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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, as 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, including some of the most extensive bike trails, and more than 10,000 lakes. The areas also offers many cultural attractions, museums, theaters and shopping, including the Mall of America - the largest mall in the USA with an indoor amusement park, aquarium, and other entertainment and attractions.

  • Located on a a picturesque University campus in St Paul alongside the Mississippi River, and bordering the city of Minneapolis
  • ELS students have access to the campus facilities, including olympic-size indoor pool, high quality fitness center facility, and many recreational spaces
  • The Center is within walking distance to restaurants, a bank and a supermarket, as well as to a free shuttle to take them downtown Minneapolis
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Fast Facts - St. Paul

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 40/25/10
Bank 15/8/10/4
Downtown Area 40/25/15
Post Office 2
Restaurants 5/2/1
Shopping Mall/Outlet 35/20
Sports Stadium 45/25/35/20
Supermarket 15/7/10/4
Pharmacy 20/10/15/4
Public Transportation 5/2/1








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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

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 $135
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily in the homestay. On weekends, often 3 meals are provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Brady and Dowling Hall
(Student Residence (On Campus))

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


Price per Session $1510
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $135
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Meal plan includes 14 meals per week, plus an additional $55 per week in "flex dollars" to be spent in a variety of eating places on campus.

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 lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Music practice rooms
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking at Center
  • Fee for parking at Host Institution
  • Student Health Center
  • Library
  • 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

Riverboat Cruise

July 22, 2016

Students got the opportunity to tour the Twin Cities area and learn about the history of MN on a relaxing riverboat cruise.

MN Zoo

July 22, 2016

This past session, we took student to the MN Zoo on a beautiful day.

Geocaching at Lebanon Hills

July 22, 2016

In Session 7, we went to a local nature reserve and learned how to geocache! Students got to use GPS devices to locate hidden treasure. After a successful hunt, we then hung out at the beach and went canoeing on the lake.

Mall of America & Aquarium

July 22, 2016

In Session 6, students got to experience the aquarium at the Mall of America and do some shopping. They loved the shark exhibit!

Session 5 Graduation

July 22, 2016

Congratulations to all of the graduates and students who received special awards and honors.

Mississippi River Tour

July 22, 2016

We took our students to the Mill City Museum and Ruins on the bank of the Mississippi River. Students learned about the history of the Minneapolis flour milling industry.

Festival of Nations

July 22, 2016

Minneapolis/St. Paul held their annual Festival of Nations in May where the local public can go and experience food, music, dancing, and traditional crafts from cultures all over the world.

Como Zoo & Conservatory

July 22, 2016

In May, our students went to the zoo and conservatory. It was a bit chilly that day, but we still got to see many animals and plants.

RIP Prince

July 22, 2016

Prince, a local pop idol, passed away in April and Minnesota was in mourning. In order to honor him, many of our students decided to dress up in purple.

Party at the Center Director's House

July 22, 2016

Kari graciously hosted a typical American get-together at her house in April. We had beautiful weather, delicious food, and cheerful conversations. We also played lawn games (bocce ball and corn hole) and tried out Kari's new rock climbing wall.

Science Museum of MN

July 22, 2016

Exploration and discovery abound at the Science Museum of MN, where students got to try their own experiments with hands-on exhibits. We also got to enjoy the special Mummy exhibit and learn more about mummification in Egypt and South America.

Indoor Rock Climbing

July 22, 2016

Many of our students got to try rock climbing for the first time at Vertical Endeavors. Exciting!

Easter Party

July 22, 2016

To celebrate Easter, we decorated eggs, had an Easter egg hunt, and ate lots of sweets!

Mall of America Fun

July 22, 2016

To escape the winter chill, we headed to the Mall of America and some students tried the spiciest hot sauce at the Pepper Palace. We also went bowling in the Sky Deck, played arcade games, and went through a mirror maze.

Timberwolves Basketball Game

July 22, 2016

In March, we went to see the MN Timberwolves play the Golden State Warriors. What an exciting game!

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!


2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Brochure (Arabic)

2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Brochure (Arabic)

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2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Brochure (Chinese Simplified)

2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Brochure (Chinese Simplified)

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2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Brochure (English)

2016 ELS/St. Paul Center Brochure (English)

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2017 ELS/St. Paul Application

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Fast Facts - St. Paul

Fast Facts - St. Paul

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