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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 15
Bank 1
Downtown Area 20
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 1
Shopping Mall/Outlet 15
Supermarket 1
Bus Stop/Subway 1








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Greenville Tech Foundation Housing(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 $890
Occupancy 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $90
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 $920
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $90
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

Leisha DeRiso

Leisha DeRiso

Center Director

Leisha has been with ELS since May 2006. Having worked 10 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional, she became passionate about the education of international students following her work as a part-time instructor at ELS/Ruston in Louisiana. She began to dedicate herself to her new career and was quickly promoted to full-time instructor then IELTS administrator in 2009. When the center director position at Clemson became available, she jumped at the chance to be affiliated with such a wonderful university and live in a beautiful area of the United States. Leisha cares deeply about her staff and each of her students and looks forward to making sure everyone who comes to Clemson reaches their goals.

Rus Kiser

Rus Kiser

Academic Director

Rus has been with ELS since July 2006. After several years in private business and four incredible years teaching in South Korea, he moved home and became an instructor at ELS Oklahoma City. In 2009, Rus finished his Master of TESOL at Oklahoma City University. 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. 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. He loves to present at conferences and has regularly presented at local, regional and international gatherings. 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.

Lauren Curry

Lauren Curry

International Student Advisor

Lauren's interest in working in a cross-cultural environment grew after pursing a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology at the University of Arkansas, where she also minored in religious studies, Asian studies and Mandarin Chinese. After spending a summer in Nepal, volunteering with conversation partners programs, and studying Chinese with some of her Chinese classmates, Lauren decided to pursue the International Student Advisor position at ELS/Clemson in Greenville. Lauren loves helping students, laughing and chips and salsa.

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.

Ben Francis

Ben Francis


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. Other than teaching, he enjoys reading, watching sports, tinkering in his garden, and especially camping and hiking with his wife.

Rebecca Gardner

Rebecca Gardner


Rebecca grew up in a bilingual home and has always enjoyed the cultural exchange involved in language-learning. As a result, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Italian from Meredith College and graduated Summa Cum Laude. During college, she worked as a tutor in English and Italian, and later she lived in Italy as an exchange student. After college, she moved to Brazil and taught English both to business professionals and to underprivileged children. Before she came to ELS, she worked in the quality department of Samsung Electronics and studied Korean during that time. After volunteering to work with international students, Rebecca decided to pursue a TESOL certification from English for Life Academy and teach full time. She is devoted to caring for her students and promoting cultural understanding in the classroom.

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 six months
ago and is currently attending Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. She returned to ELS this month 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

First Friday Downtown!

August 31, 2015

There are few better ways to spend a Friday afternoon than exploring downtown Greenville. It was a sunny first Friday of the session, which made for a perfect downtown afternoon.

Graduation Session 8A

August 27, 2015

Congratulations to our Session 8A ELS graduates! We had a wonderful session and will miss these students, but we are excited for their new adventures pursuing their PhDs at Clemson University! Go Tigers!!

Swing Dancing Family Night

August 13, 2015

This session we hosted an appetizer potluck and swing dancing night! A swing dancing couple taught us some East Coast Swing moves, and we danced the night away! Of course we ended the night with some Saudi moves to music in Arabic, and two of our Colombian students taught us how to salsa!

Happy National Bowling Day!

August 10, 2015

ELS/Clemson-Greenville celebrated National Bowling Day (August 8th) by glow-in-the-dark bowling and eating at a local Mexican food restaurant!

Greenville Technical College Visit!

August 6, 2015

This week we spent the afternoon at Greenville Technical College, a local two-year technical college that is a great transfer option for our students! The Academic Connections Department Head at Greenville Tech taught a workshop on time mangament and study skills, two very useful skills needed to succeed in a university setting. Next we were given a tour of campus, highlighting the engineering building, library, student center, and university transfer building. We are very excited about our partnership with Greenville Tech and look forward to more collaboration!

Graduation Session 7A

July 31, 2015

Congratulations to our wonderful graduates! We wish you much success in your university studies!

Independencia de Colombia!

July 20, 2015

Happy Colombian Independence day from ELS/Clemson-Greenville! Some of our students homemade empanadas with an amazing "ahi" spicy salsa for lunch.

Fourth of July Celebration!

July 2, 2015

ELS/Clemson-Greenville celebrated Fourth of July just like Americans do: With hamburgers and bean bag toss! We grilled hamburgers, took festive photos, and played yard games. Happy Fourth of July from the students and staff in Greenville!

Session 6 Graduation!

June 29, 2015

Congratulations to our session 6 ELS graduates!

Baby Shower for two of our Teachers!

June 15, 2015

Congratulations to two of our teachers who are pregnant with baby boys! We celebrated with a dessert potluck and baby trivia. We are very excited for these two teachers and their growing families!

Saluda River Rally

June 15, 2015

15 ELS/Clemson-Greenville students spent Saturday morning either kayaking or tubing on the Saluda River in Greenville, South Carolina. We also listened to Bluegrass music, ate sno-cones, and shot archery at the festival. The sun was shining, and we made so many memories!

Session 5 Graduation!

May 29, 2015

We are so proud of our graduates! Congratulations Clemson-Greenville students, and thank you for an unforgettable session!

ELS Talent Show

May 21, 2015

This session we hosted a Talent Show! We had fourteen performances including cooking demonstrations, photography sessions, amazing drawings, dancers, and musical performances. The students and staff at ELS/Clemson-Greenville showed off their hidden talents and hobbies in front of an audience of about 40 people. We are so proud of our talented students!

The Fair at Heritage Park

May 11, 2015

This session we attended the Fair at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, South Carolina! The fair offers amusement rides, food stands, concerts, acrobats, magicians, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, and so much more! Our students had a great time exploring the park, eating funnel cakes and turkey legs, and watching the sunset over the ferris wheel.

4A Graduation Party

May 11, 2015

We had a great time celebrating the success of our students this session!

Potluck at the Park!

April 22, 2015

It was the first sunny day in several weeks, so we celebrated by going to Cleveland Park to play games, sports, and eat dinner together!

Student Activity Trip to Charleston, South Carolina!

April 21, 2015

This session 20 students went on a weekend trip to the beautiful, historic city of Charleston, South Carolina! We toured downtown, ate southern foods, and shopped on King Street. The second day we went to Folly Beach, played volleyball, swam, and ate seafood at hole-in-the-wall shoreside restaurants. We had so much fun, as you will see in these pictures!

Graduation and Send Off!

April 6, 2015

Congratulations to all of our ELS graduates and students moving to the next level! We are so proud of you!

Clemson Baseball Game!

March 30, 2015

Here at ELSClemson-Greenville we root for the Clemson Tigers! This past Friday our students went to Clemson University to cheer on our Tiger baseball team! We also took a tour of Clemson University's campus and even ate at one of the dining halls for dinner!

Walk and Talk

March 30, 2015

Did you know that the building where is center is located actually used to be a mall? In fact, it was the first mall built in the state of South Carolina! Now it stands as a hub for education with several university satellite campuses and our ELS center! Many members of the community walk around the mall for exercise, so we decided to join a few during lunch. Our students practiced conversational English as they spoke with two of the regular mall-walkers pictured below. It's always a great day to walk and talk!

ELS Student Council's Founding Members!

March 26, 2015

ELS/Clemson-Greenville would like to introduce you to our first members of the ELS Student Council! These six students (accompanied by our lovely staff) are the ambassadors for new students, communicate with our ISA ideas for areas of improvement around the center, and are the voice of our students! We are so proud of them and the leadership they have already exuded.

USC Upstate International Soccer Tournament- ELS UNITED!

March 16, 2015

Our students represented several countries at the USC Upstate International Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Our team, "ELS United", enjoyed the competition as well as meeting other students from South Korea, Germany, and America.

Session 3 Graduation Day!

March 6, 2015

We are so proud of our graduates and students who are moving up to the next level! Way to go ELS/Clemson-Greenville students!

Final Thursday of Session 2

March 6, 2015

After final exams, we made string nail art. Our students are talented in so many ways! Take a look at some of their art!


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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Student Activity Calendar 6A

Student Activity Calendar 6A

Student Activity Calendar Session 6A

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Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

Student Activity Calendar Session 4A

This session we are going to Charleston, South Carolina! This will be a great experience for our students to see more of South Carolina and learn about the history of Charleston. We will also go to Folly Beach to relax, play volleyball, and swim!

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Student Activity Calendar Session 5A

Student Activity Calendar Session 5A

Student Activity Calendar for Session 5A

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