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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 beautiful campus of Marquette University. The picturesque city of Milwaukee is safe and beautiful, with many chances to experience American culture through food, festivals, music and the four seasons. Milwaukee offers many outdoor activities including sailing, bike riding and hiking. <br/>Milwaukee borders 22,300 square miles of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is home to world famous companies such as Harley Davidson, Miller Brewing Company, Man Power Group, Northwestern Mutual and Johnson Controls. ELS/Milwaukee is located just West of downtown Milwaukee. For those who want to explore beyond Milwaukee's city limits, Chicago and great outlet malls are just a couple hours away.

  • Private university campus that is ranked among the nation's top universities
  • Milwaukee is the largest city in the Wisconsin
  • Free access to the University Recreation Center & Library
  • Easy weekend trips to Chicago
  • Easy access to public transportation
  • Convenient on and off campus housing including homestay option
  • Clean, friendly, and safe city located on beautiful Lake Michigan
  • Offices & classrooms located in one building
  • Join us on Social Media #ELSCenters #ELSMilwaukee

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

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








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Programs available at this location

2017 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

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2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

ELS/Milwaukee has a variety of families and homes for their location.
The average commute time is currently 35-45 minutes by car, and in some cases, host families are willing to provide transportation, although not required. The Center's homestays are conveniently located close to bus stop;s, so students have the freedom to travel at their own pace. Almost all new homestay families are less than 30-40 minutes by public transportation.
Home types vary, but in general, ELS host families live in safe and pleasant neighborhoods near the Center. ELS students will be assigned single rooms, some with shared bathrooms. All homes have heating and air conditioning, along with wireless internet. ELS students will have access to kitchen and laundry areas in the home.

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))

The Residence Hall is located on Marquette University Campus. Wi-Fi service is available. Laundry facilities (for a fee) are available in the basement of the building. This is a co-ed dorm  community bathrooms. The rooms have a closets, bed, desk and chairs. Linens are provided. The Residence is located near several popular restaurants,  a convenience store and a parking lot. The building has an onsite manager. The students share a kitchen, dining and living room space. The apartment is two floors.  Two bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. The main floor has the kitchen, living and dining room. One bedroom and bathroom is also located on the lower level.

Price per Session $790
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $40
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

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  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • 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.


July 7, 2016


My name is Hiro, and I'm from Japan. I have studied at ELS Milwaukee for 7 months. I work at a company in Japan and have studied English at ELS for my business. I really appreciate the respectable teachers and great friends I met. They always encouraged me and gave a good motivation.

Also, I have obtained a lot of experiences, not only studying English but also other cultures. There are many friends who came from different countries. I was very interested in talking about different cultures in English.

In addition, Milwaukee is a fantastic city! You can go to the lakeside to relax. There are a lot of music festivals to attend. I liked listening to music and drinking beer is awesome there! In addition, there are professional sports teams, such as Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks. You can watch NBA games and MBL games live. It's very exciting! There are a lot of advantages to studying in Milwaukee with different cultures. Studying at ELS Milwaukee will be the most wonderful memory for my life. I really would like to return to Milwaukee someday. I want to recommend to others, ELS Milwaukee. Study English and enjoy all the activities there is to do!



June 21, 2016


My name is Ahmed Al Mansori. I am from Qatar. ELS helped me to improve my English
overall, it helped me be a better academic. At the beginning you will face
challenges while learning, but with the help of the teachers, you will grow your
study skills. Also, the city was great; I loved the Milwaukee football stadium.
I enjoyed walking next to the river. The best thing was the clean lake and it's
beach. Camping in the national park was an exciting experience for me as well.
I am used to camping in the desert, but this was my first time in the woods.
Milwaukee museum engaged my interest in dinosaurs, now I want to learn more
about them. No one can imagine the fun I had while making a snowman. I may
leave to Miami, but my heart will stay in Milwaukee.


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.


ELS Christmas Party

January 5, 2017

Students and Teachers enjoyed a potluck together. Then everyone played a game to see who could make the best Santa Claus and Reindeer.

Fast Track Graduation

January 5, 2017

Congratulation to our Fast Track students !!! Soon to be Marquette Students !!!

Bingo at ELS

November 17, 2016

Students who got Bingo before others could win FREE Starbucks !

Harley-Davidson Museum

November 2, 2016

Students learned the history of motorcylces at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Palermo's Pizza Making Lesson

September 27, 2016

Students took a tour of Palermo%27s Pizza Factory located in the heart of Milwaukee. Then students rolled up their sleeves and made their own American Pizza.Lastly their pizza was baked right before their eyes in a enormous wood burning oven. Everyone agreed that the pizza was delicious.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

September 7, 2016

Student dipped into the Renaissance Era at the Annual Bristol Renaissance Faire located in Kenosha, WI.

Adventure Rock

August 29, 2016

Students conquered Rock Climbing this session !

Six Flags Great America

July 22, 2016

Students celebrated Independence day by going to Six Flags Great America !!!!

Historic Milwaukee Boat Tour

June 16, 2016

It was a beautiful 90 degree outside !!! We hopped on the boat and relaxed with friends, while learning the history of 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.


2017 ELS/Milwaukee Application

2017 ELS/Milwaukee Application

2017 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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Session 9B-Activity Calendar

Session 9B-Activity Calendar

The weather is hot and so are these fun activities !!!

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