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New Haven, CT

1211 Campbell Avenue,
West Haven, CT 06516
Tel.: (203) 931-2970
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of New Haven
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ELS/New Haven is located on the campus of the University of New Haven (UNH) in West Haven, Connecticut. It is just a 90 minute ride to New York City and 2.5 hours to Boston! This friendly, traditional, medium-sized campus has students from over 50 countries! New Haven is home to six colleges and universities, including the world-renowned Yale University. The famous and historical downtown is just 15 minutes by bus with excellent restaurants, shopping, museums, theaters and nightlife. Beautiful West Haven beaches and boardwalk are only ten minutes from the Center.

  • Medium-sized, traditional, private campus location
  • Historic downtown & prestigious Yale University 15 minutes by bus
  • Shopping, dining, recreation & nightlife nearby
  • Sandy West Haven beaches ten minutes away
  • Day trips to NYC & Boston by bus or train
  • Weekend excursions to Philadelphia & DC
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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 110
Bank 10/5
Downtown Area 20/12
Post Office 30/10/5
Restaurants 5/15/10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 30/15
Sports Stadium 60/25
Supermarket 5
Pharmacy 5
Public Transportation 1








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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

Student Residence Studio Student Residence Gatehouse Student Residence Exterior Student Residence Breakfast Area

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Students who take advantage of the homestay program will practice English and experience American culture outside of the classroom. ELS/New Haven host families are located within West Haven, New Haven, and the surrounding community. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Center. Many homestays are located along the bus route, although there are a few within walking distance. No placement will be more than one-hour travel from the Center. ELS/New Haven has a great homestay program because the hosts are friendly people and look forward to this cultural exchange. Homestay students often comment that they enjoy weekend activities with their hosts and feel part of the family.

Price per Session $985
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $200 - 260
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

New Haven Village Suites(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Modern and clean double occupancy shared suites available at the New Haven Village Suites. Rooms are well-equipped with two beds, two dressers, two closets, desks, lamps, cable TV, wireless Internet, a full kitchen, bathroom and a sofa. Linens and cookware are included. Free hot breakfast is available daily and dinner is included Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Rooms are cleaned for students once a week. A free shuttle service brings students to and from the Center (8 mins) and downtown (10 mins). Students will feel comfortable and at home with an onsite gym, business center and patio with grill available for use. Free parking is available and laundry machines are on site for a small fee.

Price per Session $1170
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $200 - 260
Meals / week or Meal Credit
11 meals per week

A warm welcome from the admin staff! Charger Plaza, home of our Center University of New Haven Aerial Shot Dodds Hall Health Center Maxcy Hall Campus Quad University New Haven Admissions Office UNH Campus UNH Rec Center New Haven ELS Building Student Center Inside the Rec Center Inside the Dining Room
  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Student Health Center
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Free parking
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • 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

Kate Marusa

Kate Marusa

Center Director

Kate began her career in International Education at ELS as an Instructor in 2008 when the New Haven center first opened. In 2009, she took on the role of International Student Advisor managing ELS/New Haven's activity program, immigration services, and college counseling. Additionally, Kate was the Center Director of the ELS/Juilliard youth camp program in New York City from 2013-2015. Her passion for multicultural learning and international travel started while studying abroad with Boston University in Italy ten years ago. Kate is excited to lead the ELS New Haven team and to share her passion for International Education with her students and staff. Outside of the center, you might Kate and her dog, Boston, walking along the West Haven boardwalk or at home in the kitchen. She loves to attempt to cook international dishes shared by students!

Danny Stone

Danny Stone

Academic Director

Danny has been working at ELS New Haven since January 2014, first as a teacher and now as the Academic Director. His favorite classes to teach were SSP Fitzgerald, Masters LS, and Reading & Writing Ishiguro—the argument essay. Writing an opposing view paragraph is a great way to develop critical thinking skills; it’s fun to argue with yourself! Danny’s first job teaching English was in a small town in eastern France at an elementary school. After that, he got a Master’s in TESOL at the University of Buffalo. Then he taught English to refugees from Myanmar, Congo, Somalia, and Nepal. Danny speaks fluent French as well as some Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Outside of work, he loves reading good books, jogging in East Rock, writing fiction, going on hikes, and singing in the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.

Sarah Manning

Sarah Manning

International Student Advisor

Sarah has been working at ELS since August 2013, but she has been teaching ESL since 1997. She has a BA in English from The University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education in TESOL. Her favorite part of teaching is meeting people from other countries and learning about their cultures. When she is not working, she spends time with her husband Kevin, and her three children. She enjoys photography, biking, and reading, but her favorite part of life is laughing!


January 2, 2016


Study at ELS New Haven was
one of the greatest experiences of my life! You can know people from all over
the world, learn from the best teachers, conducts various activities, have fun
and create many stories that you will carry for life.



January 2, 2016


I knew awesome students from very different countries. I was taught by nice and talented teachers. I had to study hard for the tests and homework, but I could count on Danny, Sarah and Kate the adorable people who helped the students anytime they needed. Of course, it was a great experience! The time flew by, so I must return to Brazil, but I am happier, smarter and very grateful for every single day I could spend at ELS. I will always remember everyone I met in New Haven. "Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; It simply means I will miss you until we meet again." Thank you!



January 2, 2016


New Haven is a beautiful university city. I enjoyed the museum at Yale University, is undoubtedly fantastic. The more adventurous cannot miss East Rock Park, there you can see the whole city. ELS New Haven is excellent, very competent teachers and fun as well as the whole team.

-Gabriel ,Brazil


January 8, 2015


ELS helped me improve my language and by giving me a chance to work with other students from Asia and South America.



January 8, 2015


This had been the best experience I've eve had. Not only did I improve my English but also I made a lot of friends from different parts of the world.

-Haydee Garcia,Mexico


January 8, 2015


ELS has a lot of nice teachers. It is an awesome place where you can improve your English. The center has a very friendly atmosphere. The staff organizes many activities where all students share experiences while they are learning. I made a lot of friends. I had such a great time there. Thank you ELS :)

-Lorena Juarez,Mexico


July 11, 2014


you can dream it you can do it" - Walt Disney. Believing in me and
the support of my parents were my principle reasons for coming to learn English
at ELS New Haven, USA apart from the academic reasons. What began as an
adventure ended becoming in one of the best experiences of my life. IN
ELS I found friends for all over the world with great personalities and
diversity of cultures but, also I had the pleasure of meeting amazing teachers
and the entire staff of ELS, people who I personally admire. Furthermore, living in homestay I found a second family
away from home, who makes everyday my experience in USA remarkable. It is just unbelievable how ELS program is so
effective. I started at level 102 just
saying and understanding few words and right now I’m almost finishing level 112
and my English is much better as you can see haha! My goal right now is being able to be
accepted in an American university to study International Business. Thanks to ELS I will continue making my
dreams true.

-Orianna ,Venezuela


July 11, 2014


“It is not only language center but also cultural

When I came to the United States, It was difficult to
speak or connect with everyone because their culture was different than my culture as well as
the language. When I started studying in the ELS I met very friendly and kind teachers and they were
professional. I learned not only English, but also I learned the US culture.
ELS taught us English and how to connect with people in their culture. The best thing I saw was
the teachers were like my family. Their goal was to help students by all
possible means to improve the language. Now, I don't find it difficult to study
in the University because my language is improved because of ELS.

Hashim Alhashimi


ELS Graduate

Current University of New Haven


Antonio Costa Sanchez, Mexico

March 22, 2010

I am so excited and glad to study at ELS Language Centers. In my personal opinion, I think that ELS has given me the opportunity to improve and learn my English in a very interesting way. Furthermore, throughout these months that I have been studying at ELS, I have noticed that my English language is getting better everyday. On the other hand, I feel very grateful to the teachers because they have helped me to dominate and comprehend the English language in a very satisfactory way. I will feel sad when I have to leave ELS. Finally, I think that this a great experience for you if you want to study English in another country.

Maipai Suriyaprasit

March 18, 2010

I took a long time to find a good English school in the USA until I found ELS school on the internet. Many students on the internet said, "ELS is a good school." I immediately did not believe until I studied here, I realized ELS was not just good but this is the best school. I can improve my English skills in the short time. Never do I feel bored one day. The great teachers at ELS not only teach us the language but they are also familiar with students that make me fall for ELS. If you don't believe me, be a member of the ELS family. I promise you will feel like me.

Minh Nguyen, Vietnam

March 12, 2010

I am so happy that I could study at ELS. Teachers at ELS are very good and nice. They helped me improve my English and figure out many problems in my American life. I will be happy to introduce my Vietnamese friends to ELS to come here and study English. Thanks ELS for everything.

- Minh Nguyen

Mazen Alghamdi

March 12, 2010

ELS has been one of the best experiencs of my life, teachers are always friendly with the students. Also, they try to help you out with your individual needs. Moreover, ELS is not just a school, it's a special experience about a great relationship between students and teachers. ELS helps me a lot since I have been in the US. The teachers know how to improve your English and they even do things with you together so you learn a lot about American culture and way of life. It's an experience that everybody should have.

- Mazen Alghamdi

Seung hwan Oh

March 12, 2010

When I came to ELS, I was so nervous, but it was just an alarm. Now I have many friends. I'm really glad to meet them, because they are from another country and they're my teachers in US Of course, learning English isn't easy, but I never give up. If you do, you would not become your dreams.

Yi-Chu Lu

September 24, 2009

Earning English in ELS not is an experience about studying English correctly, but also is a special experience about a wonderful relationship between students and teachers. Even though your ability of English is so small at the beginning, your heart will be as big as your English which you will have learned after studying in ELS. And that is what I learned from them.

Kongsin Kitprasan, Thailand

September 24, 2009

When I have been studying here, I told myself that this is the correct school that I choose before going to the USA Teachers here are so nice and have very good teaching technique. I have improved a lot after three sessions. The words that can definitely describe ELS school are “this is the best for everyone who want to improve themselves.

Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Qatar

September 24, 2009

My name is Mihammed Al-Qahtani. I’m from Qatar. I came to ELS to learn English language then to join the University of New Haven. I have had a good time with my new friends who I have met at ELS. I am really happy with them. I have friends from different countries such as Korea, Japan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. In summary, when you want to learn English I recommend that you join us!

Nasser Al-Akili, Saudi Arabia

August 10, 2009

ELS gives me a great chance to meet wonderful friends who come from all over the world. It is not only an English teaching center – it’s a place that we can share dreams, ideas, cultures and information rather than just teaching materials.

Maria Rossi Franchi, Italy

August 10, 2009

I can say without doubt that being at ELS has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I came here for just one month and I couldn’t avoid coming back again – being here, in this little Babel where everyone can speak with people from different cultures and histories is great! All the teachers are always open-hearted and you feel comfortable asking them for help. My English is getting better every day. That’s thanks to all the people that I met at ELS, the teachers, the students, and every single person who works here.

Jian Huei (James) Li

May 15, 2009

I have been at ELS Language Centers in New Haven for a couple months. Here, I don’t need to worry or be embarrassed about my English because the teachers are always patient with the students. They are also enthusiastic! No matter how easy or difficult the question is, they will find out the answer for you. In addition, ELS will direct students who want to apply to a university for a college or masters degree and help the student choose the school which is suitable for him or her. I also like that there is a variety of students from other countries. It lets you forget about felling homesick or lonely and that is awesome! All in all, I found my niche at ELS New Haven. How about you?

- Jian Huei Li

Chih-Li (Jerry) Liu

May 15, 2009

Three months ago, students like me still struggled to speak complete sentences to introduce themselves. Now we have the ability to stand in front of a class and explain our ideas on subjects like bio-fuel or green consumption. For me, ELS Language Centers is the place where people have a chance to face themselves honestly. Here they tailor the classes to your individual needs. The teachers here are like bright stars in the sky that will lead you to cross the grammar swamp, pass through the dark forest of listening, and climb up the mountain of vocabulary. Then you can tell other people, proud and loud, at ELS I’m not only studying English, I am speaking English.

- Chih-Li Liu

Yaser Al-Zahrani

May 15, 2009

In the first day at ELS I was worried that I wouldn’t get comfortable, but day after day I discovered that ELS is not just a school. It is my other home. I found my new family and my new lovely friends.

Valentine's Day

February 22, 2016

Despite the Snow Days, we were able to have a fun Valentine's celebration with the students!

Volunteering with IRIS

February 22, 2016

Our ISA, some teachers and students volunteered for a local refugee organization!

February Birthday Celebration

February 22, 2016

Our Conversation Partners joined us to celebrate all the February Birthdays!


February 10, 2016

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Laser Tag and Mini Golf

January 26, 2016

Monster Mini Golf


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ELS at The University of New Haven

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