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Seattle, WA

400 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Tel.: (206) 623-1481
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)


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ELS/Seattle is located in the trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood adjacent to downtown Seattle. ELS is located within walking distance of Seattle's original farmers market (Pike Place Market), sports stadiums and downtown shopping. Students can enjoy a ferry ride to one of the many Washington islands, going to the top of the famous Seattle Space Needle or having lunch in the International District. For those who want to explore beyond Seattle's city limits, the Pacific Coast, Portland and Vancouver are just a few hours away. <br/>Seattle is home to world famous companies such as Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, Costco and Microsoft. With its close proximity to the water and mountains, Seattleites enjoy numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking and camping.

  • Home to world class culture and entertainment
  • Conveniently located in the vibrant neighborhood of Capitol Hill, just a short walk from downtown Seattle
  • New Student Residence option with first class amenities
  • Large international community
  • Join ELS on social media! #ELSCenters #ELSSeattle

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 45/20
Bank 10/5/5/5
Downtown Area 10/5/5/5
Post Office 10/5/5/5
Restaurants 5/5/5/7
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10/5/5/5
Sports Stadium 45/20/15/15/10
Supermarket 10/5/5/5
Pharmacy 5/5/5
Public Transportation 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

206 Bell Apartments (25 minute walk from ELS) Rooftop includes BBQ grills, TV and fire pit Views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound from the roof Lobby includes mail room with package delivery Recreation room with foosball, pool, ping pong and TV Fitness Center includes free weights Kitchen with stainless steel appliances Kitchen with bistro table and juliette balcony Open floor plan with hardwood floors Living Room with large windows Desks for student work Bathroom with in-unit washer and dryer Bedroom with ample closet space Restaurants, cafes and shops are minutes away Restaurants, cafes and shops are minutes away Grocery store (only a 5 minute walk away)

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Homestays are located in Seattle suburban areas along bus lines. Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation.

Price per Session $1010
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $120
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week. Breakfast and dinner provided Monday-Friday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

206 Bell Apartments(Student Residence (Off Campus))

The 206 Bell Housing is located at the corner of 2nd Ave. and Bell St. It is conveniently located in the Belltown neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Seattle and is a 25 minute walk to the center. Restaurants, cafes, shopping and public transportation are minutes away.
In the apartments, two students will share a bedroom and a bathroom. When a bedroom is shared, students are usually paired with another student from a different country, but you may also have a roommate from your same country. We have already moved current students to 206 Bell and have welcomed new students.
Each apartment has a kitchen and includes plates, pots & pans, cutlery and cooking utensils. Each bedroom is provided with linens (sheets and comforter, pillow, pillowcase and bath towel) as well as closet space. The apartment has Wi-Fi internet, cable TV and a washer/dryer. A cleaning service will clean the apartment once a month.
The apartments are in a secure building, which is locked at all times. Students will need their key to enter the building.
Advantages include: \*Modern Building with State-of- the-Art Amenities \*97 Walk Score \*Close to Public Transportation \*Open-Concept Floor Plans \*Stainless Steel Kitchen \*Appliances with Built in \*Microwave and Dishwasher \*In Unit Washers/Dryers \*Hardwood Floors \*Juliette Balcony
Amenities include: \*Controlled Access \*Package Receiving \*Fitness Center \*Free Covered Bike Storage \*Green Community \*Wi-Fi Hotspots \*Billiards Lounge \*Resident Lounge \*Rooftop Terrace with Sweeping City and Puget Sound Views \*Sky Lounge BBQ Area

Price per Session $1390
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $120
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included.

Front entrance of center building Front entrance of ELS with bicycle racks Students enjoying the sunshine during break Students gathering for an activity Student participating in class discussion Students in the student lounge Students in small group work An instructor preparing for class Language Technology Center ELS is located in Capitol Hill, adjacent to downtown Seattle The fountain at Cal Anderson Park (a 5 min walk from ELS) Mt. Rainier on a sunny day Seattle Great Wheel with downtown in the background View of the Space Needle and Olympic Mountains
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Bathroom - Suite (2 people)
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Fee for parking at Center
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • 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?

  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

Rikki Pierotti

Rikki Pierotti

Center Director

Originally from Kane, Pennsylvania, Rikki has been with ELS/Seattle since 2008. She developed a love of travel as a child through family road trips across the US. By the age of 21, she had been to 49 out of 50 states. Rikki lived and worked in Poland for 3 years prior to coming to Seattle. She holds a Masters in Education in TESOL from Seattle University. She also enjoys watching sports and spending time outdoors.

Lea Stimson

Lea Stimson

Academic Director

Lea is a true Seattleite with a passion for travel, language, and culture. After graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Economics, she travelled abroad in France and Italy. Having worked in the business world for years, she decided to change directions and go into the field of Education. In 2010, while pursuing her M. Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Seattle University, she began teaching at ELS Seattle and has been enjoying it ever since!

Kelsey Bleckner

Kelsey Bleckner

International Student Advisor

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kelsey is proud to call Seattle her home. After graduating from Washington State University with a BA in Spanish, she moved to Barcelona, Spain to get the CELTA certificate and teach for 3 years. When she moved back to Seattle in 2011, she worked at ELS/Seattle as a teacher for 2 years before moving into the ISA position. She is currently pursuing a M. Ed. in Adult Training/ESL and hopes to continue working in an international education setting for years to come.

Caroline Castel Rongcal

Caroline Castel Rongcal


Caroline was born and raised in France. She first came to Seattle 10 years ago to study English as an international student and fell in love with the city and its culture. She began her college education at Seattle Central Community College, then transferred and graduated the University of Washington with a BA in Mass Communication and International Studies. Caroline loves to meet people from all cultures and share life experiences. Caroline dedicates her free time to friends, family, good meals, golf and travel.


May 26, 2016


ELS have helped me with my English significantly especially in writing. I remember my first day at ELS/Seattle. I had no confidence in my English skill, but look at me now- full of confidence! I would like to thank everybody at ELS/Seattle for their help and I would never forget my time here.

-Khalid,Saudi Arabia


April 8, 2016


Coming to the U.S to achieve your goal is something everyone doesn't do often. Before I came to ELS I loved taking classes at another language school and I thought with the certificate of that school I will be able to enter college class without taking the TOEFL or IELTS test. But since I have come to ELS I have gotten the chance I wanted to get because I wanted to go to a school that has arrangements with many Universities and Colleges that can facilitate me pursuing my major in office skill management.

Oscar Mba

-Oscar,Equatorial Guinea

Ahreum Park

April 6, 2016


Before I studied at ELS, even it wasn't easy to order Caramel Macchiato because of my pronunciation. They couldn't understand what I ordered! While I've been studying English with the great teachers and classmates at ELS, I could improve not only my English but also confidence. Also, I learned how to treat many people of different nationalities. For me, ELS isn't just school. I really appreciate ELS for everything.

-Ahreum Park,South Korea


September 2, 2014


ELS is a great place to study and improve your English language skills required in universities, colleges and simply everyday life. I am grateful that I got the chance to study in ELS, though only for a session, for it improved my language skills,especially spoken English. The classes there not only discuss about the lessons, but they also have many class discussions every day. A great place to start your study if you are going to a college or university like me.
The teachers there are also super friendly. They are very helpful in class, always giving answers our your questions, even to the silliest ones. They all know you one by one and can give out feedback depending on what you are lacking in class.



August 19, 2014


I am going to study Master's degree in microbiology.

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


August 19, 2014


Next month I will be studying some classes in my county that are related to dentistry.

-Ameen,Saudi Arabia

Raghad at One World Trip to NYC

July 22, 2014


Those five days I spent in New York will always be on my mind. I was inspired by all the people I met there, who were cultivated, talented and creative. Learning about different cultures around the world is one of the things I enjoy doing, ELS gave me the chance to do that. The first day was the day we arrived to Adelphi University, where we stayed for five days. On that day, we were told about the things we were going to do on the program. The second day was the hardest day. We prepared a presentation about peace and how we can achieve it, and then we presented it in Adelphi University theatre. On the third day, we visited the United Nations, which was a big honor for me, I met Mr. Ward; one of the teachers who corrected my essay. After that, we had dinner together at Hard Rock Cafe. I loved the atmosphere there; the 80’s rock and roll music. On the fourth day, which was the busiest day, we visited The Empire State Building. The view of New Your City at the top of The Empire State Building was
breathtaking, I felt like the world was mine! After that, we went shopping and took a tour around New York. When we went back to the University, we had a farewell dinner and took some pictures together. Finally, we had a closing party in Black Box Theatre, where we danced and had fun together for the last time. The fifth day was the day we said goodbye to each other. Those last moments were really hard, because we all felt that the five days were not just five days! We felt like we had known each other for a long time! Ah. Just writing about this trip makes want to go back there! Thank you to all my teachers in ELS Seattle. I am thankful for all the staff of ELS.

-Raghad,Saudi Arabia


July 9, 2014


ELS adopted me when I was a caterpillar learning English. They raised me until I got my wings to fly and reach my dreams at Seattle University. I really appreciate ELS and keep in mind that nothing is hard and everything is possible if you believe.

-Mansour,Saudi Arabia

Yahya Alyami

May 6, 2014


"I will never speak English". This what I was saying before I came to ELS. This school made learning English so easy for me. After a while I realized that English is the most interesting thing in my life. To learn English well you need to trust yourself, do your homework and practice English everyday.

-Yahya Alyami,Saudi Arabia

Paula Díaz Morales

April 14, 2014


ELS is a great school with awesome people like teachers and classmates. You can find support and a family in them. It's a great place to learn and grow as a person

-Paula Díaz Morales,Venezuela

Saud Albeshir

October 30, 2013


I would like to say thank you ELS for helping me with English. I started learning English when I was 24 years old. It seemed hard to learn a new language well at this age. However, ELS pushed me up to study it. Now, I completed level 112 or the highest level at ELS. If you are looking for an English school to study in, I strongly recommend ELS Seattle. It provides big opportunity to improve your English step by step. For me, I spent great time here. The stuff and teachers are reflecting the kindness of Seattle. You should come to touch your dream.

-Saud Albeshir,Saudi Arabia

ELS/Seattle Students Speak

September 18, 2013

Kaled Alenezi

September 12, 2013


To be honest, learning English language in ELS Seattle is a great step if your are up to continuing with higher education. ELS Seattle teaches you what you need to know about the language. In addition to that, not only does ELS have a great plan in English, but it also has helpful staff who are willing to answer all your questions. If you a bit confused about what is better for you, you better know that ELS is the optimal option you have got.

-Kaled Alenezi,Saudi Arabia

Keita Kawamata

July 23, 2013


I really enjoyed my time at ELS. There are many students who are from other countries, so I learned not only English but also cultures of other countries. The classes were very exciting and I enjoyed studying English with my friends. I love ELS and my friends here. Studying at ELS was a very good experience for me.

-Keita Kawamata,Japan

Ernesto Trias, Venezuela

September 17, 2009

I came to ELS Seattle because I have family here. My uncle and his family live in Seattle as well as a cousin who moved here from Venezuela 8 years ago. She went to ELS and told me that she had a great experience. As to my experience in the last 5 months, I can say that I have not thought about Venezuela because ELS feels like my family. Everyone knows each other from the activities we have each weekend. I have learned more and more English and culture from the other international students. I think that the difference between ELS and the other schools is that ELS is a family and other schools are just schools.

- Ernesto Trias

Elyas Aldahlawi, Saudi Arabia

September 17, 2009

I came to ELS because I heard about it in my county and a lot of my friends encouraged me to go there. I learned a lot of things in ELS. It’s true that I didn’t like the weather in Seattle, but that doesn’t affect my personal feelings about ELS. They let me feel like I was at home. Good teachers, advisors, and students were at ELS/Seattle. I found all of these wonderful things at ELS/Seattle. They worked really hard to let us enjoy their activities. I really recommend that you study at ELS/Seattle. Not only will you learn English, you will learn about current events and what is new in life. Finally, they helped me a lot to get into Seattle University. So, don’t wait anymore and don’t miss your chance to learn English... Believe me; they will help you with anything you need.

- Elyas Aldahlawi


2017 ELS/Seattle Application

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ELS at Seattle

ELS at Seattle

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

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