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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 in the vibrant and growing city of Greenville, South Carolina. Our host institution is Clemson University, a consistent presence in the top 25 of all U.S. public universities as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The city of Greenville boasts many of the social and cultural elements of a large city while maintaining much of the appeal of a smaller community. The area is home to dozens of concerts, festivals, cultural heritage fairs, and sporting events every year. Greenville is located within a 20-30 minute drive of hiking trails in the Appalachian foothills, and within driving distance of many popular beaches. Our center is located in the UCG, a core site for local higher education. Our smaller class sizes provide students with dynamic classroom interactions and a more individualized learning experience. Through integrated technology students are provided with a comprehensive curriculum taught by teachers with diverse and practical backgrounds.

  • City of Greenville, SC hosts a wide variety of activities, events, sports, celebrations, and festivals.
  • Located within driving distance of mountains and coastline
  • Diverse student population
  • Small class sizes provide more opportunity for individual attention to students
  • Dedicated administrative and teaching staff who put students first
  • Smart technology classrooms, a computer technology center, Wi-Fi
  • Join ELS on social media! #ELSCenters #ELSClemson

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30/30
Bank 5/5/5/5
Downtown Area 15/15
Post Office 20/15/5/5
Restaurants 5/5/5/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 45/30/15
Sports Stadium 45/35/20/15
Supermarket 5/5/5/5
Pharmacy 5/5/5/5
Public Transportation 5/5/5/5








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Programs available at this location

2017 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

Greenville Tech Foundation Living Room Greenville Tech Foundation Bedroom Greenville Tech Foundation Kitchen Greenville Tech Foundation Bathroom Sink Greenville Tech Foundation Bedroom Greenville Tech Foundation Bathroom Private toilet and shower Private bathroom Private bedroom with desk Kitchen supplied with pots, pans, cooking utensils Shared living room. Fully furnished Choose your living room accessories with your suite-mate Private bedroom with desk

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

All apartments have 2 private bedrooms and 2 private bathrooms. Each student''s bedroom has a desk and closet. The kitchens include a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher, and are supplied with pots, pans, and cooking utensils. One set of linens per student are provided 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 of the shared space in each apartment. Washers and dryers are in the building but additional charges apply.
Males and females are placed in separate apartments, although apartment floors are co-ed. American students live in the same apartment complex 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 always a Resident Assistant on duty.
Greenville Tech Housing makes all of your classes within walking distance and it provides residents with a college community within which to live. Residents will be able to easily contact and connect with other students through programs and activities offered by the Office of Student Activities. The facility has an exercise room, computer stations, a game area, bicycle parking, and laundry facility on-site.

Price per Session $640
Occupancy 2 Bedroom Apartment; Single Occupancy Per Bedroom
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $70
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 $70
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week. \*Host families will provide breakfast and dinner for you every day. Breakfast may be hot or cold. Please be aware that you will probably prepare your own breakfast each morning. Most American families have a simple breakfast, and they do not usually eat together. Your host family will show you around the kitchen and where the breakfast foods are kept. \*Dinner will be a sit-down meal as a family at least 4 or 5 nights a week. Tell your host family if you have food preferences or any foods you can't eat.

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  • Computer lab
  • Wi-Fi
  • Free parking at Center
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • 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

Drew Orr

Drew Orr

Center Director

Drew began working with ELS in September of 2015 as the Clemson/Greenville Center’s International Student Advisor. In addition to this role, he also assumed the responsibilities of the IELTS Administrator and Registrar. In July of 2016, he became Center Director of the Clemson/Greenville center. Drew looks forward to leading the center, fostering an environment where staff and students thrive, and working closely with both the Clemson University and Greenville communities. Prior to working at ELS, Drew received his B.A. in Communication Studies from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and his Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. He 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 education. In his spare time Drew loves to read, watch movies, play guitar, volunteer at his church, and spend time with his wife and daughter.

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.

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

Halloween & Pumpkin Carving 2016!

November 1, 2016

Students and staff showed their creativity by dressing up and carving pumpkins with some "scary" good designs!

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 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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2017 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Application

2017 ELS/Clemson-Greenville Application

2017 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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