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Tacoma, WA

1101 South Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
Tel.: 253-680-7284
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Bates Technical College
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ELS/Tacoma is located downtown on the friendly campus of Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington, a mid-sized city (population 200,000). Students interact with classmates from around the world and enjoy lively classes taught by qualified and experienced instructors. Cafes, dining, recreation, hospitals and entertainment are all within a 10-minute walk from campus. ELS/Tacoma students participate in outdoor activities, seasonal cultural celebrations, student clubs, volunteer organizations and night life. Students may also easily take day trips to other popular destinations: Mount Rainier National Park; Seattle; Portland; and Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Many students enjoy Tacoma's moderate weather, with warm, dry summers and mild winters.

  • Excellent community college pathways
  • Over 21 nationalities since 2012
  • Modern and affordable Student Residence - close to ELS Center, restaurants, major transit center
  • Comfortable weather without extremes
  • Students enjoy: Center events, club sports, outdoor activities, proximity to Seattle and Portland, and free access to new fitness center
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Fast Facts – Tacoma

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30
Bank 15
Downtown Area 10
Post Office 15
Restaurants 5/10/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 30/15
Sports Stadium 25
Supermarket 15
Pharmacy 10
Public Transportation 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
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

CELTA Certificate Program

Jump-start your career as an English as a Second Language teaching professional!

2017 Cost Per Session
$2595 USD

ELS Off Campus Apartment (Double Deluxe) Outdoor Terrace of ELS Off Campus Apartment Court 17 Apartments - Communal Recreation Room Communal Recreation Room ELS Dorm Kitchen Court 17 Apartments - Bedroom Court 17 Apartments - Apartment B Living Room Gym (Across Street from ELS Apartment) - Free Membership Starbucks and Food Options - (5) minute walk from housing Free train to navigate downtown - (5) min walk from dorm Kayaking at Foss Harbor (15) minute walk from Dorm

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

ELS/Tacoma staff interview and visit each homestay family. Center staff look for families that are welcoming, flexible, understanding, compassionate, and have a desire to provide a great experience for students. Students describe their homestay families as friendly, helpful, wonderful and very nice.

Price per Session $1090
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $170
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week. Breakfast: Breakfast can be hot or cold; self-serve is fine as long as the Host Family explains this procedure to the student. Dinner: Dinner should be a sit-down meal as a family at least 4 or 5 nights a week. . On evenings when the Host Family will not be able to sit down to a meal, the student must be provided with a prepared meal. The Host Family can leave prepared foods in the refrigerator for the student with instructions on how to heat dinner. Lunch and Snacks: Lunch and in-between meal snack foods are not included in the Homestay price.

Court 17 Apartments(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Apartment-style dormitories with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, desks, and in-unit washer and dryer. Maximum of four students per apartment, with students sharing a bedroom and bathroom. Wi-Fi access and cable TV are provided in each ELS apartment. Building has a communal courtyard with BBQ and outdoor seating, as well as a community room for celebrations and events.
Within a 5-minute walk from the apartment are shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and electric train stop. Students can reach the waterfront in 10 minutes by foot, where they can experience kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, boating, and enjoy great views while they have lunch or dinner.

Price per Session $780
Occupancy Double Deluxe
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $170
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

ELS Hallway ELS Tacoma Hallway ELS Hallway - 3 ELS Tacoma LTC (Language Technology Center) Cafeteria Auditorium Courtyard of Host Institution Coffee Shop across street from ELS Tacoma View from Bates Technical College - Downtown Campus
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking at Center
  • Free parking at Host Institution
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • 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

Tomo Igari

Tomo Igari

Center Director

Tomo was born in Tokyo, Japan, and was raised in Washington State. He joined the ELS Tacoma team in the fall of 2013. He enjoys working with international students, being part of the student experience, and loves learning about different cultures. He is married to his best friend who is his greatest encouragement.

Kerry Kwon

Kerry Kwon

International Student Advisor

Kerry joined the ELS Tacoma Team in the summer of 2016. His favorite food is churrascaria (Brazillian BBQ) and he loves to travel in his free time. He is passionate about international affairs and is always open to discussion. Feel free to come by his office anytime and strike up a conversation.


August 4, 2016


Hello everybody, I’m Kosuke Horikawa from Osaka, Japan. Before I came here, I didn’t study English so much, because I was busy. Also, I didn’t like English, but I really like it now. Actually, I don’t want to go back to Japan recently because I have had a lot of good friends since I came here. I still want to try conversation with native speaker and other students. After graduation, I’m going to university in Japan, and then I’ll get a license of preschool teacher, and I want to teach English to children. It’s my dream. Also, I hope that they will try to have good conversation with native speaker and they will get an experience for their future.



August 4, 2016


I’m Yuki Kubota from Tokyo, Japan. My purposes for coming to ELS Tacoma were making foreign friends and speaking English as much as I could. I think ELS Tacoma is good for these purposes because the classes have few students and you can speak a lot. Consequently, it’s easy to make many friends and speak English however you want. I’m really proud of having studied in ELS Tacoma and I greatly appreciate my teachers and friends.



May 26, 2015


I have been here for 8 months; also I have learned a lot of English. The school really helped me. The school has an awesome International Student Advisor who helps students find a university or transfer to another school etc. If students have any questions, she would pleasure to help.



May 26, 2015


It was an amazing experience. The whole month I felt really welcomed by all the people in Tacoma, my classmates, and teachers…I really enjoyed my time on there seeing other cultures while I was learning…I would widely recommend people to go to Tacoma…”



February 25, 2014


I really like ELS Tacoma. It's a really good school. The ambiance is great, they have a lot of extra-curricular things. The teachers are very nice. It is a very good opportunity to learn English.



October 4, 2013


The advantages of ELS are many. In this gifted chance, I'll mention these good things. The staff is always pushing students to speak English, even during the breaks. They help students with their private issues, and they always have interesting events and trips during the weekends.



May 13, 2013


ELS is a really good school. It will help you to learn English very fast. If you would like to learn English, you should choose ELS Tacoma.

-Ali,Saudi Arabia


April 12, 2013


Hi my name is Seungyeon Jang. I am from South Korea. Why did I choose the ELS TACOMA center? I found a quiet place where I can concentrate on studying. Also, I love rainy weather. Tacoma’s weather is very nice. It is rainy but not humid. Also Three day is rainy, Three day is sunny in a week. However, I thought about TACOMA before I came here. Tacoma Will let me experience the United States?. Because Tacoma seemed to be a very small town. However, my expectations were off. There was Mt. Rainier in Seattle, and Portland nearby Tacoma. Also there is the teacher who was born and raised in Tacoma, that way took me to many places after school. We have a lot of extracurricular activities Museum of Glass, Downtown tour, such as bowling tournament. Also, I met good people. Good teachers, advisers, and students. This gave me a lot of influence. If I could not meet like these people, I might transfer to another center. So, I cannot forget this experience and people. I love Tacoma.

-Seungyeon,South Korea


April 8, 2013


I changed ELS centers because of closing of my ex-center. But choosing Tacoma is my decision. I have heard that Seattle and Tacoma are two of the most beautiful towns in America. I wanted to study in the lively town like Tacoma. Actually, Tacoma is wonderful! Convenient bus network, beautiful scenery, moderate climate, and awesome ELS! I suppose ELS Tacoma focuses on conversation. Teachers lead students to participate in their class actively and make a great effort to make an enjoyable class. Plus, teachers help students get along well. Therefore both classes and activities are really fun! I love ELS Tacoma! Thank you for a splendid experience!


Summer Activities

September 27, 2016

Parasailing, Trip to Washington State Fair, Baseball Game, Mt. Rainier Hike, Museum of Glass, BBQ, Eating Contest, Kayaking

Kayaking in Foss Harbor

April 19, 2016



April 19, 2016



2017 ELS/Tacoma Application

2017 ELS/Tacoma Application

2017 ELS/Tacoma Center Application

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ELS and Bates Educational Pathways

ELS and Bates Educational Pathways

Admission Information for Applying to Bates Through ELS

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ELS at Bates Technical College

ELS at Bates Technical College

ELS Tacoma on the Campus of Bates Technical College

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ELS Tacoma at Bates Overview

ELS Tacoma at Bates Overview

Overview with Photos of ELS Tacoma

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ELS Tacoma Center Profile with Photos

ELS Tacoma Center Profile with Photos

Profile of ELS Tacoma and Bates Technical College with photos

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Fast Facts – Tacoma

Fast Facts – Tacoma

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Local Area Guide - Tacoma

Local Area Guide - Tacoma

Local Area Map, including ELS Center, YMCA, Cooperative Schools, Places of Interest, Cafes and Restaurants

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