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St. Paul, MN

2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Tel.: (651)962-5990
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: University of St. Thomas - Minnesota
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ELS/St. Paul is situated on the picturesque University of St. Thomas-Minnesota campus, located on the Mississippi Riverfront between the historic city of St. Paul, and the more modern city of Minneapolis. The campus spans both cities, connected by a private shuttle that conveniently transports students. The two cities share a reputation for safety, cleanliness and low-cost living in a friendly Midwestern environment. Minnesotans enjoy a variety of outdoor activities year-round, looking forward to the new adventures and old traditions that each season brings.

  • Campus facility use, including Olympic-size indoor pool & high quality fitness center
  • The Mall of America -largest mall in the USA, with an indoor amusement park, aquarium and other attractions
  • Cultural attractions, museums, theaters & shopping
  • Outdoor recreation -biking, hiking, apple picking, skiing, ice skating, swimming, kayaking, fishing
  • Near corporations and the Mayo Clinic, the highest-ranked US hospital
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Fast Facts - St. Paul

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 20/45
Bank 10/5
Downtown Area 20/10
Post Office 2
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 20/40
Supermarket 15/5
Public Transportation 4








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2016 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Student Residence Room St. Paul Dorm Room Inside a Dorm Room Student Residence kitchen Student Residence Laundry Room

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students look forward to eating dinner in the evenings with their host families, celebrating holidays and other traditions with them, and having the opportunity to practice their English with them every day. Host families assist students in finding their way to the Center on the first day, and teach them how to use the bus system, as needed. Students who choose to live with host families are able to learn more about American culture than those who live on their own.

Price per Session $1050
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $130
Meals / week or Meal Credit
16 meals per week

UST-Koch Commons
(Student Residence (On Campus))

Traditional style on-campus dormitory rooms are available. They are double rooms, with shared bathroom facilities. Girls' dormitories are separated in different parts of the building from the boys' dormitories. However, ELS students live alongside American University of St. Thomas students. The rooms include a bed, dresser, desk, refrigerator and microwave. There is a shared kitchen space available in the building. Bed linens are also included. Self-service laundry machines are available in the same dormitory building.
All buildings are secure, requiring keyed access. There is a Resident Advisor in each dormitory hallway to provide support and assistance to student residents.

Price per Session $1495
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $130
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week.

Welcome to ELS Language Center, 3rd Floor, Murray Hall Shuttle bus to downtown Minneapolis campus Downtown Minneapolis Campus ELS Learning Technology Lab Anderson Student Center Cafe and Smoothie Bar - Anderson Student Center One of the dining facilities in Anderson Student Center Bowling Alley at Anderson Student Center Anderson Campus Athletic Facility: Indoor Track Anderson Campus Athletic Facility:  Fitness Center Anderson Campus Athletic Facility:  Swimming Pool Campus Recreation:  Volleyball Courts Around Town:  Student Beach Party Around town: River Tubing Expedition Around Town:  Students learning to snowboard
  • Computer center
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • 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

Kari Fletcher

Kari Fletcher

Center Director

Kari Fletcher is the new Center Director at St. Paul ELS since October 2012. Kari has an MA in International Management and is CELTA certified. She has worked in non profit management and higher education for over 10 years. She has also taught English in China and has lived in Spain, Paraguay, and the UK. She loves traveling, exploring cultural diversity, and spending time in the outdoors.

Margaret Pederson

Margaret Pederson

Academic Director

Margaret Pederson has an M. ED in TESOL from Seattle University, a TEFL Certificate from Hamline University and has taught English all over the world. She most recently taught in China, before that in Brazil, France, and Japan. She loves to travel and just returned from Turkey. Margaret is particularly good at curriculum development and at coaching students on ways they can best work on their English skills. She started at ELS/St. Paul in April, 2011.

Ruth Appleton

Ruth Appleton


In August, Ruth celebrated 25 years as Registrar at ELS St Paul. Besides her tasks as Registrar, Ruth coordinates residence hall housing for St Paul students. Students enjoy visiting with Ruth and often stop by her office to practice speaking English.


March 19, 2015


“I couldn’t speak when I first came to the US to study English. My ELS classes gave me the confidence to learn and speak English well so that I could attend college here. I learned a lot from both my Teachers as well as my classmates. The Reading and Writing classes, as well as the Research class, helped prepare me for the Business Plan I had to create in the class I am now taking at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.” – Shun


July 23, 2013


Studying abroad in the United States and starting classes at a new school is not easy, but starting to study at ELS language center gave us the opportunity to have a great experience, to communicate and share our culture with our classmate. Also studying there gave us an advantage to have international friends. We were like a big family supporting and helping each other. Moreover, I would like to thank ELS staff for their hard work to help us to improve our reading, writing and speaking skills.

-Muhannad,Saudi Arabia


June 19, 2013


It's hard for people to adjust to a new country, community, and culture. However, ELS became our family that helped us to not be sad; it's like our family that made us confident. It helped us not to be invisible. Thanks to all ELS staff who treated us as their brothers and sisters. Campus is like my house garden, I feel comfortable when I walk around it. Everyone is smiling; no one looks sad or angry. It makes us feel as if we're in our home country.

-Bader,Saudi Arabia


June 18, 2012


First of all, I have had one of the best times in my life at ELS, Saint Paul/MN. I could learn a lot with my teachers who helped me to improve my English skills since level 102. In addition, the international student advisor and the director gave me some opportunities to know the American life outside of ELS with its activities and their advice.

ELS has good support to help students to improve their English in the US. Because of this, I finished ELS in 11 months. To do this I put my mind in the US and studied hard to be done at ELS. I’m glad that my company in Brazil sent me to ELS, Saint Paul to have a chance to learn English. I would like to say thanks to all my teachers, the staff, and the international student advisors that I’ve had at ELS in Minnesota. You could come to ELS to have one of the best experiences in your life!


Cliff C. Nsubuga, Uganda

August 10, 2009

ELS is an immensely fun experience for anyone who wants to learn English and interact with different cultures.

- Cliff C. Nsubuga

International Fair

April 21, 2016

Our host university, the University of St. Thomas, held an international fair in February. Many of our students participated and were able to teach Americans about their home countries, traditions, and food.

Skiing & Snowboarding at Afton Alps:

April 21, 2016

In January, our students got to enjoy some traditional winter sports. It was a beautiful evening and everyone had a blast!


April 20, 2016

Whirlyball is a crazy sport that combines basketball, lacrosse, and bumper cars!

Valentine's Day Party

April 20, 2016

February 14th is the holiday of love: Valentine's Day! We had a party where students got to make valentines for family and friends, decorate heart-shaped cookies, play games and have a dance party.

Snow Tubing

April 20, 2016

In February, we had another opportunity for students to enjoy winter sports. This time, we all went snow tubing!

Skiing & Snowboarding at Afton Alps

April 20, 2016

In January, our students got to enjoy some traditional winter sports. It was a beautiful evening and everyone had a blast!

Painting Party

April 20, 2016

Katie, our Assistant Academic Director, taught students how to create a simple, yet beautiful painting. It was amazing to see how talented all our students are!

ELS St.Paul Christmas Party!

December 28, 2015

We rented a Hummer Limo to tour the city and see all the Christmas Lights! The students enjoyed sparkling champagne and holiday treats while playing game to win prizes!


2016 ELS/St. Paul Application

2016 ELS/St. Paul Application

2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Application

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ELS at the University of St. Thomas

ELS at the University of St. Thomas

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

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Fast Facts - St. Paul

Fast Facts - St. Paul

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