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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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ELS/Fort Wayne is located on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). IPFW is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering more than 200 Indiana University and Purdue University degrees and certificates. It is a joint campus of two internationally recognized Big Ten schools. IPFW is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More than 14,000 students from 42 states and 68 countries attend IPFW. The university includes five colleges, one school and two divisions with 33 total departments. It also hosts 17 Centers of Excellence that integrate teaching, research and service to the community.

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 25
Bank 20
Post Office 25
Shopping Mall/Outlet 30
Supermarket 10
Movie Theater 30
Library 30
Pharmacy 20








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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

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!

Waterfield Campus(Student Residence (On Campus))

Students will be housed in on campus apartments with single bedrooms, and a shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Apartments are fully furnished with sofa, table, entertainment center, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, full bed, desk. The apartments have a local phone, internet and cable TV.

Price per Session $775
Occupancy Single, Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $145
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included


Homestay accommodation in the Fort Wayne area is within a traveling distance of 60 minutes to the Center. Students will travel by bus (at own cost).

Price per Session $800
Occupancy Single, Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $145
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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 CampusLink Bus - free service to nearby shopping and cafes! Walb Student Union - Learning Commons Area Celebrating RiverFest!
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • 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 Thomas Siferd

Shawn 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.

Jamie Sandy

Jamie Sandy

International Student Advisor

Jamie is from the great state of Ohio, but has recently moved to Ft. Wayne, IN. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art in International Language. She received her English teaching certificate (CELTA) last year in Northern Ireland, but has also taught in high schools and individually. Jamie loves to learn new languages and to learn about new cultures. She speaks French fluently and knows both German and Spanish. She has also lived in France, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, and Sierra Leone. When Jamie isn’t learning a new language, you can find her ballroom dancing, singing in the car, or watching musicals. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and laughing. Though she has not lived in Ft. Wayne for very long, she looks forward to getting to know the area and living in a “bigger” city.

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.


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

Class Pictures

June 8, 2015

ELS Fort Wayne never has a dull moment! Every session, we take pictures with our class. With small class sizes and great teachers, who wouldn't want to study here!

Global Student Celebration

May 13, 2015

ELS Fort Wayne and IPFW present our international performance night! Over 300 students, staff and community members came out to support an ELS and IPFW joint effort to showcase the diversity right here in Fort Wayne. Some countries represented include: Angola, Brazil, Burma, China, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia.

Volunteer & Clean-up

May 13, 2015

Last session, students at ELS Fort Wayne were granted the opportunity to make our world a better place. Not only did they help a local business organize their belongings, they also picked up the over 300 cigarette butts found around our building. Great job FWA students!


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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FWA Session 13 Calendar

FWA Session 13 Calendar

This session is full of festive holiday fun and local delights!

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Session 10 Activity Calendar 2014

Session 10 Activity Calendar 2014

A session full of learning about Fort Wayne and American Culture!

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Session 12 Activity Calendar

Session 12 Activity Calendar

Food and Fun filled Session 12 at ELS Fort Wayne!

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Session 2 Activity Calendar

Session 2 Activity Calendar

Fort Wayne has many things to offer for Session 2! If you enjoy new activities, trips to restaurants, karaoke, and a night for ladies then Fort Wayne is for you!

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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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