Estimate includes tuition and housing costs ONLY. An additional Materials & Technology fee will be required for each session of study. All prices are listed in US Dollars the local currency of the ELS Center. Program & housing availability as well as cost are subject to change.
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201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Point Park University For more information on this institution's programs click here
ELS/Pittsburgh is located on the Point Park University campus, where you have access to theater, arts and entertainment. Pittsburgh is home to many world-class educational institutions. Consistently ranked in Rand McNally’s “Most Livable Cities in North America,” Pittsburgh is safe, inexpensive and friendly.
Campus Facility Use
World-class arts & entertainment within short walk or bus ride
Professional sports games nearby
Washington D.C., Philadelphia & Niagara Falls nearby for trips
Outstanding Museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Frick Art Museum and others
American Explorer Program has been added to your estimate.
2015 Cost Per Session
Lawrence Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))
Coed dorms with males & females on same floor. American & ELS students are on the same floors. Shared double occupancy dorm rooms in urban university-owned dormitory with Private bathrooms. Rooms include a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair. Linens are also included. Students clean their own rooms during their stay. Self-service laundry machines are available in the dorm building for a small fee.
Security: 24-hour security desk located at the building entrance. There is one resident assistant for every 30 students.
Price per Session
Double Deluxe, Double Deluxe
Please note that the Point Park University dorm does not accept students over the age of 25
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included
Homestays in the area(Homestay)
Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most homestay families will be in the suburban, residential areas and will require a short commute (30 mins or less) on public transportation.
Price per Session
Single, Single, Single, Single
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week
Center is handicapped accessible
Only some classrooms are handicapped accessible
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?
Find a university via our University Finder
Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
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."
Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
Begin your university program!
Meet the Staff
Joyce earned her MS in Language Arts Education from Duquesne University and her MA in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh where she also earned a certificate in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Linguistics Department. She has enjoyed a career teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the university level for over 25 years. She became the Director of the ESL Program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1998 and the Center Director and Academic Director of ELS Language Centers Pittsburgh at Point Park University in 2003. She is a member of NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors) as well as a member of TESOL, where she recently co-presented at the 2008 Conference.
Cole first began at ELS in 2012 as an instructor in Silicon Valley, CA and transferred to Pittsburgh in 2014. Before coming to ELS, Cole was an instructor at the University of Oregon, AEI, Intensive English Program from 2009-2011. He also taught English in Osaka, Japan from 2002-2006. He holds a MA in TESOL from Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Sarah Beth Rardon
International Student Advisor
Sarah Beth Rardon, International Student Advisor, taught English as a Second Language in Jiangsu, China, before arriving in Pittsburgh.She graduated from Missouri Western State University with a BA in History and Sociology, and studied abroad in London, England. She earned her TESOL Certification in 2012. Sarah Beth enjoys working with students from a wide range of countries and cultures, helping new students acclimate to Point Park and Pittsburgh, offering college counseling, and planning exciting and enlightening activities for students and staff.
Elizabeth Hawkins, Registrar, graduated from Duquesne University with a BA in International Relations and a concentration in Security Studies. Elizabeth studied abroad in Italy. She also has earned several certificates from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. Her favorite part of her job is working with the international students, as well as learning about their cultures and languages.
Lindsay first began at ELS Pittsburgh as an instructor in 2011. She holds a BA in History, as well as teaching certifications in Social Studies and ESL from California University of Pennsylvania. She became interested in ELS after studying abroad in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. She enjoys working with international students, and helping them achieve scores for American universities.
May 6, 2014
I like ELS Language Center
Pittsburgh because I think it is a very good program. First of all, the teachers at ELS are very
nice. They have very good teaching
skills and some of them are very funny, so it is easy to pay attention in
class. Second, the teaching material
suits the students’ needs. It includes
comprehensive lessons that help students improve their English. Finally, ELS has some good group activities
for students every month. Activities are
good for students because they help students relax after studying. ELS Pittsburgh is great and I recommend it to
May 6, 2014
The management at ELS is very professional. They really care about the students. They are always helpful, not only with school related issues, but with issues outside of the school, as well. The teachers treat me like family. They always make me feel comfortable. They correct me when needed, so I can improve my English. The group activities are great. I've learned about other countries and I've made a lot of new friends.
May 6, 2014
ELS Pittsburgh is pretty awesome! ELS is a great school for beginners who want to improve their English. All of the teachers are very helpful to new and continuing students. The school offers amazing group activities every week.