system with a stop in front of the building where ELS is located.

  • Excellent location in the Uptown Charlotte City Center
  • Affiliated with an urban university campus that offers easy access to campus facilities
  • Easy access to many attractions in the Uptown City Center Located in the largest city on the U.S. East Coast between Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA
  • Ideal city location with mountains only 2 hours away and coastal beaches only 3.5 hours away
  • Join ELS on social media! #ELSCenters #ELSCharlotte

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 35
Bank 5
Downtown Area 5
Post Office 20
Restaurants 5/30/30
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10
Sports Stadium 15
Supermarket 5
Pharmacy 10
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
American Explorer Program

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2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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1420 Magnolia Apts(Student Residence (Off Campus))

1420 Magnolia Apartments cater to young professionals and are secure and affordable.
Students share 2-bedroom apartments located approximately 25-30 minutes by public bus from the ELS Center. Each bedroom includes 2 (twin) beds, desk, chair, a dresser with mirror, and a spacious closet. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and furnished living room and dining areas. Linens, towels, bedspread, and pillows are also included. Students clean their own apartments during their stay. A housekeeper also cleans twice each session. Wireless internet access and basic cable TV service are provided, and utilities (water and electricity, heat and air conditioning) are included.
Each apartment has a full kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, stove with oven, toaster, coffeemaker, and microwave oven. Kitchens are fully equipped for students to prepare their own meals in their new "home away from home".
1420 Magnolia offers students free access to excellent facilities on-site that include an outdoor swimming pool (for seasonal use), a fitness center, a business center, an outdoor clubhouse for resident socials, a laundry center with coin-operated washers and dryers, and secured free parking (if needed). The apartment complex is a gated-community that has secured entry that requires a passcode.
1420 Magnolia is conveniently located near to many entertainment, social, and dining options. Within a 3-4 block walking distance, students will find more than 20 restaurants, ranging from fast food to casual dining, an 8-screen movie theater, 2 supermarkets, a bowling alley, 3 coffee houses, 3 banks, several taverns and sports bars, a pharmacy and more. There are several public bus stops nearby, one of which provides an easy ride to Uptown Charlotte and to to the ELS Center.

Price per Session $790
Occupancy Double Deluxe
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. Students prepare meals in their apartments or can take meals in surrounding restaurants.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Living with an American host is one of the best ways for students to learn about American culture and improve their English abilities. ELS/Charlotte offers excellent homestays in safe residential neighborhoods. Students are placed with hosts who care about their students and want to help them to learn and practice English. Homes are located with access nearby to city bus stops that enable students to take public bus transportation to and from the ELS Center when the student purchases a bus pass. The typical travel time by public bus from homestay to the ELS Center is 25 - 40 minutes. Most bus passes provide unlimited travel by the week or by the month. This allows students to not only travel to and from ELS, but it allows them to explore Charlotte in their free time and enjoy many of the attractions that city has to offer.
Home types vary, but each ELS student will be assigned as a single and have a private bedroom in the home, though most often the bathroom is shared. There is often more than 1 ELS student assigned to a a home, but each student has a bedroom alone. All homes have heating and air conditioning as well as wireless internet service. Students also have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities in the home.

Price per Session $1015
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 14
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Courtyard Courtyard Campus Library ELS-Charlotte - Charlotte Skyline Inside the lobby. Students learn in one of our comfortable classrooms. Taking a break. The new metropolitan Charlotte center. The student lounge comes with a great view! Bike rack and greenery near campus Johnson & Wales Charlotte - an urban, uptown campus. Open area near campus for eating and conversing. The beautiful Computer Lab Johnson & Wales Charlotte Greenway Our student lounge is perfect for lunches and conversation. Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Cafeteria Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Wildcat Student Center Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Gymnasium JWU Charlotte - bookstore
  • Gymnasium
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • Library
  • 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

Rodney Neese

Rodney Neese

Center Director

My career with ELS spans more than 30 years and includes classroom teaching as an instructor, student services as a Student Advisor and program planning and management as Youth Camp Director, Director of Special Programs and Center Director of 3 centers. I opened two Centers for ELS, Melbourne and Charlotte, and relocated the Santa Monica and Charlotte Centers. I have held state and regional leadership positions in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and presented training sessions at NAFSA conferences at the state, regional and national levels.

Alyssa Matuck

Alyssa Matuck

Academic Director

I taught ESL for twenty years before coming to work at ELS Charlotte as the Academic Director. I taught for several intensive English programs including University of California Irvine, Golden West College, and ELTI at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a B.A. in Linguistics and a M.S. in TESOL. It is my goal to see students succeed in their English studies. I schedule classes, counsel with students, and work with the instructional staff in order to help students reach their academic goals. So whether you are learning English to go to college, advance in your career, or just for self-improvement, my aim is make sure you acquire as much English as possible while you are attending ELS/Charlotte.

Jennifer Frazier

Jennifer Frazier


I am a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate school for a Masters degree in Sociology. I began working in higher education in 2001 and have been the Registrar with ELS/Charlotte since 2011. I thoroughly enjoy working with the many cultures and backgrounds of our students and appreciate time spent with them both during school hours and on outside activities.

Philip Robertson

Philip Robertson


I graduated with a BA from WV State University and received a Post-Graduate Diploma from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. I've worked as an actor both professionally and non-professionally before becoming a teacher. I received my Cambridge CELTA in 2005 and taught a year in Prague before coming to ELS where I was originally a teacher. I also teach for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.


March 31, 2016


Albarra Aldossary completed ELSlevel 112 and is studying to become a pilot. He is currently running for student body president at Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University!

-Albarra,Saudi Arabia


March 31, 2016


Juan Ramirez began at ELS Charlotte in level 102. He completed 112 and is now an FAA certified private pilot. He is currently studying to fly 787s!


Gozde Karaoglan

August 16, 2013


When I first went to ELS/Charlotte, I was really anxious; because my family was so far away from me and of course, it was a new world and life. However, on my first day, I met with my roommates. They were so friendly and nice to me. That made me more calm and a little bit happy. They told me that I was going to have amazing times here.

Then I met with ELS. The teachers are not just teachers. They were like our friends and their teaching methods were amazing. They were funny and they would make the lessons more enjoyable but at the same time educational. One of the most significant impacts the ELS teachers made on me was to make one of my dreams come true. I had a poetry class and I love writing stories and poetry. I wrote a poem by myself and I was able to perform it to my class. Because this poetry is different, it is called "performance poetry." My class loved it.

By the way, I was super shy at the time and I couldn't believe that I could actually read in front of my classmates. They even insisted that I read my poetry at graduation. This meant in front of the entire school, from students to teachers. They encouraged me. I did it. In that moment, I saw pride in my teachers' eyes and admiration in my classmates. I will not forget that feeling ever in my life. I was so proud and happy with myself. The sad part was that I wasn't going to see these people for a long time.

If you are going to go to ELS/Charlotte, enjoy it, because time is moving fast. You are going to be so happy with the people and with the center.

-Gozde Karaoglan,Turkey

Maja Stefanowska

July 31, 2013


ELS/Charlotte is one of the most exciting adventures that happened to me. This is not only the place where you learn the English language, but it also allows you to meet new cultures, manners and tolerance for other races, religions and skin colors. Moreover, ELS/Charlotte has a great teaching staff. Professors are always ready and available to assist with any situation. Therefore, ELS/Charlotte is designed for students who wish to speak and study in English. This place will always remain in my memory. I made new friends, met great teachers and most of all, I fell in love with the English language.

-Maja Stefanowska,Poland

Fernanda Goldman

July 23, 2013

My experience with ELS was amazing. Of course, like everybody, I was insecure about going to a different country with nobody that I knew, but the school made me feel like I was in my own home. I never felt lost or afraid because I always knew that somebody there could help me, like they did a lot of times. All the teachers treat everybody with respect, were very friendly and were always concerned with making classes interesting.

Charlotte is a terrific city, not only because it has everything you need but also because the native people are very hospitable. It is a very safe and clean city. I fell in love since the first step I took there. But anyway, I learned much more than English and the "American way of life". I learned different cultures, met lovely people from everywhere and I won a huge, worldwide family.

-Fernanda Goldman,Brazil

Beatriz Farias, Venezuela

September 17, 2009

Hello! I would like to tell you about my experience at the ELS Language Center on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.

ELS is not just an ordinary English course. It is more a personal learning experience where you receive high quality English instruction and you get in touch with the teachers. I think this is one of the best things ELS offers because you get that personal attention you need when learning another language. Also, it is amazing how, after finishing all the levels ELS offers, you are really fluent in English! I mean, you are not just able to say what you need to say, you are ready to have whole conversations in this new language!

In my personal experience, I came to ELS/Charlotte four years ago speaking absolutely no English at all. After studying at ELS for nine months I was admitted to Queens University of Charlotte to study Business Administration. Nowadays, I am a senior getting ready to graduate with my degree!

I have to say that if it were not for ELS/Charlotte’s great English program I would not have been able to speak English so fluently to succeed and be admitted to this University. I want to say "Thank you" to the staff and teachers of ELS/Charlotte!

Hike & Picnic at Crowder's Mountain

June 24, 2016

ELS Charlotte recently took a trip to Crowders Mountain. It was a beautiful day and the students hiked up to a gorgeous view of Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Reed Gold Mine Trip

May 16, 2016

Saturday, May 14th, ELS students went to visit the first location where commercial gold was found in the United States - Reed Gold Mine in Midland, North Carolina. Some of the students found gold!!


2017 ELS/Charlotte Application

2017 ELS/Charlotte Application

2017 ELS/Charlotte Center Application

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