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Columbus, OH

1216 Sunbury Road
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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Come and study in one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. On the campus of Ohio Dominican University, ELS/Columbus students will get the best of both worlds - access to a close-knit and caring liberal arts college community located in a modern and dynamic city. The host institution is located just 15 minutes from downtown on a heavily wooded campus along the historic Alum Creek, with access to a newly completed 22-mile bike and walking trail. A state of the art student union, fitness center and renovated dining facilities provide opportunities for ELS students to socialize and relax. Columbus is a great example of a 21st century American city with a vibrant cultural scene, world class health care and educational institutions, and large international communities from the Middle East, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Somalia, Nepal and Brazil. Wherever students are from they will be able to find amenities that remind them of home in a nurturing and safe environment.

  • On campus at one of U.S. News Reports Best Regional Universities (Midwest 2015)
  • Safe and family-friendly
  • Access to great schools, health care services and an affordable cost of living
  • Columbus is a college town full of young people, energy and a vibrant arts/music scene
  • ELS/Columbus closing on April 21, 2017

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45/10
Bank 45/10
Downtown Area 60/20
Post Office 5/60/20
Restaurants 5/60/20
Shopping Mall/Outlet 60/20
Sports Stadium 60/20
Supermarket 60/20
Pharmacy 60/20
Public Transportation 20/5








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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

Fitzpatrick Hall dorm room.  Rooms are double occupancy.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Live like a local with host families. American families are often very different from how they are portrayed in the media. Each one is unique; staying with an American family is an eye-opening experience into different lifestyles. It is common for families to have children and pets - the more the merrier! Everyone helps out around the house and students are responsible for keeping their bedroom area neat and generally picking up after themselves. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus line serves the Columbus area and there are two bus stops within a 15-minute walk of the Center. Students may be responsible for transportation to/from the Center.

Price per Session $890
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $75
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Fitzpatrick Hall
(Student Residence (On Campus))

***2016-2017 Winter Meal Adjustments In Effect***

Living on campus is a great choice for students who want the full university experience. Living on campus allows for more interaction with Americans and students can join the Ohio Dominican World Friendship Club, which promotes the inclusion of international students through group activities and excursions. Fitzpatrick Hall is a co-ed but gender-specific-floor residence. Students are housed in spacious double rooms. There are large community bathrooms on each floor. Laundry facilities are located in the basement. Parking is close and convenient. The common area on the first floor is a great place to meet with friends or hold a study group. Located in the heart of campus, the Center, student union, fitness center, library and other facilities are all within a 5-minute walk. The dormitory is also adjacent to the 22-mile Alum Creek Trail, making it very convenient to walk, run, or bike through a beautiful, peaceful, and secluded wetland area that was once part of the historic Underground Railroad. Upon arrival students receive bed linens and a welcome pack that includes small toiletry and food items to help them settle in after a long trip. Safety is very important. Public Safety Officers and Resident Assistants are available 24 hours per day seven days per week.

Price per Session $1100
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $75
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Students receive a meal card with a pre-determined dollar amount to be used as a declining balance. This amount is sufficient for three meals per day and can be used at any of the campus dining facilities. Hamilton Hall is a traditional dining venue serving home-style meals, fresh made pizzas, beverages, and desserts; with a salad bar and chef station. Panther Deli is located on the first floor of the student center and serves Seattle¿s Best Coffee, Simply To Go carryout items, snacks, and sandwiches made to order. The Panther Grille serves up late night eats like pizza, burgers, specialty sandwiches, and fries. During times of university closure boxed meal replacements are provided for students living on campus.

Welcome to Ohio Dominican University ODU Campus Building ODU Building ODU Student Center ODU Campus ODU Center Aerial View of the ODU Campus
  • Computer lab
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fee for parking at Center
  • Health center
  • Basketball court
  • 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...

Leanna Ross

Leanna Ross

Academic Director

Leanna is an Ohioan native who has spent most of her adult life outside of Ohio. She has pursued a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology, TESOL(120 hr.) certification, an M.A. in TESOL and is a member of the TESOL International Association and KOTESOL (Korean TESOL Organization). Leanna has international teaching experience, teaching English to students of all levels in South Korea. She has also taught international adult students from China, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Panama, Germany, and many other countries as the Curriculum Team Lead and Academic Coordinator at an intensive English program in Indiana for several years. Leanna has brought her experience, expertise, and ability to provide a “home away from home” to the students at ELS Columbus. When you see her, be sure to say, “Hello!” J


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


December 1, 2016

Lest we forget the beauty of moustaches and importance of men's health issues.

Pumpkin Carving

November 10, 2016

Students had a blast making jack-o'-lanterns

Pumpkin carving

November 10, 2016

Students tried their hand at carving pumpkins

IFI Halloween Party

November 2, 2016

A Halloween party with the IFI conversation club

Ohio State Fair

August 9, 2016

Trip to the annual state fair.

Columbus Art Festival

June 15, 2016

Great time down on the Scioto Mile

ELS/Columbus BBQ

May 19, 2016

Wings and things on a sunny day; good times.

North Market

April 13, 2016

A trip to check out Columbus' famous food market.

Hiking the Highbanks

March 15, 2016

Trip to Highbanks Metropark

Hiking the Higbanks

March 14, 2016

A spring hike at Highbanks Metropark


2017 ELS/Columbus Application

2017 ELS/Columbus Application

2017 ELS/Columbus Center Application

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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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Student Activity Calendar

Student Activity Calendar

Don't let the winter weather bring you down! This session is jam packed with things to do from cheap tickets to the Bluejackets and local movie theaters, to the center trip to Yoga on High.

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