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Milwaukee, WI

1834 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tel.: 414-344-9325
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Marquette University
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ELS/Milwaukee is located on the Marquette University campus. Marquette is a large private college that is ranked among the top universities. Milwaukee offers many outdoor activities, including sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing on Lake Michigan. Other options include diverse restaurants, cultural festivals, museums and professional sports.

  • Private university campus location that is ranked among the nation's top universities
  • Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin
  • A clean and friendly city
  • Free access to Helfa Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center facilities

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 15 or 60








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

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2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their own transportation. Most students use the bus to come to the campus/ELS.

Price per Session $815
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $60
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Campus Town West(Student Residence (On Campus))

Each apartment has two-bedrooms, which can accommodate four students. Apartments include a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and dishes, two extra-long twin beds with pillows and bed linens in each bedroom, alarm clock/radio, dresser, desk, closet, a full bathroom and wireless Internet access.

Price per Session $720
Occupancy Double, Double, Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $60
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

Ivy on 14th Apartments(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Ivy on 14th opened its¿ doors on August 14th, 2014, and it is conveniently located directly adjacent to the Marquette University campus. Ivy on 14th offers shared, double bedrooms, and shared double bathrooms. When a bedroom is shared, students are usually paired with another student from a different country, but may also have a roommate from the same country. Students are assigned an apartment based on availability.
Each bedroom is provided with linens (mattress cover, bed sheets, 2 blankets, 1 towel and pillow) and is equipped with a desk and closet space. Each student has access to a fully equipped kitchen, with plates, pots & pans, cutlery and cooking utensils.
The surrounding area is a mixed-use development that also features Burger King, Subway and Tangled (a noodle restaurant) to provide convenient options for residents and the surrounding community.
The Off Campus Housing offers the following advantages: -Located on Marquette campus -Walking distance to ELS Language Center -Brand new building -Open-Concept Floor plans -Shared living rooms with 42¿ Flat Screen Living Room TV -Granite Countertops -Large Closets -Custom Cabinets -Stainless Steel Gourmet Kitchen Appliances -Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
The six-story, building offers numerous amenities for students, including: -On-site building manager and the apartment office is open 7 days a week to assist students -In-unit washers and dryers -High-end unit finishes -Indoor heated parking with bike storage -Fitness center -Mac and Dell lab -Study rooms and -State-of-the-art clubroom with daily coffee bar.

Price per Session $720
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $60
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

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  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Only some 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

Lori Bares

Lori Bares

Center Director

Welcome to the City of Festivals! My name is Lori Bares and I am the Center Director at the Milwaukee ELS Center located on the Marquette University campus. I started at ELS Milwaukee in February 2013. I come to ELS with a background in Business and Education. My professional background includes organizational management, training and instruction. My position at ELS allows me to bring all those areas together to provide a quality program for our students. I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I lived in four other states, but now call Wisconsin home. Milwaukee is a great place to enjoy all four seasons, from taking a Fall hike, skiing in the winter, gardening in the Spring and enjoying Summer Fest at the Lakeside. At ELS Milwaukee, we believe learning does not end in the classroom. We assist our students with many resources so they can understand and learn the culture in Milwaukee. I am looking forward to working with your students at ELS Milwaukee!

Sara Miller

Sara Miller

Academic Director

Sara grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Political Science, she went on to teach English in Spain for over five years. Following that, she lived and taught in Chile.

Jessica Esser

Jessica Esser

Assistant Academic Director

Hi! I joined ELS Milwaukee with five years of teaching experience in ESL and Spanish. My education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies as well as a Masters’ in Curriculum and instruction with emphasis in ESL and Bilingual Education. I was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, but have lived in Spain, Chile, and Denver, Colorado. I enjoy discovering new and interesting places, discussing current events, listening to different types of music, and spending time with my friends and family. Teaching ESL continues to be my passion. I really enjoy working with international students from all over the world and am fortunate to work in an environment that puts me in contact with so many wonderful people!

Megan Stewart

Megan Stewart

International Student Advisor

I am very excited to be a part of such a wonderful and passionate group at ELS Milwaukee. In the past four years I have traveled all over East Asia and even lived in Shanxi, China where I taught English as a foreign language. Currently, I am studying for a Masters in Applied Linguistics and TESOL with the University of Portsmouth, England via their distance learning program. It is my hope that my passions for working with people and my experience working with students from around the world will help make students at ELS Milwaukee feel welcome and find a home away from home. When I am not working or studying, I love to cook and go out for coffee with my friends. In the summer you can find me riding my bike around the city and spending time by beautiful Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is fortunate to be so close to the lake, the people here are truly proud of it! Best Wishes, Ms. Megan

Violeta Pfingsten

Violeta Pfingsten


Violeta came to the United States from her native Lithuania 10 years ago. She studied English and secured a job at Berlitz in Milwaukee. She joined ELS Milwaukee in the spring of 2012 as registrar and brings an personal understanding of the challenges our students encounter coming to the United States to learn English. She truly enjoys the interaction she has with our students and helping them adjust to life in Milwaukee.

Maia Larry

Maia Larry

Administrative Assistant

Maia Larry joined ELS in July of 2013 as Administrative Assistant to the Director. Maia holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from Judson University. As Administrative Assistant, Maia works closely with the Administrative team, providing comprehensive support for a variety of ongoing projects. Prior to her employment at ELS, Maia worked for five years in a Neurologist Office as the Office Manager. She has over seven years experience in clerical positions, with extensive experience in the fields of administration, secretarial and customer service. In her free time, Maia enjoys gardening, baking, and going on a simple walk.

Spring 2015 - Student Activities

May 5, 2015

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ELS at Milwaukee

ELS at Milwaukee

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

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ELS Milwaukee Activity Calendar

ELS Milwaukee Activity Calendar

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