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Richmond - Kentucky, KY

521 Lancaster Ave., Crabbe Library 103
Richmond, KY 40475
Tel.: 859-622-2510
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Eastern Kentucky University
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Since the October 2014 opening of ELS/Richmond-Kentucky, students from all over the world have come to enjoy the charming lifestyle that Kentucky is famous for. ELS/Richmond-Kentucky students most often recommend the Center as a great place to study and improve their English within the safe and friendly campus community of Eastern Kentucky University. <br/>While here, students can enjoy conversation circles with native English speakers, monthly activities, and all the amazing facilities the campus has to offer, such as new computer labs, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a gorgeous new library, and intramural sports clubs. <br/>With internationally renowned programs in College of Justice and Safety and deep roots in Education, Business, Technology, and Health Sciences, EKU offers international students the quintessential college experience taught by professors who make teaching in the classroom their top priority.

  • Charming and friendly campus community
  • Conversation partners and session activities with native English speakers
  • Internationally renowned university programs
  • Opportunity to be enrolled in EKU classes while studying at ELS
  • Safe location
  • Historic downtown within walking distance
  • State-of-the-art fitness facility
  • A short drive to major cities like Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati and Nashville
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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45/30
Bank 30/10/30
Downtown Area 10/5
Post Office 10/5
Restaurant(s) 10/5/10/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 30/10/5
Supermarket 30/10/5
Public Transportation 5








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Global Village at Telford Hall(Student Residence (On Campus))

Available August 14, 2016

The Global Village is a floor in the Telford Hall dorms. The village is designed to bring ELS students together with EKU domestic and international students through the common language of English and specialized event planning. Students can enjoy practicing their language skills while sharing common floors, a large, fully-equipped common kitchen and lounges with native English speakers and other international students studying at EKU.
Units are spacious double suite rooms, where two adjoined dorms have a shared bath that accommodate four students. Each room has a mini-fridge for convenient food storage, as well as full size refrigerators in the newly remodeled, fully equipped common kitchen. Students can enjoy free cable TV and internet. All utilities are included in rental price, along with linens.
The Telford Hall building has a 24 hours RA and is 8-10 minutes walking distance to downtown shopping, cafes and restaurants.

Price per Session $615
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $125
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included


The Homestay Program at ELS/Richmond- Kentucky offers students the option to live with an American family and experience American culture firsthand! Families are limited, but students who live with a family are provided with a private bedroom, nearby bathroom, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), and a quiet area to study. Students will get the opportunity to practice English outside of the classroom while experiencing day-to-day life as a part of an American family.
Transportation requirement: Many Host Families live in nearby Lexington (30 minutes by car), and students are required to provide their own transportation from the Homestay to EKU campus in Richmond. While public transportation between Lexington and Richmond is limited, students are able to take a taxi or rent a car during their stay with the Host Family. Students who take advantage of the Homestay Program receive valuable experiences outside of the classroom: from gaining extra practice with English, to experiencing the wonders of Kentucky, to seeing American culture up close!

Price per Session $820
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $125
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Fitness Center
  • 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

Gwendolyn Elder

Gwendolyn Elder

Center Director

Greetings! My name is Gwendolyn Elder, and I am the Center Director at ELS Richmond. Our center is located on the charming campus of Eastern Kentucky University, and I invite you to join us and become part of the ELS and EKU community. I became interested in education after attending the 2004 Symposium on International Education in Leiden, Netherlands. Having the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who were working tirelessly to improve access to education for students of all backgrounds and geographic locations inspired me to teach overseas with the Sogang University Language Program and YBM. Most recently, I served as faculty with the Sungkyunkwan University Language Institute near Seoul, South Korea. I am pleased to join the ELS family and work alongside the wonderful staff of EKU. Feel free to reach out and learn more about ELS Richmond and Eastern Kentucky University.

Susan Garnett

Susan Garnett

Academic Director

Hello! I’m Susan, and I come to ELS-Richmond from Lexington, KY. I’ve worked in Intensive English Programs for the last 10 years both at Murray State University and the University of Kentucky. I have an M.A. in TESOL where I focused on teaching reading skills, and I have worked as both a teacher and administrator in ESL programs. My passions are mentoring students and teachers in personal and educational growth. I’m very excited to be the Academic Director here at ELS-Richmond.

Carlee Reiff

Carlee Reiff

International Student Advisor

Carlee began working with international students during her freshman year of college. When she transferred to Western Carolina University in 2011, she got her first official job in an International Office. It was during her time at WCU that she discovered a love of culture and a passion for helping foreign students feel at home in the United States. After graduating from WCU in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and International Studies, she joined the ELS- Richmond team and moved to Lexington, Kentucky! In her free time, she loves being outdoors, watching good movies, and spending time with friends!


July 22, 2016


I like everything about ELS-RICHMOND. First, the school has beautiful places that you can enjoy here. I like the structure and the architecture of the university! There are many comfortable places that can help you to learn. If you want to enjoy learning English, ELS Richmond is the best option. They help you to practice your pronunciation, meet different people, make new friends, and know the culture from other countries. My favorite things to do in Richmond is visit the library. And if you like to exercise, you can go to the gym. Also, the teachers are so great and wonderful… they really help you. They are very
prepared to teach and they love their jobs. They prepare you to learn new things. Also the staff is so friendly… They always help you! The people in Richmond are so lovely, cute, cordial, and helpful. ELS-RICHMOND helped me in many ways, especially with improving my English abilities, because the activities and the topics are favorable for speaking, writing, and practicing
English all the time. But the best thing is that at ELS-RICHMOND, you really love learning English!


June 24, 2016


I think that this program (ELS- Richmond) is good to study. There are three reasons: First, teachers are very kind. So, people can be comfortable during study. Second, Richmond is environment- friendly. So, people can do many things outside and this environment is good in order to study. Finally, this program helps students. For example, they give many information to students.

-Sejun,South Korea


May 26, 2015


My favorite part of studying at ELS Richmond is the way teachers teach us. First, ELS give us a lot of quizzes and homework every week. That’s a good thing to learn English. I had 2 essays, 4 paragraphs, and one presentation in the writing. My friends are in other schools and their school just gave them one paragraph and one essay. I think they will take a long time to learn English or how to write an essay. I think if you want to learn a new language, you should work hard. That’s what ELS make us to do. If I want to describe ELS center to somebody I will let him know what I learned from ELS just in 2 weeks.

-Mohammed ,Saudi Arabia


May 26, 2015


Studying at ELS was a life-changing experience. It feels amazing to know that whenever one has a question regarding the English language, there will always be teachers that will be willing to help you. In fact, it is the perfect program for all those who want more out of life, and for all the ones who are disposed to learn something new. At ELS, I learned that being bilingual actually makes a person more interesting. Also, I realized that mastering a second language is one of the best experiences for an international student. There is where I met my best friends, where I discovered that hard work is the key to success, and where I found out that learning English can be
really fun.



May 26, 2015


There are beneficial things at ELS school. First, the center
of ELS gives the new students all the information about school and the plan for study. Second, ELS school has a short period of time for each level so you can finish your level quickly and that encourages you to work hard. Also, ELS school improves our writing unlike other schools. In addition, ELS prepares us before we go to university. Finally, the management of ELS makes the students feel more comfortable at school by helping them if they need anything. There are a lot of positive things that ELS school has to help all of the students.

-Mansour,Saudi Arabia

Halloween & Day of the Dead

November 1, 2016

2016- Halloween costumes & Day of the Dead face painting!

Pumpkin Carving & Decorating!

October 27, 2016

Students gather at the Ravine after class to decorate or carve pumpkins!


July 26, 2016

Students went mini-golfing to celebrate the end of final exams!

4th of July Celebration

July 26, 2016

ELS Richmond students get together for an Independence Day cookout & to watch fireworks!

Louisville, KY - Derby Museum

May 4, 2016

ELS students visited Lousiville, KY - Home of the KY Derby Horse Races!


May 4, 2016

An EKU Psychology student came to speak to ELS students about teamwork... And each group made a tower out of spaghetti noodles & marshmellows!

Apollo 13 Reader

May 4, 2016

Ms. Emily- SSP C Class acts out their Apollo 13 reading!

Volunteer - Blessing Bags

March 7, 2016

ELS Students work together to create "Blessing Bags" for the homeless in Richmond, KY. The bags contain toiletries, laundry detergent, soap, and other necessities that residents of the Homeless Shelter may not be able to afford on their own.

Laser Tag!

February 16, 2016

ELS Richmond plays laser tag after exams!

Session 1A Activity Calendar

January 8, 2016

Session 1A, January 11 - February 5

Happy Holidays from ELS Richmond!

December 24, 2015

ELS- Richmond, KY wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Christmas Ornament Decorating

December 24, 2015

ELS students decorate Christmas ornaments..... Santa cupcakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and of course, Christmas music!

Session 13A Activity Calendar

December 17, 2015

Session 13A, December 14 - January 8


December 17, 2015

These ELS graduates have completed level 112 & are preparing to begin classes at EKU in Spring 2016... Congratulations!


2017 ELS/Richmond Application

2017 ELS/Richmond Application

2017 ELS/Richmond Center Application

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Eastern Kentucky University Academic Scholarships

Eastern Kentucky University Academic Scholarships

Information on scholarships awarded by Eastern Kentucky University to qualified ELS Level 112 graduates who transfer to Eastern Kentucky University.

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ELS at Eastern Kentucky University

ELS at Eastern Kentucky University

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Richmond-Kentucky ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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