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Teaneck, NJ

1000 River Road, Robison Hall, 4th Floor
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel.: (201) 907-0004
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Fairleigh Dickinson University [Metropolitan Campus]
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The city of Teaneck, NJ is the home of ELS/Teaneck, which is situated on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University located in northern New Jersey. Just 30 minutes from the excitement of New York City, Teaneck is located in a beautiful and safe area within Bergen County, NJ which is accessible to many forms of public transportations such as buses and trains. Due to this accessibility, students can visit other major cities including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston. There are also many beautiful public parks within the city and local area that attract festivals throughout the year. ELS/Teaneck is also within close proximity of The Meadowlands which is the home of MetLife Stadium. MetLife stadium is the home of the american football teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, and other sporting events such as soccer and live concerts. Teaneck's diverse community is a welcoming environment for international students.

  • Campus Facility Use
  • New York City's cultural and historical attractions, shopping, restaurants and nightlife
  • Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC are easy to reach for possible weekend trips

Fast Facts - Teaneck

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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 60/45
Bank 30/15/10/10
Post Office 30/20/15/15
Restaurants 15/5/5/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 20/10/10
Sports Stadium 30/30/20
Supermarket 15/10/10/10
Pharmacy 15/10/5/5
Public Transportation 5/5








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Programs available at this location

2017 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Most homestays are within walking distance to the ELS Center; some will require public transportation (bus) to and from ELS. Host families are very friendly and help students adjust to the public transportation system within the local area. Students are responsible for their personal transportation.

Price per Session $1080
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $135 - 210
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

Linden 8(Student Residence (On Campus))

Linden 8 Apartments are shared suite style on-campus dorms. All rooms include bed, desk, dresser, night stands, desk chair, lamp, closet, and micro-fridge (combined microwave and small refrigerator).
IMPORTANT - Students will not be allowed to check-in until their FDU Health Forms have been completed and approved by the FDU Student Health Center. A copy of the health forms should be sent to ELS Central Admissions or Teaneck at least 4 weeks prior to arrival. Please note: a meningitis vaccine is required and for some countries, this is only possible to obtain in the U.S. If this is your case, please contact the Teaneck center as quickly as possible.

Price per Session $1300 - 1390
Occupancy Double,
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $135 - 210
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

ELS located within this building Teaneck: Business Building Teaneck Library Students Hanging Out Walking Path around Teaneck Teaneck Building with Flags Teaneck Fitness Center New York City Central Park New York City Skyline
  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking at Center
  • Free parking at Host Institution
  • Basketball court
  • 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

John Tello

John Tello

Center Director

I initial started with ELS back in 2013 as the International Student Advisor and now have taken on the responsibilities as the Center Director here at ELS-Teaneck. I am a native New Jersey resident and enjoy serving my community by mentoring youth on and off the basketball court. I am a graduate of Felician College where I was granted with a full scholarship to play basketball and through this experience, I learned the true essence of leadership. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University. I am delighted to work with students from around the world and providing them with counseling that will allow them to flourish as international students in the U.S. Seeing our students reach their academic goals is the best part of my job and I look forward to continuing to assist our students reach their goals while also learning more about their culture!

Meri Petkovska

Meri Petkovska

Academic Director

My journey at ELS-Teaneck began as an Instructional specialist before moving on to become the Academic Director. I received my Bachelors of Art in English Language and Literature from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia and a Masters of Art in Applied Linguistics, ESL Concentration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA. I love learning new languages and travelling. Born and raised in Macedonia, I was exposed to English, French,Spanish, Portuguese, and all the Balkan languages. I am a native speaker of Macedonian and I can understand and be conversant to some degree in all the above-mentioned languages. As an English as a second language learner myself; I can truly understand the needs of our students.

Joelle Graham

Joelle Graham


My journey started here in 1989 as a Clerical staff member at the Language Institute for English in Rutherford, NJ. Through our many transitions the one thing that remains constant is my enjoyment for the students in which we serve. As one of the first staff members on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University-Teaneck I currently serve as the centers Registrar. In my role, I am responsible for handling all student accounts receivables and payable duties in addition to maintaining the centers financial records and performing administrative duties. In my spare time, I enjoy movies on the big screen and going to the spa.

Anne Arauz

Anne Arauz

Homestay Coordinator

Welcome to ELS-Teaneck! I am Anne Arauz. I have been placing international students into American homestay families at ELS for the past 12 years. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and received my degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading and practicing yoga.

ELS Students Speak - About Family Legacy with ELS

August 15, 2011

Thiago Barros, Brazil

September 17, 2009

I decided to come to ELS Teaneck because I have family living near the center. At first, I was a little worried – new school, new teachers, new house, and new country. However, my first day here, I felt something special. I love the teachers, the new friends from different countries, the trips to New York, the parties for new students. I feel like these “new” people are like a family. If you need help, they help you. I f you have a problem; they do everything to solve it. The most important thing is they really know how to improve your English. I suggest that everyone come here and see how great this family is!

- Thiago Barros

Pumpkin Carving

October 25, 2016

Our students worked in groups to show their creative side through Pumpkin Carving! Here are some photo's from the event.

United Nations Forum- Many Languages, One World

August 16, 2016

The Many Languages, One World essay contest winners presented their action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our Masters students were in attendance to listen to their plan of action and explore the United Nation's headquarters. Here are some photos from that day.

Meadowlands State Fair

July 20, 2016

Every year during the month of July, the Meadowlands host the State Fair! Students were able to enjoy the different rides, play different carnival games, and enjoy the variety of food such as gyros, cheese steaks, pizza, and fried desserts! Here are some photos from the event.

Contact America- Visit from the Teaneck Police Department

July 20, 2016

For our July Contact America activity, officers from the Teaneck Police Department and the Assistant Director of FDU Public Safety visited ELS Languages Centers. The officers gave a PowerPoint presentation on essential personal safety topics including campus safety tips, police interaction procedures, rules and regulations for minors and gun laws. The students greatly appreciated the visit and actively participated in a Q&A session.

Broadway Show- On Your Feet

July 20, 2016

ELS-Teaneck took a trip into NYC to see the recent popular Broadway Show, On Your Feet. The show was based on the of international sensations Gloria and Emilio Esteban-two people who believed in the power of their music, their love, and the American Dream!

Broadway Show- On Your Feet

July 20, 2016

ELS-Teaneck took a trip into NYC to see the recent popular Broadway Show, On Your Feet. The show was based on the story of the story of international sensations Gloria and Emilio Esteban. Students were dancing and singing throughout the show!

Contact America- Farmer's Market

July 20, 2016

For Contact America, our Masters student walked over to the local Farmer's Market here in Teaneck to converse with the locals and enjoy some fresh fruit!

New Jersey Devils game

June 1, 2016

NHL hockey is a popular sport here in the U.S. and ELS-Teaneck took a trip to Newark, NJ to watch the NJ Devils in action! Unfortunately, the NJ Devils lost but it was a close game down to the wire! Here are some photos from the event.

NJ Mobile Museum

March 29, 2016

The NJ Mobile Museum displays images, artifacts, film & a suite of interactive tools that exhibit the leaders and legends of NJ. The museum is 53-foot double expandable trailer and was located here on-campus at FDU in the parking lot behind our building. Our students took a few minutes from class with their instructors to visit the NJ Mobile Museum to learn more about the legends of NJ.

Medieval Times Show

March 29, 2016

In Lyndhurst, NJ, there is a castle the stands over NJ Turnpike and catches the eyes of travelers. This castle is known as Medieval Times! The show includes a dinner (which can only be eaten with your hands!) and a performance by knights battling against one another for the heart of the fans. The show and the meal was very enjoyable and delicious! Here are photo%27s from the event.

Snowtubing- Mountain Creek

March 29, 2016

During the winter time, snow tubing is a popular event here in the metropolitan area. We had a big group of students travel to Mountain Creek, NJ to enjoy the scenery as well as the snow tubing hills. Here are photos from that day.

Broadway show- Matilda

March 3, 2016

Broadway shows are one of our top activities here at ELS-Teaneck and this session we headed out to New York City to watch Matilda the Musical. It was wonderful to watch the performance, especially seeing the talent that the children had! Here are some photo's from the show.

Elf the musical

January 21, 2016

For the holiday season, ELS-Teaneck traveled to Madison Square Garden to enjoy a new holiday musical, The Elf. Based off the original movie, Buddy Elf travels to New York City from the North Pole in search of his biological father. The musical was very amusing and our students enjoyed the show. Here are some photos from the event!


2017 ELS/Teaneck Application

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ELS at Fairleigh Dickinson University

ELS at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Teaneck 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 - Teaneck

Fast Facts - Teaneck

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Session 3B Activities Calendar

Session 3B Activities Calendar

Here is what we have planned for Session 3B here at ELS- Teaneck!

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Session 4B Calendar

Session 4B Calendar

Here is what we have planned at our center for Session 4B! Happy Spring!

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