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Houston, TX

4200 Montrose Blvd. Suite 120
Houston, TX 77006
Tel.: (713) 521-2030
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
In affiliation with: University of St. Thomas - Houston
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ELS/Houston is located adjacent to the University of St. Thomas - Houston (UST) campus and has full access to the university’s campus and facilities. A major destination for international students, Houston is America’s fourth largest city and the center of the world’s energy industry. You can enjoy weekend visits to the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Space Center Houston, Gulf of Mexico beaches and more.

  • Campus Facility Use
  • Located in the Houston Museum district
  • National Aeronautics & Space Admin. (NASA) Space Center
  • Gulf of Mexico beaches and weekend trips to San Antonio, New Orleans or Mexico are possible

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45
Bank 5
Downtown Area 30
Post Office 10/5
Restaurant(s) 10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 45/30
Supermarket 10/5
Public Transportation 5








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2016 Cost Per Session
$2040 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2016 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Richmont Square Apartments Apartment Swimming Pool Apartment Swimming Pool Outside of a Homestay Residence Outside of a Homestay Residence Homestay Students Playing Chess at Homestay Home Homestay Student Homestay Halloween Party Homestay Party

Richmont Square Apt(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Males & females are placed in separate apartments although the building is mixed male & female. Americans and former ELS students also live in Richmont Square Apartments ( Shared rooms in two bedroom off-campus apartments. Shared bathrooms (2 per apartment). Each apartment has a furnished kitchen and there are 2 swimming pools, laundry rooms and a fitness center on site. Rooms include full-kitchen, dishwasher, cable TV, and high-speed internet access. Students clean their own rooms and apartment during their stay. Cleaning service on each arrival weekend. The complex has 5 self-service laundry rooms for a small fee. Security: Gated complex with on-site security guards. ***Meningitis Vaccination Notification*** Texas State Public Health Law requires ALL students, 21 years of age and younger, including transfer students, be immunized against bacterial meningitis. Student must receive the immunization at least fourteen days prior to taking up residence in on campus housing. Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes one of the following: "A letter that indicates the month, day, and year of the immunization with the signature stamp of the physician or his/her designee;" or "An official immunization record generated from a local health department translated in English." Please submit evidence of your immunization to the Center for processing. This documentation must be received two weeks before your arrival. If this documentation is not received two weeks prior to student's arrival, it may be delay the entry in to campus housing.

Price per Session $865
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup 150
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. Students can purchase meals (with cash) in the University of St. Thomas cafeteria or prepare meals in the apartment.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students will travel by bus.

Price per Session $990
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Students younger than stated minimum might be considered upon request. Approval must first be obtained from the Center Director before confirming.
Airport Pickup 150
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Instructional Staff Administrative Staff ELS Building ELS Houston Welcome Center ELS Classroom Houston Campus Quad University of St. Thomas St. Thomas Campus Cafeteria Tennis Court Gym Campus Pool Downtown Houston Houston Skyline Soccer Field Administration Building UST Academic Mall UST Campus UST Building University of St. Thomas
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center NOT handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms NOT 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

Ray Trantham

Ray Trantham

Center Director

Ray has more than 20 years of experience working with ELS. He began as Operations Coordinator for the youth group programs in the Special Programs department. Following that, he headed up the Central Admissions Department as Director of Admissions and Student Services which included the period when the Berlitz on Campus (BOC) centers and ELS Language Centers merged. From there he literally moved on to work with the International Division's ELS Middle East franchise. For three years, he assisted with the operations management of the 12+ Language Centers located throughtout the Gulf region. After returning to the States and one and a half years of providing consulting services for several projects (which includes the Ernst & Young contract training programs), Ray is settling into his newest assignment as Center Director for ELS/Houston. Ray and the seasoned, experienced staff are well prepared to welcome you to Houston and to help you achieve your goals.

Jenny Townsend

Jenny Townsend

Academic Director

Jenny Townsend is our Academic Director. She joined ELS as an instructor in 2009 after leaving a career in journalism. She found her niche in teaching English, going on to earn a CELTA certificate (2011) and an Excellence in Teaching Award (2013). She is earning her Masters of Arts in Teaching TESOL at Alliant International University (2015). Jenny, who loves to travel, says that working at ELS is like the having the world come to her. She treasures the cultural education she receives from our students and the opportunity to share her passion for English with the world.

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson

International Student Advisor

Sara completed her degree at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. She pursued the adventure with working at ELS/Houston as the International Student Advisor in January 2011. She has experience working in the University Counseling & Disability Services and in the International Student and Scholar Services. Sara has the nurturing ability to aid students who are arriving for the first time in the country or students transferring from another part of the US. She is a native Houstonian and loves to share facts and knowledge about Texas and the USA. Sara manages the immigration status of all students and informs students of the US regulations and their responsibilities. Sara appreciates higher education and promotes it to her students who have the academic drive for the next tier of education. She wears many hats for students such as College Counselor, Immigration Officer, Mentor, Advisor, and friend. She looks forward to meeting all of her new students and greets them with a big Texas smile!


January 4, 2016


My trip to Houston, Texas did not begin the day that I
took the flight to The United States of America. It has been an amazing journey
of five years, together with The Venezuelan-American Friendship Association
(AVAA), which has become a family for hundreds of young Venezuelan students who
dream of a better future for their families and their country.

In June this year, The Embassy of The United States of
America and AVAA, provided the opportunity to live an academic experience in this
country to twelve students, with the purpose of developing their English skills
and increasing their knowledge about the American culture. Fortunately, I was
chosen to be part of this lucky group.

Traveling to Houston represented a huge adventure to
me, because I had the chance to meet new people from
different countries, which allowed me to know and learn about other
cultures, customs, beliefs and traditions. In the same way, it represented a
very exciting challenge, since it was the perfect opportunity to show everything
I learnt as a scholar of AVAA, e.g. proficiency in the English Language, leadership
of groups, oratory, and my passion for volunteering.

The person responsible for being my host was Mrs.
Marcya Waldrop, a lovely and dedicated woman, who gave me all her support during
the month I was in Houston. At the homestay, I met other students from Saudi
Arabia, Angola, Costa Rica, China and Argentina, with whom I shared stories and
facts about our countries. This journey showed me how diverse and interesting the
world is.

The scholarship award consisted of a month-long
intensive English course at ELS Language Center. This course contained subjects
such as vocabulary, writing, reading and speaking; all of them with the purpose
to improve the students’ language. In addition, the ELS’ program includes different
outdoor activities for its students. During my time at this Studies Centre, we
went to The Texas Renaissance Festival, one of the largest theme parks in the
nation, where the medieval era comes alive. If I had to describe ELS in three
words, I would choose: passion, engagement, and excellence. I am very thankful
for all the support that I received from ELS.

All those activities and my desire to explore the
city, allowed me to see the American Culture closer. This experience
represented more than an academic activity to me, because I lived incredible
moments that I never could imagined. I had to learn a lot about how to improve things
in my country, taking to other countries as an example to follow on
infrastructure issues and quality of life conditions. It was not easy, but it
was a rewarding and unforgettable life experience, I will never forget all my
Indonesian, Chinese, Bolivian, Turkish classmates, who played an important role
in this story. From this side of the world, I thank to all of them for sharing
with me this amazing journey.

Another unique opportunity was my participation at the
VIII AVAA’s Friendship Golf Tournament Houston: Chevron’s Cup. This event took
place on 30th October and it was organized by AVAA to get support
for more scholarships in Venezuela; basically as a scholar, I collaborated with
all the staff of AVAA in the logistic of the event. At the end of the
tournament, I had the chance to speak to all attendees about my experience in
Houston and how I got the scholarship. It was a touching moment for me, because
I thought about my parents and all the effort they have made to see my sister
and me as excellent professionals.

Given that there were many Venezuelan sponsors, I took
the opportunity to send a message of optimism and hope for our country, since
despite the difficult situation we are living at the moment, there are millions
of people in Venezuela who are fighting to make this country a better place to

Finally, I returned to Venezuela very grateful for the
lived experience and with a lot of dreams and plans to fulfill. But mostly, I
came back with the desire to support other Venezuelan students, who dream with
an opportunity as I had in this incredible journey.

Pedro Ignacio Barreto Linares



August 21, 2012


"The most valuable gift I received here is an English environment which greatly fostered my fresh life in the U.S. We all come from different countries, but everyone only speaks English here. We improved both spoken English and communication skills. When we do our group projects, for example, it is hard to get everyone on the same boat in the beginning because of our different ways of thinking. However, we tried our best to communicate creative ideas, to adjust team members' language mistakes and to cooperate in harmony. Finally, with our teachers' patience and encouragement, we finished our projects successfully and made huge progress in English.

Whenever I look back on the first day I came to the U.S., I see the most amazing change that happened in my life. So, ELS is not just a language school for me, it is also a window to a real English world, a bridge to further education, a theater of American culture and a big party to meet friends from other parts of the world."



August 15, 2012


"I like many different things about the ELS/Houston center. All of the teachers help and support you to learn English. I also like the way that they teach. All of the teachers have respect for the students. And I live a good life in Houston because it is a comfortable city."

-Mohamad,Saudi Arabia


August 10, 2012


"Houston can provide a good education. Also, Houston is the best place to learn English first and then get a higher level of education like a bachelor or masters degree. In addition, Houston has many beautiful places to visit for relaxing after hard work. And Houston is very cheap, so it is easy to live here."



August 10, 2012


"I like all my teachers at ELS because they're very nice and they help me with difficulties that I have. Teachers at ELS respect all of the students and all religions. I like the way the programs are given in 4-week sessions because I can see how I have improved each month."

-Hussam,Saudi Arabia


August 10, 2012


"ELS Houston organizes a series of activities outside the classroom and most of them are helpful and interesting. People in Houston are much more open and friendly than many other cities in the U.S. The Houston Center offers good quality of living and study facilities. Richmont Square Apartments is a great place to live."



August 10, 2012


"The activities are different and really fun, everyone respects you and the staff is always helpful and nice. Houston is a marvelous city with a lot of nice and amicable people. All the places and stores are huge here and you have hundreds of options of things to do everyday. And when you go out, you can be sure that you're going to have a really cool night and meet new people and have fun!"



August 10, 2012


"Houston is a great city for education. People are friendly here and there are alot of different nationalities so you get to learn about different cultures. It's just perfect for me."

-Abdulraouf,Saudi Arabia


August 10, 2012


"I like my friends here at ELS because they are from many different countries, so I can learn a lot of cultures. Now, I'm interested in many countries and I want to learn cultures not only American but also Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mexico and more. I am thankful for and respect my friends here at ELS."

-Masayo Satoh,Japan


August 10, 2012


"ELS/Houston has many good teachers. The teachers are very friendly and kind. The location is good because it is near the University of St. Thomas which is good because it puts us in touch with American people."

"Houston is a good city with a lot of international people and good restaurants."

-Talat,Saudi Arabia


August 10, 2012


"There is not much pressure in the class, and everyone can discuss questions happily, and sometimes I can feel a little relaxed. Our teachers are all kind, knowledgeable and humorous."

"Houston is not a crowded city and the sky is always clean."



August 10, 2012


"Houston is a good location. We can find differend kinds of food here, such as Thai food, Mexican food, Chinese food and Japanese food. In addition to my English classes, I love American food, American culture and American TV."


Yan "Joy" Zhou, China

June 2, 2010

I have been studying at ELS for three months and I really enjoy the time at ELS. Teachers at ELS are very helpful. They taught me not only English but also the right way to study. All I want to say at this minute is "Thank you!"

- Yan Zhou

Koichi Kondo, Japan

May 17, 2010

My 3-week program was very exciting. I really enjoyed life in Houston. My homestay host family was very nice and hospitable to me. The ELS teachers were very nice and my personal teacher was dedicated. Every day, she gave me a lot of homework. Sometimes it was tough for me; especially the essays, because my vocabulary was not very good. All of the ELS staff was very friendly and kind. I’d like to say “Thank you for your support you gave to me!!”

Husain Hashem, Saudi Arabia

May 17, 2010

Thank you ELS for everything that helped me a lot to improve my English skills. I realized that when I came to ELS, Houston, I didn’t know how to speak or to write, but by practicing the language with native American teachers, I saw a difference. Also, ELS has given me the good opportunity to live in a different culture and to know how to respect others’ beliefs. On the other hand, what I liked the most about ELS is the wonderful friendships between the students and teachers. I recommend to anyone who wants to improve his or her English skills to try ELS, Houston and you will see the difference.

- Husain Hashem

Pedro Pulido Alcazar, Mexico

April 22, 2010

The following comments are my experience about my English course at the ELS Language Center in Houston. I was attending my English course for four weeks. Anne was my teacher and she had a lot of patience to teach me English. I liked Anne's method of teaching. She was funny; but always responded to all of my questions. I learned the exact pronunciation of many words. I had many problems with pronunciation, and I hoped to eliminate my problems by practicing with the books that ELS gave me. All the staff at the Houston Language Center was nice. They gave me unconditional support with solving problems and clarify any doubts that I had. Now I am able to understand conversations much better than before arrived at the Houston school. I appreciate all kind of support that I received during my course.

Giulio Parodi, Italy

March 22, 2010

ELS is a school where you can learn English and get to know a lot of people from different countries. The activities that are planed allow you to get to know the culture of the US and the State of Texas. I would recommend to other students to participate in as many of the activities as they can; and to try to listen and speak English inside and outside of the school. But what I liked most about my experience were the nice friendships that developed between the students and teachers.

I hope to see everybody soon!

Nasraldin Alarbi, Libya

September 1, 2009

ELS is not only an educational institution, it is a place to get to know people from all over the world and have a lot of fun participating in the activities the school offers to its students, that includes going to watch live NBA basketball games, arranging trips to other cities, having student picnics, going to music concerts and so on. Thank you ELS for the unforgettable experience you gave me. To anyone who wants to learn English as well as enjoy it and have fun, ELS Houston is the right destination.

Internationl Pot Luck Lunch

January 29, 2016

January 2016 Session 1 international pot luck lunch.

Internationl Pot Luck Lunch

January 29, 2016

January 2016 Session 1 international pot luck lunch.

Internationl Pot Luck Lunch

January 29, 2016

January 2016 Session 1 international pot luck lunch.

Internationl Pot Luck Lunch

January 29, 2016

January 2016 Session 1 international pot luck lunch.


2016 ELS/Houston Application

2016 ELS/Houston Application

2016 ELS/Houston Center Application

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ELS at the University of St. Thomas

ELS at the University of St. Thomas

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

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Homestay Flyer

Homestay Flyer

Homestay Flyer

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Houston Campus Map

Houston Campus Map

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January 2016 International Pot Luck Lunch

January 2016 International Pot Luck Lunch

International Pot Luck Lunch

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

ELS/Houston students enjoying a beautiful fall day at the Texas Renaissance Festival - the largest RenFest in the U.S.

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Sharing a smoked turkey leg at the TexRenFest

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Having fun and posing with one of the statues at the TexRenFest.

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Watching the chariot races at the TexRenFest.

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Enjoying the TexRenFest with a local lord.

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