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Clemson-Greenville, SC

225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Tel.: (864) 233-5993
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
In affiliation with: Clemson University
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ELS/Clemson-Greenville is located at the University Center of Greenville (UCG). You will have access to smart-technology classrooms, the virtual library, free Wi-Fi and a computer technology center. Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research offers an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations collaborate.

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45/30
Bank 5
Downtown Area 45/30/10
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 45/30/10
Supermarket 5
Public Transportation 5








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Campus Pointe at Greenville Technical College(Student Residence (Off Campus))

All apartments have 2 PRIVATE BEDROOMS and 2 PRIVATE BATHROOMS. Each student will have a private bedroom, desk and closet area. The kitchen includes a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave with basic cookware, utensils, silverware and dishes provided. One set of linens and towels per student are supplied upon check-in, but students are responsible for the purchase of cleaning and household supplies and food. Students clean their own rooms and share responsibility for cleaning the apartment during their stay. Washers and dryers are in the building but additional charges apply. Males & females are placed in separate apartments although apartment floors are coed. American students of GTF also live in the same facility and may reside on the same floor. Campus Police are on duty twenty-four hours a day seven days a week for security. There is one resident assistant for the apartment building. GTF Student Housing makes all of your classes within walking distance and it provides all residents a college community within which to live. Residents of GTF Student Housing will be able to easily connect with other students through programs and activities offered by the Office of Student Activities that take place at the facility. Additionally, there is an exercise room, computer stations, a game area, bicycle parking and laundry facility on site. The entire complex is also monitored 24 hours a day by GTF Student Housing security.

Price per Session $640
Occupancy 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. There are several restaurants and a supermarket within walking distance.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Many host families drive ELS students to campus in the morning and pick them up in the evening. Other students take a bus to campus. No homes are within walking distance.

Price per Session $930
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $110
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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  • Computer center
  • Library
  • 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

Rus Kiser

Rus Kiser

Center Director

In 2006, Rus returned from teaching in South Korea and became an instructor at ELS Oklahoma City In 2009, Rus finished his MATESOL at Oklahoma City University, one of ELS's oldest partners. Soon thereafter, he became OKC’s IELTS Administrator in 2010 in addition to his teaching duties. In 2013, Rus left Oklahoma for South Carolina where he took on the role of Academic Director at ELS Clemson. In September of 2015, he transitioned to Center Director. Rus spends much of his professional free-time involved in local TESOL affiliates, TESOL, and NAFSA. He has served as Oklahoma TESOL’s president and TESOL Liaison as well as the TESOL IEP Interest section community leader and Member-at-Large. In what’s left of Rus’ spare time, he plays ice hockey, rides mountain bikes, goes hunting, or plays with his kids. When he can, Rus loves to travel and see new places (38 countries and counting) and people. The incredible students at ELS and the surprisingly diverse city of Greenville help bring the world closer when he can’t explore it.

Ben Francis

Ben Francis

Academic Director

Ben first considered becoming a cross-cultural teacher after he completed his undergraduate education as an exchange student in Taiwan. After two years of teaching and tutoring Taiwanese students aged 4 to 75, Ben decided to return to the states and pursue an advanced degree in education. In 2012, he graduated from Wheaton College with a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In addition to his time in Taiwan, Ben has taught in community colleges in the western suburbs of Chicago, in an adult education center in Chicago’s Chinatown, and for a non-profit organization, teaching literacy and life-skills to adult refugees. In December of 2016, Ben became the Academic Director of ELS Clemson. Other than teaching, he enjoys reading, watching sports, tinkering in his garden, and especially camping and hiking with his wife.

Drew Orr

Drew Orr

International Student Advisor

Drew began working with ELS in September of 2015 as the Clemson/Greenville Center’s International Student Advisor. Prior to this, he received his B.A. in Communication Studies from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and his Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. Drew has spent time both teaching and learning with people of a variety of ages, cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. His training, work, and life experiences have allowed him to bring a unique and erudite perspective to the world of international student advising and counseling. In his spare time Drew loves to read, watch movies, play guitar, volunteer at his church, and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Tori Woods-Byers

Tori Woods-Byers


Tori Woods-Byers embraces diversity and inclusion and helping others pursue their educational goals. She has a passion for learning about different cultures and people. In 2000, while a student at Clemson University, she had the opportunity to become friends with several International Students. In August 2014, she joined ELS/Clemson in Greenville as a registrar. As a registrar, Tori works with students from different cultures from all over the world. The environment at ELS/Clemson is welcoming and familiar, because it reminds her of her time at Clemson University as a student. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management while working and taking online classes at Limestone University. Tori also works in accounts payable for a large hotel chain. In her spare time, Tori enjoys movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Cassie Alexander

Cassie Alexander


The Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, changed Cassie Alexander’s career path. For a number of years Cassie was a business owner, but in 2009, Mortenson’s book inspired Cassie to pursue two new interests: Teaching English as a Second Language and international humanitarian work. Cassie began teaching at ELS, Greenville, SC, in February, 2013.

James Hoskinson

James Hoskinson


James Hoskinson has been a teacher for many years. In the past, he taught younger adults in New Jersey. While living in Annapolis, he taught part-time for a few semesters at a local college. For a short while he lived in Paddington, London, and for a much longer time lived in Græse Bakkeby, Denmark, at Kunsthøjskolen Thorstedlund. He was a student, but also assisted other students with their English while he practiced Danish. He has travelled extensively over the years in Germany, Denmark, Iceland, the UK, Austria, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic – half the time on a bicycle. Before returning to South Carolina, he lived in New England for many years with his family in Massachusetts and on an old farm in New Hampshire. While working at a major telecommunications company in Boston, he mentored and instructed many new employees from other countries. Now, James and his wife spend extended time with their son and his wife who live and work in Brazil.


March 19, 2015


JiaXin Fei, or Kelsi as she is known to her ELS family, began her studies at ELS/Clemson-Greenville in 2014. She graduated ELS and attended Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina.Kelsi then used Greenville Tech's bridge agreement with Clemson to transfer for he last 2 years. She recently finished her first semester as a Clamson Tiger! She has returned to ELS several times to encourage current students to work hard and follow their dreams because dreams do come true.

“When I first came to America I had no idea I would go to Greenville Tech,” Kelsi began. “My original plan was to study at ELS and go back home to work. But I couldn’t help myself to think how I could study more.”

Understanding her goals, the ELS/Clemson-Greenville staff began working with Kelsi until she was admitted to Greenville Tech for the 2014 fall semester. “With the help of the ELS staff I transferred to Greenville Tech and will transfer to Clemson or USC (University of South Carolina) this fall. I will let you guys know, but please say ‘Congratulations’ to me anyway,” said Kelsi with a smile. Kelsi is able to continue on to either Clemson or USC through a state-wide agreement between Greenville Technical College and these universities which allows students to take 30 hours of transferable credit with Greenville Tech then move seamlessly into the university program of their choice.

As advice for other students planning to follow their time at ELS with a college career, Kelsi expressed that the critical thinking skills she acquired while at ELS along with practice reading and preparing argumentative essays have helped her the most in her college studies. She added, “I could not speak as fluently without practice at ELS. I’m glad for that experience so when I go to college I don’t feel uncomfortable. I feel OK.”

-JiaXin, China


February 5, 2015


I am from Honduras, and I studied Civil Engineering. When I was in classes related to structural mechanics, I had a fascination for bridges, tunnels,dams, buildings and some other structures that were built with steel and concrete so I decided to study a Master program in Structural Engineering where I graduated with the highest honors in 2011. Also, I had the pleasure to work with the best geotechnical engineer and structural engineer of Honduras. We designed a lot of kind structures together including bridges and buildings.

Finally, I decided to study in Clemson University two years ago. I have heard and read a lot of good comments about it, hence my decision to study in Clemson. I began at the ELS/Clemson-Greenville center on August 25, 2014. I will entered the PhD program with emphasis in Structural Engineering at Clemson in January, 2015. In Honduras I studied English in several courses, but it is very hard when you don't have time to study. But at the same time, I am aware that ELS program is only a platform, I have to keep reading, learning new vocabulary and practicing as much as I can.

In my opinion, everything works fine at ELS/Clemson-Greenville. The teaching system at ELS program is very similar
to Honduras’ system so I feel very comfortable. In most of classes, we have to do researches, presentations, debates and essays, that are essential requisites to study in the University.

I enjoyed my time at ELS/Clemson-Greenville very much. Thanks to the staff because they have created a big family here.

-Marcos, Honduras

Wesam Al-Jeddawi

July 16, 2014


I got much experience at ELS Greenville due to I shared my culture
with a lot of international students, learned American culture, and improved my speaking, writing, and listening. The great thing is that ELS Greenville has great teachers and staff.

Actually, I spent a wonderful time at ELS/ Clemson-Greenville. I visited many beautiful
places in South and North Carolina with lots of international students and that was one of the activities that ELS made for us. When I graduated from ELS, all of my instructors kept in touch with me especially the Center Director who was always taking care of all students if they needed any help. Furthermore, when I graduated from Clemson University, the Center Director came to attend my graduation ceremony to encourage me and push me to work harder. Therefore, I encourage everyone who would like to study abroad to come to ELS/ Clemson- Greenville to study English language program before going to any university to improve his or her skills in writing, speaking and listening.

I am so proud of all ELS Greenville staff and I am so proud of my
great university which is Clemson University.

M.S. in Food
Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University

-Wesam Al-Jeddawi,Iraq

Family Night

April 18, 2016

Students, teachers, and friends from the community shared a meal and an engineering challenge together!

Paris Mountain Trip

March 2, 2016

Hike up to Mountain Lake in session 2A!

12A Graduation

December 29, 2015

Session 12A wraps up with a graduation ceremony and free lunch. Congratulations to all of our students on their hard work this session!

ELS Thanksgiving Feast

December 29, 2015

Students, teachers, friends, and family alike were invited to share in a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. We are thankful for one another and for the meal that we were able to eat together.


12A Activity Calendar

12A Activity Calendar

Session 12A Events and Activities at ELS Clemson/Greenville

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13A Student Activity Calendar

13A Student Activity Calendar

Session 13A Events and Activities at ELS Clemson/Greenville

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1A Student Activity Calendar

1A Student Activity Calendar

Session 1A events and activities at ELS Clemson/Greenville

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2016 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Application

2016 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Application

2016 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Center Application

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ELS at Clemson University- Greenville

ELS at Clemson University- Greenville

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

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Session 12A Activity Calendar

Session 12A Activity Calendar

Activities and Events for Session 12A at ELS Clemson/Greenville

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