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Columbus, OH

1216 Sunbury Rd
Columbus, OH 43219
Tel.: 614-251-7360
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Ohio Dominican University
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ELS/Columbus is located at Ohio Dominican University, which is about 15 minutes northeast of downtown Columbus. The safe, residential and wooded campus features a bookstore, dining areas, recreation area, wellness center and a fitness area. Columbus is home to numerous museums and galleries, sports teams, the top-ranked zoo and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The city hosts an exciting nightlife.

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 15








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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

ELS/Columbus student enjoys spending time with his host family in Clintonville. ELS/Columbus student enjoys spending time with his host family in Clintonville. ELS/Columbus student enjoys spending time with his host family in Whitehall. Fitzpatrick Hall dorm room.  Rooms are double occupancy.

Fitzpatrick Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

***2015 Temporary Summer Meal Adjustments apply***

Students at ELS - Columbus will have the option of living on campus in double rooms in Fitzpatrick Hall, a co-ed, gender-segregated by floor, modern high-rise. Fitzpatrick Hall is the facility which also houses ELS offices and classrooms. There are community bathrooms on each wing of the floors. The Fireside Lounge, located on the first floor, is a great place to meet with friends or hold a study group.

Price per Session $1100
Occupancy Double, Double, Double, Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $130
Meals / week or Meal Credit
10 meals per week.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host families are responsible in providing students transportation to and from the Center. All students will travel by private transportation.

Price per Session $890
Occupancy Single, Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $130
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • 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

Bryan Harsar

Bryan Harsar

Center Director

Bryan was born and raised in Ohio and then went abroad. He spent seven years in China, and also had the opportunity to travel around western Europe, the Caribbean, and southeast Asia. He holds a BA in Philosophy and English Literature, a Cambridge CELTA and an MA in Applied Linguistics. He's happy to be back in the Buckeye state with ELS/Columbus...O-H...

Geoff Anderson

Geoff Anderson

Academic Director

Geoff Anderson is a former ELS teacher with an MA in TESL and a BA in English and Italian. He also studied at the Universita’ per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, where he learned to take coffee black and make pasta by hand. He is passionate about language learning and enjoys helping students meet their academic goals.

Jasmine Marks

Jasmine Marks

International Student Advisor

Jasmine is truly excited to be the International Student Advisor for ELS/Columbus. She graduated with a BA in Music from Hiram College. Jasmine had the opportunity to study abroad in China and immediately jumped at it. Since returning from China in the spring of 2011, Jasmine has searched for a position that combines an enriching educational experience with cultural immersion – so she was understandably happy when she found out about ELS! Jasmine loves to sing and you will probably hear her humming at the welcome desk – don’t be shy – join in!


January 8, 2015



I like the family atmosphere the most. Even though everybody comes to the program to learn English, there is something more behind it. Everyone,especially teachers, care not only for improving English, but also they really care about who you are and where come from.


Studying at ELS helps you to find a way to overcome your culture shock. Because everyone is so friendly here, you would know that you are not alone. Moreover, ELS program prepares students for future education at the university, academic’s structure of the program is designed for the students to be ready for challenges in the future.


My English has improved in many ways, but the most helpful for me were tons of group discussions in the classroom where I needed to express myself without preparing. It was the best practice!


When I came to the program, I did not expect that I met such a great number of Arabic students. I learned a lot about their culture and religion. I even had many opportunities to try some of their national food; so delicious.



September 18, 2014



“I love the people here so much. All the classmates and
teacher are definitely sincere and nice. ELS for me is a first step in America, but brings me a strong feeling that I was accepted. Making friends with people who do not care about where you come from. Learning culture and language opened my mind and thoughts. We are like a big family and everyone is precious here.”


“Studying at ELS can help students prepare earlier for their
future study or work. At ELS, you must use English everyday, which is beneficial to your English skills. Another thing is studying abroad must trigger some cultural conflicts. Studying at ELS gives the chance for a foreign student to adapt to the culture in fun ways. Sometimes when students enter college directly, they might not have to sense the culture deeply in that first busy year. The friends you make here will be the most cherished part from your time abroad.”


“We have classes like SSP for speaking and SEC for
presentation. Our classes include a lot of in class discussions. I practiced my speaking a lot during class and exchanged ideas with people from different countries. Now I can handle daily communication and I can understand native English speakers who even speak fast! I can also express everything that I want to say. I can even make jokes and laugh together by using English.”


“There are a lot of Arabic students here, so I was so
excited to learn about their culture, language, and food, especially KABSA! I also got the chance to learn words in each language and to play games with my friends.”


ELS Students Speak: Francisco Reyes

September 27, 2013

Ohio State Fair

August 20, 2015

The summer is not complete without a trip to the fair.

Nelson Park Bee Bee Que, Paint Break and Sundae Bar

June 18, 2015

Grilled meats, cool treats and a creative break - what more could you ask for?


June 9, 2015

What summer would be complete without a trip to the zoo and an obligatory shot of our legendary center breakfasts.


10B15 Student Activity Calendar

10B15 Student Activity Calendar

Autumn has arrived and with cooler weather and college football comes the ELS/Columbus Art Contest and a trip to COSI. Both not to be missed events!

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ELS at Ohio Dominican University

ELS at Ohio Dominican University

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

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