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Philadelphia, PA

5414 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Tel.: 610-660-2125
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Saint Joseph's University
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ELS/Philadelphia, on the friendly campus of Saint Joseph's University for over 30 years, has its own modern, two-story building. Students enjoy free use of a state-of-the-art library, gyms, pools, soccer fields, and tennis courts with free campus shuttles to nearby shopping and restaurants, or take a 20-minute train or bus ride downtown. Philadelphia is a modern yet historic city on the East coast, offering a lively experience in American culture. As the first capital, Philadelphia is rich in history with cobblestone streets leading visitors to Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell. Downtown cultural attractions include museums, (the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation), concert halls (the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet), professional sports teams, and shopping (King of Prussia Mall, Premium Outlets). Weekend getaways include New York City, Atlantic City, Washington, DC, Lancaster County and Niagara Falls.

  • Located on the beautiful campus of Saint Joseph's University
  • Centrally located, just 20 minutes from downtown by train or bus.
  • Philadelphia is home to world-class museums, including the
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation
  • Famous historical attractions include Independence National Park and Liberty Bell New York City and Washington DC make for great weekend trips
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Fast Facts - Philadelphia

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45/45/40
Bank 15/10/10/10
Downtown Area 45/20/25/20
Post Office 25/15/15/10
Restaurants 10/10/10/10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 45/45
Sports Stadium 45/45/45
Supermarket 35/15/15/10
Pharmacy 5/5
Public Transportation 5/5/5/5








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Programs available at this location

2017 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2017 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Homestays are in residential, tree-lined neighborhoods, usually within walking distance or a short shuttle or bus ride to campus, while some students choose to bike. ELS students usually have single rooms with a private or shared bathroom. All homes have heating and air conditioning, wireless internet, and access to kitchens and laundry. Public transportation and shopping is convenient and nearby.

Price per Session $1120
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $135
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week, usually breakfast and dinner. Families also allow students to use the kitchen to prepare their own food in addition to the provided meals.

SJU - Rashford Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

Rashford Hall is on a beautiful and safe campus minutes from our center by a short walk. American students live in the same building.
Rooms include cookware, TV, Wi-Fi, and linens; washer and dryer on each floor.
Shared bedrooms within 2-bedroom campus apartment-style dorm. Shared bathrooms (2 per apartment). Each apartment offers a furnished living room, dining area, and kitchen and has free cable TV, internet access and local telephone service. Rooms include 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 closets & 2 night tables. Linens are also included. Free coin-operated washers and dryers are located on each floor.
Security: Safety features include ID swipe entrance, 24-hour full-time security guard at desk at entrance;, and keys for each apartment. 24-hour Security Desk at entrance; Card access.
There is a resident assistant for ELS students.

Price per Session $1350
Occupancy Double Deluxe - *Contact ELS for Married Couple rate/availability. Both the husband and wife must study at ELS.
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $135
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

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  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Fee for parking at Center
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • Student Health Center
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • 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

Scott Myers

Scott Myers

Center Director

Scott was recently named Center Director. Before that he had been an ELS instructor for a great many years, where he enjoyed teaching grammar and writing. He also served on the curriculum committee, making recommendations for SSP and Reading and Writing books. He enjoys canoeing and Kayaking, and on weekends tends his garden.

Matt Weiss

Matt Weiss

International Student Advisor

Matt is the International Student Advisor at ELS Philadelphia. He is a native of the Philadelphia area but has lived out of state for the past six years while pursuing his bachelor and master degrees. Matt studied at Towson University for his bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and German Literature. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to complete his master’s degree in German literature. Matt has spent much time abroad; he has lived in Germany at various times throughout his life and has traveled extensively in Europe and the South Pacific. In fact one of Matt’s favorite hobbies is traveling; he also enjoys reading, swimming, and working out. Please feel free to contact Matt with any questions or concerns, as he is always ready to help!

Mayra Forrest

Mayra Forrest


Mayra is responsible for student registration and payments. Questions about tuition, housing fees, or dormitory reservation deposits should be discussed with her. Students who want to buy an ELS Dictionary should see Mayra. She will also help you with questions about the ELS medical insurance or making medical appointments.

Chris Wallett

Chris Wallett

IELTS Administrator

Chris is the IELTS Administrator at ELS Philadelphia. He is from Washington DC but has lived all over the world. Chris studied for his bachelor’s degree in International Communication at American University, where he also completed a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. His favorite activity is traveling around the world and meeting new people! Please feel free to contact Chris with any questions about IELTS.

Alan Bothe

Alan Bothe

Administrative Assistant

Alan was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He possesses a BA in Music from the University of Cincinnati. Alan joins ELS after spending a year in Malaysia playing jazz trumpet and studying web development. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, computer programming and board games. He loves the outdoors and is a fan of hiking, kayaking and camping. Alan looks forward to meeting students and helping them practice their English.

Ahmed Alamoudi, Saudi Arabia

August 11, 2011

When I first came to ELS, I didn't think that I will be ready to start my upper studies in such a short period of time. After 9 months of studying at ELS, I didn't just finish level 112, but also got I high score at the TOEFL exam because of the English program at ELS. Now I can speak fluently, read novels, and write many kinds of articles and researches. ELS made my dream comes true. Thank you ELS for everything that you has been giving to us.

Giulia Grazzini, Italy

September 17, 2009

I’m really proud of my choice of ELS Philadelphia. I can’t imagine another way to improve my English than the perfectly organized school and the well prepared teachers. The staff is always available for any requests, to encourage you and help students achieve their academic or professional goals. The whole atmosphere you are surrounded by lets everyone feel comfortable. Another reason why I’m really satisfied with my studies is the amenities the campus offers. I enjoyed not only the efficient library and the up-to-date gym, but also the trips to the close towns of New York, Washington and Boston. In short, this campus location is strategic to study, travel and experience the typical American lifestyle.

- Giulia Grazzini


2017 ELS/Philadelphia Application

2017 ELS/Philadelphia Application

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ELS at Saint Josephs University

ELS at Saint Josephs University

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

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ELS Philadelphia Tour

ELS Philadelphia Tour

A look at what ELS Philadelphia has to offer!

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Fast Facts - Philadelphia

Fast Facts - Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Campus Map

Philadelphia Campus Map

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