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Grand Forks, ND

221 Centennial Dr.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel.: (701) 777-6785
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of North Dakota
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ELS/Grand Forks is located in Grand Forks, on the University of North Dakota campus. Grand Forks is a college town of 56,000 on the North Dakota/Minnesota border. The university has a robust and active student life that supports a wide range of interests. The University has 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, including hockey, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, track and field, and more. Students can join 275+ organizations and clubs that represent a wide variety of interests. Special events like UND Feast of Nations and UND Cultural Nights bring the campus community together to celebrate diversity.

  • Enrollment of 15,000
  • Small town feel
  • Safe learning environment
  • World-recognized aerospace and aviation programs
  • Easy access to health and wellness facilities
  • Newly renovated cafeteria with many healthy food choices
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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 20
Bank 20/10/20
Downtown Area 30/15/15/10
Post Office 5
Restaurants 20/15/10
Sports Stadium 10
Supermarket 30/15/15/10
Pharmacy 10
Public Transportation 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

Enjoy the Adventure

2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

Residence Hall: Dorm Room Residence Halls Residence Halls: Cafeteria Wellness Facility Residence Hall: Dorm Room Students can walk or bike from residence halls to class.

University of North Dakota Residence Halls(Student Residence (On Campus))

\*Newly remodeled cafeteria with many food options \*Modern study and collaborative spaces \*Close proximity to the Center

Price per Session $980
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $65
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Students receive a meal card with a declining balance, covering 3 meals per day.

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Students can live with an American family. Most families live close to campus. Traveling by bus may be required. Practice English and make friends for a lifetime.

Price per Session $775
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $65
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Grand Forks Center Grand Forks Wellness Center Grand Forks Olympic Size Pool Grand Forks Hockey Stadium Grand Forks Ralph Engelstad Arena Grand Forks Aerospace Building University of North Dakota in the Winter Grand Forks Adelphi Fountain Grand Forks Library Grand Forks University Park Grand Forks Wellness Center Aviation Training Grand Forks University Bookstore
  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Music practice rooms
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • Student Health Center
  • 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

Bella Hettich

Bella Hettich

Center Director

Bella's academic background is in foreign language education and linguistics. She has been with the center since 2005. Prior to ELS, she taught as a college lecturer/professor in the fields of ESL, linguistics and English. She also worked as an administrator and Russian translator in international development agencies. She loves Grand Forks for its kind people and convenient living.

Jill Caya

Jill Caya

Academic Director

Jill has been teaching in a range of settings for 14 years. She taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia. Jill also taught English to refugee and immigrant high school students and adults in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She started working at ELS Grand Forks in 2008. Jill loves all of the outdoor activities in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Greenway is more than twice the size of New York City’s Central Park with more than 20 miles of biking paths, city parks, boating and fishing areas, and campgrounds, and it is one of her favorite places in Grand Forks.

Silas Pera

Silas Pera


Silas has studied English at Midland College and the University of North Dakota. He has taught writing at the University of North Dakota and ESL in Grand Forks for several years.

Ron Vossler

Ron Vossler


Ron is a professional writer, speaker, and film-maker, and has recently been named as North Dakota Poet Laureate. He grew up in a bi-lingual home (German dialect and English) in the center of North Dakota, and now lives in East Grand Forks. His books, articles, essays, poems, and other works have been published in the United States, Canada, Germany and Ukraine. He has taught ESL in Central Asia, and has many years of experience teaching writing to university students. When he is not teaching at ELS as a substitute, Ron is working on his ninth book.

Melanie Newman Morrow

Melanie Newman Morrow


Melanie has more than five years of experience teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States and abroad. She holds a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She spent two years teaching English in the South Pacific country of Tonga with her husband. She also worked eight years in broadcast journalism as a television news photographer, reporter and producer. Melanie is originally from North Dakota and is happy to be back working with international students in her home state.


June 8, 2015


ELS is not only a school, it is also a home for me.
At ELS, I didn't learn just English but also Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish. In this Center I made many friends from different cultures and countries, I learned that English is very important to me if I want achieve my goals. Even though in the beginning everything was difficult because of the language and the new environment, I learned that it was just a phase and everything became a piece of cake. This experience was one of the most exciting in my life. I enjoy very much the time that I spent in ELS. ELS showed me many things that I didn't know when I came to the US. I spent more than a year learning English at ELS. If I'm speaking and writing in English, it is because of ELS. ELS gave me an essential education preparation in order to study in an American university and college. The classes are very fun and interesting. The teachers are awesome, to say the least. Each of them had a different method to teaching and they gave to students many opportunities to speak inside or outside from the school. I don't know what I have to say more about ELS. I just want to say that I'm thankful for all months I spent in this Center and I will never forget what I learned here.



June 8, 2015


I am unsure of what to write in a couple words to describe my experience at the ELS Center. First, during such and amazing time I have met many different people with different beliefs. I fulfilled one of my dreams; making new friends from all over the world. Everyone together at ELS brings me an undiscovered feeling of happiness. Therefore, ELS Center filled a gap in my life. Thank you!


Zi Jin

April 28, 2015


I'm glad I have been here to access the great English education. ELS has a fabulous environment in which to study. North Dakota is also one of the safest states which is nice. Most people from this city are friendly and they always give me a hand. A good environment can influence many things, such as our emotion and study. I feel lucky I decided to come here.
ELS has a great English education. Teachers are friendly and they helped me a lot. They always encourage me to try to solve many problems. I also like to talk to the teachers to improve my English. Overall, the teachers are great and ELS has the best teachers I have ever met!
One of the great parts in ELS life is meeting friends who are from different countries and nationalities. I like to talk with them because I can understand many things which I have never heard before. For instance, we share our cultures and customs; we also help each other with our English skills.
The greatest part of ELS is activities. There are many activities which I have never tried in China, and they are exciting because we can get together with students from around the world who make life amazing. The activity I enjoyed the most was skiing! I also like to go the movie theater because movies are a good way to practice my language skills.
All of these wonderful ELS experiences will be buried deep in my heart forever.

-Zi Jin ,China

Delcio Cardoso

October 16, 2014


Well, let me begin by stating that study abroad is not an easy task for anyone! Personally, I left my home country without speaking any English and I believe that taking a English course at one of the ELS language centers was definitely the best choice I have made. At the ELS I could not only learn English as a second language, but also I could learn basic skills that would be beneficial for my academic journey or even for my future career. For instance, in reading classes, we were taught how to think critically and how to come up with arguments or questions every time we read something. Also, besides focusing on improving students' writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills, it seems to me that the ELS is also concerned about getting students involved in American culture. That is, while in ELS, I took part in various activities (though I should have done more!) where students had to interact with each other and speak with Americans as a way of practicing what they have learnt in class. That was really helpful because we could measure our level of English and perhaps work on our weaknesses. Overall,
I had such a great time at ELS, I made a lot of friends there, and most important I was able to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world. So, I encourage you all to keep working, never give up, always be assertive, and never forget to enjoy every single moment at the ELS. I assure you that it is worthy!!

Thank you ELS family :)

-Delcio Cardoso, Angola


February 25, 2014


A friend who studied at ELS told me about the school, the University of North Dakota, and Grand Forks. I am a student from Brazil and always had a dream to study outside of my home country. ELS is giving me this unique opportunity of learning English with outstanding professors. They are preparing me to start my Master’s degree in Biology, here at the UND. When I first visited both ELS and the Biology department, the teachers and professors gave me all of the encouragement to move to Grand Forks and study here at UND. Since that, I was sure I would be successful in my education here. Grand Forks is a beautiful and safe city to live. People here are very friendly and good to stay around. The same thing is the administration crew and teachers at ELS!!! They are amazing! I can easily say that ELS-Grand Forks is a great place to help improve the international student’s education. And I cannot forget to mention all of the new friends from different cultures… they are fantastic!!! I really feel comfortable, happy, and realized here!!!

-Flavia, Brazil

Carlos and Alma

February 25, 2014


The quiet place and friendly ambience of Grand Forks make us feel comfortable and safe. We can develop our language, build our skills, and meet many people from different parts of the world. The ELS center in Grand Forks gives us the opportunity to have an experience into an international university environment and meet the culture around UND. The teachers and staff from this ELS center are very friendly and helpful. They always try to make our stay more enjoyable and pleasant where they plan different activities every week. So, the ELS from Grand Forks is the perfect place to study English and meet different cultures around the world.

-Carlos and Alma, Mexico


March 5, 2013


I have been studying at ELS for three months. Within these months, I have improved my English and made friends. ELS Grand Forks prepares so many exciting indoor and outdoor activities such as ice skating, swimming, movies, and so on. The teachers and administration are so friendly to the students. ELS Grand Forks is a great place to learn English in effective ways.



February 20, 2013


I really like Grand Forks and ELS. Grand Forks is a small city, so it’s very peaceful and safe. It’s really good for students, especially girl students. I think this ELS center isn’t too big, so teachers and students are more familiar and have a good relationship. Also, every teacher always tries to help their students. In addition, I have a really nice host family. I’m a part of my American family and they’re a part of my Korean family. We just love each other and we do many things together, such as go to hockey games and big holiday parties. It’s really helpful to adapt to a new country.

-Kim,South Korea


February 11, 2013


I need English for my courses so that I can continue studying either at UND or at any college or university throughout the USA. Also, English is unavoidable nowadays. All over the world English is used. Therefore, I came to ELS. At ELS, both administration and students as well as teachers are excellent and reliable. The teachers are astonishing. They are doing their best so that students can master English within good conditions.

-Ezechiel,Burkina Faso


July 20, 2012


I am studying at ELS because I need to perfect my level of English. I have had such a good experience here and I have made very good friends. ELS also provides students with a great group of teachers and administrators. Not only are they good at their jobs, but also friendly. I am comfortable in my classes and at the center.



July 19, 2012


I am Sualiman Aldrees, a student at ELS Grand Forks of four months. When I first arrived I felt pleasant, I like this town so far. I don't spend a lot of money here, so I can save money to travel all around the USA. I love residents from the town; they are all so friendly and I always see them with beautiful smiles on their faces. I believe that I could stay here for five years and not be bored.

-Sulaiman,Saudi Arabia


July 16, 2012


I came here through a recruiting program in Japan, and I am so glad to study here. There are many students from different countries. Of course it is difficult to communicate in English because I have only been here for one session, but after coming here, I think I want to study for a year. I think this experience has made me grow up and learn a lot.


Auechan (Aaom)

July 3, 2012


I think I like most things about ELS. Everyone is very nice including the other students at ELS. This center is in a small town. It is very quiet, safe, and the people are nice; I can guarantee it. The environment is good. There is fresh air, pure water, and I don't have to worry about traffic. I can focus on what I have to do to succeed.

-Auechan (Aaom),Thailand


January 4, 2017

For Thanksgiving, students prepared a play about the pilgrims' voyage to North America.

Visit to Fire Station

January 4, 2017

In November, students also visited the local fire station.

Halloween Celebrations

January 4, 2017

For Halloween, students painted pumpkins, had a dress-up contest, and participated in American Indian Student Services programming to learn why they should not dress in traditional American Indian attire for Halloween.

Valentine's Day Celebrations

March 4, 2016

Fallcreek Quartet came to sing love songs to us on Valentine's Day. What are blast it was! We are thankful that the group comes to visit us every year.


2017 ELS/Grand Forks Application

2017 ELS/Grand Forks Application

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ELS at The University of North Dakota

ELS at The University of North Dakota

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Grand Forks ELS Language Center at the University of North Dakota. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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Grand Forks Campus Map

Grand Forks Campus Map

University of North Dakota Campus Map

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