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Ruston, LA

305 Wisteria St.
Ruston, LA 71272
Tel.: (318) 257-2012
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Louisiana Tech University
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ELS/Ruston is located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University, a Tier One Public Research University with affordable tuition. Our center not only provides a great way for students to have fun outside of the classroom with American university students, but is also very strong academically focused. Our Master levels students are able to attend Louisiana Tech classes through the International Pathways Certificate Program. This program is a perfect way for students to experience the reality of university classes before completing ELS as well as improve their listening and interaction with native English speakers. <br/>Ruston is a safe and friendly town where International students can feel welcome. Locals are friendly, ensuring a safe and pleasant study experience. Ruston is small enough that many students do not need cars and instead travel by bicycle.

  • ELS/Ruston is on the campus of a highly-ranked university
  • Ruston is a safe and friendly college town that offers a lot of interaction with Americans
  • Ruston offers a very low-cost of living for students
  • ELS/Ruston and Louisiana Tech University International Pathways Certificate offers ELS students the ability to attend Louisiana Tech classes for free while at ELS!
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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 35
Bank 15
Downtown Area 10
Post Office 1
Restaurants 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 8
Sports Stadium 15
Supermarket 10
Pharmacy 10








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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

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Capacity for homestays is limited. In the last year, host families have taken students on weekend trips to New Orleans and Mississippi. ELS/Ruston host families like to take their students to local sporting events, community picnics and celebrations. Some homestays are walking or biking-distance to campus. In other cases, homestay families will drive students to and from school.

Price per Session $800
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $180
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Louisiana Tech University Dorms
Females: Harper Hall
Males: Mitchell Hall
(Student Residence (On Campus))

***2016-2017 Winter Meal Adjustments In Effect***

The on-campus dorms are very economical and convenient. For students looking to save some money and have the opportunity to meet other American students this is a great option. Student also do not have to worry about furniture or dealing with a lease.
Various dormitories at LTU are used for ELS students. Males are in separate dorms from females. Both male and female dorms are typical double occupancy dorms located on campus. Shared hallway bathrooms. Rooms include sink, bed, desk, closet, and chest of drawers. Linens are also included. Exact dormitory placement is announced upon check-in.
Self-service laundry machines are available within walking-distance of rooms. Students can pay laundry machine fees using the "express" money allotment on their LTU student card.

Price per Session $655
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $180
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Price includes $160 cafeteria credit per session to use in various on campus food establishments. Credit can be used for food purchases only.

Campus Evolution Village(Student Residence (Off Campus))

All housing is single occupancy, in a 4-bedroom unit: \*Full-size beds, with linens \*Private bedroom \*Washer and Dryer in unit \*Shared kitchen, dining, and living room for four people - includes all kitchen utensils \*Free basic cable \*Free Internet
Campus Evolution Villages, available to male ELS students, provides fully furnished apartments with 4-private bedrooms and 2-bathrooms for each unit. This off-campus option comes with free high speed internet to keep you connected to your friends and family, free cable TV, fully equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer help make life easy.
Campus Evolution Villages provides all students with a 24 hour gym and swimming pool right next to a community BBQ pit, patio and clubhouse. ELS students staying here will get to enjoy these amazing amenities and community organized event activities.
When it comes time to study for your classes, Campus Evolution Villages also offers a computer lounge, study room, and media center.
Campus Evolution Villages truly offers ELS Ruston students a great community and the full American university experience.
Clubhouse includes: \*Swimming Pool \*Outdoor Patio and BBQ pits \*24-hour Fitness Center \*Computer Lab \*Tanning Beds \*Game Room with Pool Table and Big Screen TV

Price per Session $655
Occupancy Single Deluxe
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $180
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included. Shared kitchen in the apartment and several restaurants within walking distance.

Language Technology Center Ruston: Administration building The Quad Outdoor Pool -- Lots of fun in the summer! Outdoor Pool Louisiana Tech Bowling Alley -- Free for ELS Students Louisiana Tech Rock Climbing Wall Louisiana Tech University landmark Lady of the Mist fountain Indoor Lap Pool More of our beautiful campus
  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness center
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • Health center
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • 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

Devin Wagener

Devin Wagener

Center Director

Studying abroad forever changed Devin's life. He was eager to learn another language and go to college just like many of the students he know help pursue their dreams. Devin studied Spanish in Costa Rica before graduating from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He now loves helping students enroll in colleges, decide what to study, and adjust to living in the U.S. His door is always open to students who need help or just want to say hi. One of his favorite quotes is “no journey is long, if you find what you are looking for.” Welcome to Ruston. We’re excited you’re coming!

Yvonne Yngve

Yvonne Yngve


Yvonne has been the registrar at ELS Language Centers in Louisiana since February of 2005. Originally from a small town in Illinois, she appreciates the quiet and friendly atmosphere in Ruston. Over the years she has enjoyed getting to know students from around the world and has observed how people are culturally diverse yet so much the same in their desire to enjoy life and have a successful future.

Daniel Moore

Daniel Moore


Daniel Stephen Moore began his career as an English Language Instructor by completing his TESOL certification in 2009 and teaching three years in Beihai and Qinzhou, China. Upon returning to the United States, he began work on his Masters degree at Louisiana Tech University, a certification that will assist him in achieving his life-long desire to teach and learn. Daniel was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in South Dakota, graduating from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. He received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Louisiana Tech in 2007. At fifteen, he spent two months living in Hiroshima, Japan, which ignited his interest in other cultures and resulted in his seeking his career as an English language instructor. An award winning and recognized artist, he and his wife, Eva, whom he met in China, live in Ruston with their thirteen-year old tabby cat, Nugget.

Mitch Malone

Mitch Malone


Mitch was born in Louisiana in the United States. He is working on his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance at Louisiana Tech. He enjoys cooking tasty, flavorful American treats like key lime pie for his students when they perform well in class! Mitch has had a deep passion for English since he was a child, sometimes even getting in trouble in high school for reading in class; he has also studied the basic structures of several other languages including French, Spanish, Latin, and German. He started teaching at ELS Ruston in 2014 and has enjoyed indulging his passion for English to help students from around the world appreciate it as much as he does!

Meet our Students from Ivory Coast

February 26, 2015


January 8, 2015


I love all of the teachers and people at ELS Ruston.
Sometimes Americans come to ELS to talk with the students.

When I first came here, I didn’t know anything. I just said
“yes” or “no” because my English wasn’t good, but not I can understand what people say.

I have met lots of people, especially talking with Americans
helped me. What I want to say is “don’t be shy about your English, you came to study English.”

-Sangu,South Korea


December 5, 2014


ELS Ruston gave me numerous opportunities and chances to become familiar with daily life and study on campus. This made me adapt as fast as possible to American college life. Here I met a lot of new friends from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to experience various cultures. Teachers here are all friendly and helpful. With no doubt they will try their best to help you with any difficulty you faced in your life. Most important things is my English skill, especially listening and speaking, have been greatly improved. In a word, study in ELS Ruston is the best decision that I have ever made for going to university in America. It gives me great help for both study and normal life.



September 2, 2014


ELS Ruston is one of the definitive decisions I've made for the sake of success. Living in America was not only about learning English, I learned cultures, customs, lifestyles, and more importantly the way to enter the university. I've become prepared in speaking, understanding, and perfect in writing. Studying in this institution was a huge help since, now I'm a student in a university. There are lots of things in ELS helped me to become prepared and the instructors are without a doubt the main factor.


August 14, 2014


There are many excellent teachers in the ELS of Ruston to improve our English skills. They always teach us politely when we have some questions. Also, we can have fun with students from all over the world. Experience their different cultures in the United States through English is a great time for us. In addition, they are so friendly, therefore we can be friends with each other quickly through English.


July 22, 2014


Going to Ruston to learn English was one of the best experiences that I have had in my life. The ELS program was simple but very accurate. Meeting students from USA helped me to improve my English. Suddenly, the language became easier and joyful. I found lots of friends there who assisted me to get my goal of studying engineering. I will never forget the teachers and their jokes that always made me smile and helped me to understand the American culture. I
have missed ELS because I experienced too many remarkable moments that I always smile each time that I remember.



June 26, 2014


ELS helped me a lot to improve my English and to practice for the TOEFL. I had a really good time going to class at ELS Ruston. It is an amazing experience because you get to meet people from all over the world and you learn about other cultures!



June 26, 2014


"Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing." It has been nearly five months since I started to study in ELS, which is a place where I improved my English and also met many nice people from different countries. It helped me to adapt to the American school life gradually and game me an awesome experience in America. The day I graduated from ELS was not the end but the new beginning of my master study in the United States. I want to thank the teachers and students who helped me a lot there and I wish ELS have a glorious future!



May 6, 2014


Coming to ELS is a fantastic experience for me. What I get from here is not only the knowledge of English study, but also the opportunity to make friends who are from different countries. I believe I can successfully finish the study in ELS with the advanced education methods and conditions. That's why I chose here before my Master's Degree.



December 16, 2013


Thanks for having us in your home at school.
All the time we feel your cooperation. Not only did we learn a new language, but also, a new culture and new people. It's important to thank our classmates for their hospitality and " Not for teaching bad words !". Our time is up but we're going back full of knowledge. We return with a new family in E.L.S., Bolivia, China, Japan, Mexico, and K.S.A.
In our country, in our Army you will always have the doors open.
On behalf of the officers and N.C.O.'s of the Colombian Army, of the people in Colombia and especially these twelve men who are here today.
Here is a small gift and taken of appreciation for you. This is the coat of arms of the Army and the flag of Colombia.



November 18, 2013


I definitely made a right decision when attending the ELS school. At School, I learn not only English, but also American Culture. Both of them are very important for anyone who wants to study in American. Specially, ELS teachers who are friendly to students have helped me a lot even though I graduated. Personally, I love the English Master program so much although at first I felt embarrass just a little bit. Shortly after that, I enjoy studying with that program. That pushed me both speak and write a lot. I have missed my teachers and friends there.


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November 18, 2013

ELS Students Speak: Going to University after ELS

November 18, 2013


November 18, 2013


First of all, I appreciate ELS giving me an opportunity to show my experience.
I am an ordinary person, I am not the emperor or empress. I am Chinese. My hometown is a nice place, Chongqing. Women are beautiful, men are handsome. Also, we all know that China is a wonderful place.
Last year, my parents asked me to study in the US. At that time, I can not speak English, except some simple words, like “thank you” “goodbye” “aha”. Therefore, I came to ELS for my poor English skills. Now, I have become a master student, and my level is 111.
One day, my friend told me that I should take the TOEFL test. By the way, he is a crazy guy, he got a high score in the test, 116. So, I did some practice for the TOEFL test. I also took it six times, but I failed. However, I never give it up. At ELS, I learned many English skills. Although my speaking is not very good, I have dare to talk with Americans, I have dare to show my errors. In addition, I did not care about what I am in the opinion of others as to what I am myself.
I have an important thing want to share with others, my teachers. ELS center in Ruston has some good teachers. When I was get into trouble in English, they help me a lot. In a word, ELS has a perfect system for students. Also, ELS has an ideal arrangement to improve English skills. I plan to
study my major at Tech University at present. In the future, I wish my parent would be proud of me.
Thanks for teaching at ELS.


August 6, 2012


“I came here on April this year, and I have been studying for three months. At the beginning, I worried very much, though teachers and classmates were very kind.”


Di Zang, China

January 15, 2010

I love the life here in Ruston every day. I had a great time in ELS Ruston and I really appreciate daily life here and all of my teachers here. I had a fantastic time during that corn maze day. It was really a special experience that I have ever had. I feel like I am at home in ELS Ruston and everything here is really amazing.

- Di Zang

Rena Sato, Japan

May 8, 2009

First, I love Ruston. Ruston is a small college city which has a great community to experience American country life. There are lakes to swim in, fish, and camp, and farms to ride horses. Also it is not expensive to live here compared with other big cities. ELS in Ruston has great teachers who make classes enjoyable and a comfortable environment. I met many friends from all over the world and learned different cultures, which I cannot learn in class. We had lunch together every day and dinner on the weekend. If you become an ELS student in Ruston, you will make a lot of friends and have many activities like bowling, short trips and pizza day. Come to Ruston to study English. Here has a good atmosphere to concentrate on studying! When I finished my English study at ELS Ruston, I chose to stay in Ruston and I’m a successful student in the Interior Design program at Louisiana Tech.

Terrific 12B!

December 5, 2016

All the fun we had at ELS Ruston during 12B

Fun Pictures!

June 7, 2016

Students having fun at ELS Ruston

International Day

May 11, 2016

ELS Students and international students from Louisiana Tech celebrated their countries, traditional food, clothes, and music!


2017 ELS/Ruston Application

2017 ELS/Ruston Application

2017 ELS/Ruston Center Application

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ELS at Louisiana Tech University

ELS at Louisiana Tech University

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

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Homestay Home Requirements

Homestay Home Requirements

Homestay Home Requirements

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Host Family Agreement

Host Family Agreement

Host Family Agreement

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Host Family Application and Profile

Host Family Application and Profile

Host Family Application and Profile

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Louisiana Tech Certificate Program

Louisiana Tech Certificate Program

Outlines the ELS Louisiana Tech Certificate Programs in Liberal Arts, Business, Science, and Education programs.

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Pre-Arrival Checklist and FAQs

Pre-Arrival Checklist and FAQs

This PDF will help you prepare for you trip and stay in Ruston. We look forward to meeting you!

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