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








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Programs available at this location

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

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 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
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $40
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
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $40
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 $40
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

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  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center is 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

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.

Maia Larry

Maia Larry

International Student Advisor

Welcome to ELS-Milwaukee! I enthusiastically joined ELS in the summer of 2013. I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. As International Student Advisor, I am responsible for coordinating student activities, counseling students on immigration matters, and also serving as a source of guidance to students as needed. The many diverse cultures of the world never cease to amaze me! I love speaking with students about their experiences living in the USA, as well as their cultures back home. The ELS-Milwaukee community is a welcoming, engaging, and positive group of teachers, staff, and students. When I am not out enjoying activities with the ELS students, I am most likely at home baking something sweet, gardening or spending time with friends and family. I hope to hear your favorite activities one day, too !

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.

Stephanie Schelle

Stephanie Schelle

University Admissions and Placement Counselor

Hello! I am very excited to be part of such a fantastic team at ELS Milwaukee and to assist our students in achieving their academic goals in the United States. I have lived in Milwaukee since 2006, and obtained both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from UW-Milwaukee. I received my Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership, with a focus on Higher Education Administration and have worked in the higher education field for over 5 years. I am passionate about learning about my student’s backgrounds and interests. It is my hope that these passions allow me to easily assist you in finding the right college and smoothly transition from applying to attending your new school. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dogs by the lake, cooking, and exploring all of the great activities that Milwaukee has to offer.


March 7, 2016


My name is Christina and I'm living in Milwaukee for four months now. Originally I'm from Munich / Germany and I decided to come over to Milwaukee to attend classes at the ELS language school to improve my English. After finishing ELS with level 112, I would love to work in an international setting. I do love Milwaukee - not only because it is located at Lake Michigan and it is so close to Chicago, but also because it's a great city with lots of historic sites and great quarters to explore. ELS is an excellent language school with teachers who will do everything to help you improving your language skills. Everybody at ELS, teachers as well as the administrative staff, are always willing to help with any needs or requests to make your stay to an unforgettable one.


January 28, 2016


My name is Jingsen Huang, and I am from China. I studied in ELS Milwaukee from January 2012 to May 2012. Right now, I am a senior student in Marquette University. ELS is a great place to study English. I improved my speaking, writing and listening skills in ELS Milwaukee. I really enjoy the life in ELS Milwaukee. Teachers are kind. And there are many different activities after class. Such as go to the Milwaukee county zoo, have a chance to see the
Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA game, and see an opera. Because of the study ELS Milwaukee, my first semester in Marquette University was not that tough. It was a smooth transfer from ELS to Marquette. I appreciate all the helps from ELS Milwaukee.


Chicago Road Trip

May 18, 2016

It was a blast visiting the Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Milwaukee Art Museum

May 10, 2016

Students enjoyed a warm summer day at the Art Museum downtown Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins

April 25, 2016

It was a great day for a ballgame !

Shopping at Pleasant Prairie Outlet Mall

April 13, 2016

Students shopped till they dropped at the fabulous outlet mall located in Kenosha, WI.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio visit

April 1, 2016

For our Contact America! trip, we took our students to a dance studio. Our goal "Follow instructions and have fun" was accomplished!

Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans

March 18, 2016

Students had a blast watching the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New Orleans Pelicans.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the red Monkey

February 25, 2016

Students celebrated the Chinese New Year with ELS-Milwaukee at Jing's Chinese Restaurant, downtown Milwaukee. Teachers and Staff enjoyed fellowship with students and authentic Chinese cuisine.

Ice Skating at Red Arrow Park

January 28, 2016

Students enjoyed ice skating downtown Milwaukee at Red Arrow Park. For many it was their first time enjoying this fun American activity. Many students kept warm by enjoying a hot drink from the nearby Starbucks coffee shop.

Ice Skating at Red Arrow Park

January 28, 2016

Students enjoyed ice skating downtown Milwaukee at Red Arrow Park. For many it was their first time enjoying this fun American activity. Many students kept warm by enjoying a hot drink from the nearby Starbucks coffee shop.


2016 ELS/Milwaukee Application

2016 ELS/Milwaukee Application

2016 ELS/Milwaukee Center Application

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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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