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Fort Wayne, IN

2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Tel.: 260-481-0357
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
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Fort Wayne is a city of growth, development and exciting options for study and living. For those who enjoy shopping, there are two large shopping malls (with H&M, and Abercrombie),movie theaters and restaurants. Fort Wayne has over 80 kilometers of trails winding through the city reaching to all areas. Throughout the seasons festivals take place nearly every weekend. Each festival is distinctive and offers new experiences. Fort Wayne has a vibrant arts and culture scene and offers several museums throughout the downtown area.The unique characteristics of Fort Wayne provide an ideal location for both study and entertainment.

  • ELS/Fort Wayne offices and classrooms are conveniently located in one building
  • ELS students have easy and free access to university resources such as the athletic center and library
  • Coffee and tea provided for all students
  • ELS/Fort Wayne provides one-on-one university counseling
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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30
Bank 20/15/5
Downtown Area 60/20/15
Post Office 20/10/5
Restaurants 10/5/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 45/30/10
Sports Stadium 20/10/5
Supermarket 20/10/5
Pharmacy 10/5/2
Public Transportation 30/15/10








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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

On Campus Housing Courtyard The Clubhouse offers a state of the art fitness room. Additional Computer Lab and Printing Facilities Furnishings include a full size bed, linens, and a towel. A desk is located in your private room for quiet study time. The kitchen is equipped with plates, utensils, and cookware. After a long day studying come home and relax!


Students staying with ELS host families will take Fort Wayne Public Transportation (CitiLink) to and from their homes. Host families will be located within 60 minutes of the Center by bus. Two bus lines stop directly at the university. If the host family lives outside of the bus system, the host family will provide transportation.

Price per Session $800
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $130
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Waterfield Campus(Student Residence (On Campus))

Students will be housed in on-campus apartments with single private bedrooms. Housing is located directly across from the university and about a 10-minute walk from the ELS Center. Students will enjoy a private bedroom with a shared living space and kitchen. Each apartment is fully furnished which includes the following items: kitchen cookware and cutlery, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, table, sofa, television (with cable), local landline telephone, Wi-Fi and cleaning supplies. Additionally, each private bedroom is furnished with a linens, pillows, towels and a warm comforter.

Price per Session $740
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $130
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

IPFW Athletics Center Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne IPFW Entrance ELS Reception Area ELS Fort Wayne IPFW Mastodon Statue Rhinehart Music Center IPFW Student Services Center Willis Bridge Walb Student Union - Learning Commons Area Celebrating RiverFest!
  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Free parking at Center
  • Free parking at Host Institution
  • Health center
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • 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

Jennifer Dressen

Jennifer Dressen

Center Director

Jennifer holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in International Relations. She is passionate about travel, and has lived, studied, and worked in India, Nepal, and Korea. Jennifer has concentrated on intercultural communication in her career and has experience with cross-cultural training, recruitment and administration. Having recently moved to Fort Wayne from Portland, Jennifer enjoys discovering her new city and being able to share all the wonderful aspects of what is offered at ELS Fort Wayne!

Shawn (Tom) Thomas Siferd

Shawn (Tom) Thomas Siferd

Academic Director

Shawn Thomas has been teaching English to university students for over 12 years in 3 separate countries including the United States. He has a BA in English, an MA in TESOL, and two separate TESOL certifications. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and spending time outdoors with his wife and son. Shawn Thomas enjoys living in Fort Wayne because of the diverse population, variety of activities, and seasonal changes.

Christopher Segur

Christopher Segur

University Admissions and Placement Counselor

Although he may appear to be another student at ELS, Chris is in fact the new University Placement and Admissions Counselor (UPAC) here at ELS Fort Wayne. He was adopted from the Philippines, grew up in the state of Connecticut, and just arrived from his beloved Boston at the end of June 2015. Prior to completing his MA in International Relations and International Communications at Boston University, Chris spent time abroad teaching in both Brazil and Ecuador. His favorite activities include watching soccer and supporting Liverpool FC, playing volleyball, and camping.

Michael Maszkiewicz

Michael Maszkiewicz


Michael hails from Fort Wayne and graduated from IPFW with a BA in French. He has taught English in France, Italy and the US. Michael went on to earn a dual MA in journalism and French linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington. Michael’s hobbies are traveling and languages. He has visited 30 countries and speaks French, Italian and Russian. He also enjoys cooking and has worked as a chef in America and France. Ask him for his favorite recipe! Michael recently returned to Fort Wayne after a 25-year absence. He believes that his native city is an ideal location to live, work, raise a family…and learn English as a second language.

Meagan Phenix-Freewalt

Meagan Phenix-Freewalt


Meagan is originally from Colorado Springs, where she enjoyed snowboarding and hiking in the mountains. After high school she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. She has an MA in English and graduate TESOL certificate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before moving to Fort Wayne, she lived in China for 1 year where she taught English to children at Disney English. She loves teaching and learning about new cultures!


September 27, 2016


I came to Fort Wayne because I expected that there would not be many Japanese people and I would have the opportunity to speak English. I was recommended to come to the middle of America because I heard it was a good experience.

I am from Tokyo so there a lot of changes. It was so strange that there no sidewalks. You don’t have to use a car in Tokyo to get around. I thought Indiana would be very conservative, but people have been very nice to me and very open. I am a student at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and my major is Arabic. My school teaches 27 different languages. I came to ELS, I expected to meet a lot of people from many different countries.

Being able to communicate with people who could not speak my language I learned a lot of things besides English. I didn’t expect younger people to inspire me. I met people from other countries who were younger than me, and I was able to get know them. I saw other people give such amazing effort
and talent.

One of the most difficult things for me was being able to express myself. I am 22 years old, but I felt like I was only able to express myself as a 5 year old when I first came here. I stayed in on campus dorms and it was so helpful to have friends at ELS who were also non-native speakers. They understood how I felt and always cheered me up.

I think having studied English will help me find a good job. Remember, don’t be afraid of speaking English, and always respect older people.



January 4, 2016


Studying at ELS Fort Wayne was a fruitful experience. Under the guidance of friendly and dedicated teachers, not only did I improve my fluency in English, but also – and above all – I acquired relevant information on the American culture, geography, and lifestyle. The fact that the ELS is located within a university campus (Indiana Purdue University in Fort Wayne – IPFW) provided me with access to a well-equipped library and fitness center, as well as to diverse activities such as concerts, plays, and sports games. Furthermore, living at IPFW Student Housing placed me within walking distance to all the facilities of the campus and allowed me to interact with both international students and native speakers of English.


December 17, 2015


I wanted to improve my English because it is necessary for my work. Being in Indiana helped me improve my English. Living in Fort Wayne also helped me improve my understanding of culture and tolerance. Living here was a wonderful experience because the people were friendly to me and it had all of the services I needed. Additionally, Fort Wayne is a very quiet and great place to live. Every time I would walk around, I would meet new people and discover new things. I would advise new students to participate in your classes as much as you can. This is the best way to learn and improve your English. So, don’t be shy! It is fine if you make mistakes because this is the way you learn. You just need to try your best!



July 11, 2014


First of all, I love all the instructors and how they act and how they treat students. They treat them like a family and they are very helpful. I love the way that the school is very organized and the way they grade students because it’s very clear and you can understand. Everyone knows how to pass the level and what to do to succeed in your level. There are always activities going on! Cedar Point was my favorite activity as it was the best of the best. It was perfect! I’m going to miss the staff, the teachers, and I feel like I am among my family. Now that I have graduated, I am going to study at Widener School of Law to study law. Some advice I’d like to give is that school is not everything to help you improve your language. You have to put a lot of effort in order to improve your language and don’t compare yourself with others. The circumstances that happen to other students might not happen with you. Don’t get so disappointed if you don’t see the results early because in the process of learning any language you have to be very patient.

-Naif,Saudi Arabia

Global Student Celebration

November 22, 2016

ELS partnered with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech to host the annual Global Student Celebration for International Education Week. A magnificent display of culture and exposing the beauty in our differences. Students participation in performances, the Parade of Nations, and country fair made the evening a true success.

Halloween Party

November 16, 2016

We celebrated Halloween with bobbing for apples and charades!

Session 10 The Corn Maze

October 14, 2016

We had fun (and got a little lost) in one of the largest corn mazes in Northern Indiana.

Session 8 - Hiking at Fox Island

July 20, 2016

This session we ventured outdoors and hiked in one of Fort Wayne's beautiful parks. The weather was perfect for our hike and we even took the opportunity to swim and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Session 6 - Kayaking

June 27, 2016

Students had a great time kayaking the St.Joe River. For many, this was the first time kayaking.

Session 5 - Animal Sanctuary Trip

June 1, 2016

Students and staff traveled to Albion, IN where we visited Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. This wonderful place is home to abandoned and neglected exotic animals.

Session 5 Graduation - Another Alumni Joins the Family

June 1, 2016

ELS/Fort Wayne congratulates our newest graduate!


2017 ELS/Fort Wayne Application

2017 ELS/Fort Wayne Application

2017 ELS/Fort Wayne Center Application

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ELS at Indiana University Purdue University- Fort Wayne

ELS at Indiana University Purdue University- Fort Wayne

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

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Session 10, 2016 Activity Calendar

Session 10, 2016 Activity Calendar

The weather may still be warm but fall is quickly approaching.

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Session 11, 2016 Activity Calendar

Session 11, 2016 Activity Calendar

We have Spooky and Fun things planned for Session 11!

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Session 12, 2016 Activity Calendar

Session 12, 2016 Activity Calendar

This session we will participate in a few cold weather activities. Ice skating and toboggan riding are on the agenda!

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Session 13, 2016 Activity Calender

Session 13, 2016 Activity Calender

We will be celebrating the holidays this session.

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Top 10 Reasons to Study at ELS/Fort Wayne

Top 10 Reasons to Study at ELS/Fort Wayne

Provides a list of the top 10 reasons for studying at our ELS/Fort Wayne Center.

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