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St. Petersburg, FL

4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711-4700
Tel.: (727)864-7820
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Eckerd College
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ELS/St. Petersburg is located on the beautiful, spacious waterfront campus of Eckerd College on Florida's tropical west coast. St. Petersburg is known for its mild year-round climate, pristine white sand beaches and spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Two of the USA's top 10 beaches are minutes away from the ELS Center. Outdoor activities are very popular. The area has professional baseball, soccer, football and hockey teams. All six of Florida's major theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and Sea World, are within a 90-minute drive. ELS/St. Petersburg students enjoy Eckerd's waterfront where they can use kayaks, paddle boards and fishing equipment at no cost. Advanced students can participate in the Eckerd College Certificate Program and attend International Business classes or International Relations classes. The Center's multinational student population allows students to "travel the world" in their classes.

  • Beautiful, safe waterfront campus with wide white sand beach
  • Mild tropical climate with an average temperature of 23C
  • Certificate program in International Business and International Relations
  • Dedicated, warm and helpful staff including Teachers of Excellence
  • Diversified student population usually from 20+ countries
  • Extensive activity program: trips to major theme parks, beaches, shopping and museums
  • Join ELS on social media! #ELSCenters #ELStPete

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 50/45
Bank 5
Downtown Area 60/30/10
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 10/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10/5
Supermarket 10/5
Public Transportation 5








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1840 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

TEFL Certificate Program

TEFL Certificate Program

2016 Cost Per Session
$2550 USD

St. Petersburg Dorms Residence Hall Room Student Residence Hall WestLodge Dorm Room Full Size Beds In room bath Homestay dining room WestLodge Laundry Homestay bedroom

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

$200 Key/Damage Deposit required.
Host families that are outside walking or biking distance to the center will drive ELS students to the campus in the morning and pick them up after class and activities.

Price per Session $1140
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 14
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Continuing Education Center - West Lodge(Student Residence (On Campus))

(NOT used for the Fun & Sun Camp program)

West Lodge is open to ELS students under the following criteria: 1. Students must be between the ages of 17 and 25; 2. Students must be enrolled in EAP or GEN 3. Students must stay for a minimum of 2 consecutive sessions
Shared rooms in on campus lodge-style student residence. Private bathroom (per room). Each room has 2 beds, desks, closet, a color TV (with cable), and Internet access. Most, but not all, rooms are equipped with phones. Linens are provided. Rooms are cleaned once weekly. Married Couple rooms may be available on campus with prior arrangements if both parties study at ELS. Each student pays full housing fee. Self-service laundry machines are available in the student residence for a small fee. Security: Each room has its own key, and there is a security checkpoint at the campus entrance. An Eckerd College Resident Assistant resides in the student residence.

Price per Session $1425
Occupancy Double Deluxe - Contact ELS for Married Couple rate/availability.
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
19 meals per week

Youth Homestay(Homestay)

Junior Camp

Double homestay accommodations

Minimum Age 10
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Families provide breakfast and dinner each day and lunches on the weekends. On class days, students eat lunch in the campus cafeteria. Meals will be provided during weekend excursions to theme parks, as well.

Fun & Sun Camp(Student Residence (On Campus))

Double occupancy dormitory accommodations. Shared dorm room student residence with shared bathroom.

Price per Session $1000
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 10
Airport Pickup $90
Meals / week or Meal Credit
On class days, all meals are provided by the campus cafeteria. Meals taken off-campus during excursions are not included.

Eckerd College Sign Amacost Library Cafeteria Entrance ELS Building ELS Student Lounge Sports Center Weight Room Exercise Room Tennis Courts Soccer Field Swimming Pool ELS Classroom ELS Computer Lab Eckerd College Beach Downtown St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Pier Aerial Shot of St. Petersburg Youth Camp Fun & Sun Dorm Room Youth Camp Fun & Sun Dorm Room Closet Youth Camp Fun & Sun Floor Bathrooms Youth Camp Fun & Sun Lounge Area Youth Camp Fun & Sun Lounge Area 2 Youth Camp Fun & Sun Dorm Outdoor Area Youth Camp Fun & Sun Cafeteria Youth Camp Fun & Sun Dorm Room 2
  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • 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

Karen Grubbs

Karen Grubbs

Center Director

Ms. Grubbs is the Center Director and has been with ELS Language Centers for the past 15 years. Her degrees include a BS in Biology and a BS in Medical Technology. She is an IELTS examiner and has worked with committees within ELS Language Centers to develop curriculum for our classes. Ms. Grubbs is warm and friendly and is always happy to help our students. She enjoys reading and spending time with her three precious grandchildren.

Laura Lubin

Laura Lubin

Academic Director

Hi! My name is Laura. I started with ELS in 2014. I have always loved learning other languages and traveling. Before coming to St. Petersburg, I taught English for 3 years in Japan, 3 years in Mexico and 4 years in Miami. My time teaching in Japan and Mexico really helped me discover my passion for learning about different cultures. The best part of my job is getting to help international students meet both their personal and academic goals during their stay at ELS St. Pete. We have an amazing group of instructors and our school really feels like a family away from home. I look forward to meeting you and helping you have a wonderful time.


2017 ELS/St. Petersburg Application

2017 ELS/St. Petersburg Application

2017 ELS/St. Petersburg Center Application

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Eckerd College Map of Waterfront Campus

Eckerd College Map of Waterfront Campus

Map of Campus

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ELS at Eckerd College

ELS at Eckerd College

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

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ELS/Eckerd International Business and International Relations and Global Affairs Certificate Program

ELS/Eckerd International Business and International Relations and Global Affairs Certificate Program

Eckerd College Classes Certificate

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SPE Session 12, 2016 Activity Calendar

SPE Session 12, 2016 Activity Calendar

We are THANKFUL for all of YOU!

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Student Activity Calendar Session 4, 2016

Student Activity Calendar Session 4, 2016

Check out this session's activities!

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