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Thousand Oaks, CA

203 Faculty Street
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Tel.: (805) 493-3760
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: California Lutheran University
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ELS/Thousand Oaks is located on the beautiful campus of California Lutheran University. Located about 20 kilometers from the Pacific Coast and downtown Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks is a stunning suburban city with a true feeling of community. Thousand Oaks is ranked as one of the safest cities of its size in the United States, and offers outdoor festivals, shopping and fantastic sunny days year-round. <br/>It is easy for students to feel like they are part of the California Lutheran University community when they study at ELS/Thousand Oaks. ELS students meet with communication partners every Monday after classes at our Conversation Cafe to work on their speaking skills and make new friends!

  • Private university campus with great facilities such as new fitness center and Olympic-size pool
  • One of the safest cities in the USA
  • Close to Los Angeles, Santa Monica and beaches
  • Beautiful, scenic location and weather!
  • Conditional Admission to California Lutheran University (undergraduate & graduate) available
  • Offers MBA and undergraduate business degrees
  • Join ELS on Social Media!#ELSCenters #ELSThousandOaks

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 60
Bank 60
Downtown Area 25/10
Post Office 10
Restaurants 1510/20/10
Shopping Mall/Outlet 25/15
Sports Stadium 10
Supermarket 30/10/30/5
Pharmacy 15
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

Play a game with your roommates in the dorm living room Grace Hall, the on campus female dorm Study or hangout in the female dorm living room Private bedroom in the female dorm 90 Faculty Street, the on campus male dorm Talk with your roommates in the male dorm living room Free high speed wifi in the male dorm Cook in your own kitchen at the female dorm Cook your favorite food in the kitchen of the male dorm Socialize in the sunny backyard of the male dorm Talk with your friends in the male dorm living room Use your meal plan at the all-you-can-eat on campus buffet Eat with your mean plan at Ullman Commons Grab a drink and study at the on campus Starbucks Eat a variety of dishes with your meal plan at Centrum cafe

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

ELS/Thousand Oaks offers homestay families in a variety of locations in the area. Homestay students can rapidly improve their English and experience American culture. Students are able to walk, bike or take the bus to school.

Price per Session $1100
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 14
Airport Pickup $165
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week. Homestay families provide students with breakfast and dinner each day, and lunch is available at many locations on campus. If students have allergies or special needs, please let us know.

ELS Dorms
(Student Residence (On Campus))

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

NOTE: \*Male Housing Address: 90 Faculty Street, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 \*Female Housing Address: Grace Hall, Room 14308 at 3255 Luther Ave., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Male and Female On-Campus Housing: \*2 minute walk to ELS classrooms \*Free high speed Wi-Fi internet in bedroom and across the campus \*Air conditioning and heating year-round \*Kitchens have stoves, ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, rice cookers, pots, pans, plates, cups and basic kitchen utensils \*Onsite Resident Assistant available to assist students after ELS Center hours and upon check in and check out \*Free parking 24/7 \*24/7 onsite Campus Security \*Sheets, pillows, blankets and towels provided at no extra cost
Female On-Campus Housing is a private apartment exclusively for female ELS students located in a student housing complex shared with other California Lutheran University students.
Male On-Campus Housing is located in a private house with a back yard.

Price per Session $1975
Occupancy Double, Single
Minimum Age 16
Students as young as 16 can stay in the dorm with the special approval from the Center Director and signed parental permission slip.
Airport Pickup $165
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Visit ELS center for activities and classes on the campus Talk with friends or friendly ELS staff at the ELS Center The beautiful view a few steps from the ELS Center Study and share with your friends and classmate in ELS lobby Study at CLU with modern classroom technology ELS is located on the beautiful Cal Lutheran Campus Welcome to California Lutheran University Take a trip to our local hiking trails just 5 min from ELS Take classes on campus at education and technology center Use university library computers,books and writing center The university American football stadium and art gallery Practice your English and state of art computer programs Relax and study in Kingsmen park the center of campus events Take a walk on the beautiful campus of Cal Lutheran
  • Baseball field
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Music practice rooms
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking at Center
  • Free parking at Host Institution
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Center NOT handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms NOT 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

Carol Swett

Carol Swett

Center Director

Hello, I’m Carol and I look forward to working closely with you here in warm and wonderful California. I have worked and traveled all over the globe and love meeting new international students as it provides me with an opportunity to learn more about the world around us. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate degree in speech and language communication from California State University, Los Angeles. I just recently moved back to California from Illinois and am very happy to be returning to a place I love, and I am sure you will too!

Sarah DeMola

Sarah DeMola

Academic Director

Hi! I am Sarah, the Academic Director for ELS Thousand Oaks. I have a BA from Syracuse University in NY and a MA TESOL & Language Program Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. I love learning about and experiencing different cultures so that I can enrich my understanding of the world that we all share. I have lived in France, India, Taiwan, and have traveled to many more. As the Academic Director, I am passionate about supporting international students with their academic goals and understanding of American culture. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Jeanette Fraser

Jeanette Fraser

International Student Advisor

Hi! I'm Jeanette, the International Student Advisor here at ELS Thousand Oaks. I help students with immigration issues and organize activities. I grew up overseas and attended an international school so an environment with many different nationalities is one I'm most comfortable in! I also taught English in Spain for one year which was an amazing experience. I love travelling, eating good food, and hiking in the beautiful mountains of California. I look forward to helping you here at Thousand Oaks and I hope you will have a great experience here!

Christine Martinez

Christine Martinez


Hello there! My name is Chris and I am the Registrar for the Thousand Oaks center. I attended Ventura Community College for my A.A. in General Liberal Arts & Sciences, then attended University of California, Santa Barbara where I majored in Sociology. I love academia and the student energy here at the center. I am responsible for payments, refunds, health insurance and it is important to me to connect with students and be of help to them. I look forward to meeting you and being of assistance! Welcome to ELS and I hope you enjoy your stay and studies in the United States.


May 13, 2016


Hello friends my name is Ruslan. I am from Russia. I came to the United States in 2012. Initially, I could not speak English very well. I started at level 104 and was able to graduate in eight months. Shortly after graduation from ELS, I started my graduate degree in California Lutheran University in Business Administration. I also continued my relationship with ELS by helping them out with the new student orientation. I enjoy meeting new people from other countries and helping them out. During my study at CLU, I was able to obtain a highly competitive position as a graduate research assistant. I graduated from the MBA program in 2015 with honors and was accepted to Sigma Beta Delta honor Society. Now, I am finishing another graduate degree in Information Systems and Technologies. I want to thank ELS for their amazing teachers and staff, who helped me learn English quickly from the beginning. The skills that I learned at ELS allowed me to become very successful in my after school educational experience in the United States.



January 8, 2016


My name is Thais and I am from Brazil. ELS is the best school to learn English. Coming to another country to learn English was not easy for me, but with ELS everything is simple, comfortable and the classes are very good. I must say thanks for this opportunity.



May 6, 2014


Hi my name is Abdulwahab Alanazi. My teachers and friends like to call me Hoopy. When I came to the United States, I was not able to speak, write, or understand anything that belongs to the English language. I choose the best place to study and improve my English which is ELS Thousand Oaks. I started in level 102; I recently graduated from level 112. The school has a good staff, perfect teachers, and intelligent students. Also, the city is safe, people are friendly and on top of that, the campus is perfect for studying. If I had to make a choice between different English schools again, I would close my eyes and choose ELS Thousand Oaks.

-Abdulwahab ,Saudi Arabia


March 21, 2013


I have been at ELS for 7 months in Thousand Oaks. When I came here, I could not understand any thing.I could not speak English at all. I was very nervous, wondering if I would be able to understand the classes or not. However, if I could not understand the class, teachers explained me many times and they were very kind about it. After class , I usually go to bonus lab it helps me to improve my English even more. Now, after 7 months, I can understand what the teachers are saying. My English is getting better than before. I have improved my English at ELS. Thank you.



March 21, 2013


My name is Anggie Gonzales, I am from Peru. I decided to come to the United States and study in ELS at California Lutheran University to improve my English three months ago. This time was amazing because I could enhance my English and I met friendly people. CLU is a comfortable, beautiful and A safe place and you can enjoy studying and knowing more about American culture with people of this country. I'm thinking about transferring from my university in Peru to study here because with this opportunity I could experience and other things. I'm sure that I made an excellent decision to come here.



October 19, 2012


I was of the first students at ELS Thousand Oaks. I finished the ELS program in 2009 and recently graduated with my Masters Degree at California Lutheran University. The life at ELS Thousand Oaks was so good. The teachers were so nice, friendly and patient. ELS Thousand Oaks is a perfect place to practice English. I didn’t need to worry about grammar, speaking and writing mistakes. I made many friends from different countries. The experience was so incredible. Also, there are lots of activities to help you experience American life. I learned a lot of grammar in reading and writing classes, conversation in daily life, and presentation skills from ELS Thousand Oaks. When I studied in the Masters program, these English skills were so useful while writing papers, talking with American classmates, and giving presentations in class. I have a lot of enjoyable memories from experiences I had while I was at ELS Thousand Oaks.


October 5, 2012


My name is Ali Almujibah and I am from Saudi Arabia. When I came to the United States to study at ELS my English was so poor. I couldn’t speak any words. I started from level 101, which is the lowest level. After studying a lot and trying to speak with no Arabic people my English has approved. ELS is one of the best schools in the USA. I was so lucky to have had the chance to study in Thousand Oaks. ELS Thousand Oaks has a good director, teachers, and environment. Teachers in this ELS branch are always very friendly. They always try to make the answers simple so students understand quickly. ELS always helps students find university or college admission from different schools. It is good. There are hundreds of universities which accept students who finish level 109 or 112. They helped me get admitted to a university. I graduated level 112 last month.

Finally, I will never forget my great time at ELS and I really appreciate all of the staffs help and their nice personalities.

-Ali,Saudi Arabia


October 5, 2012

When I came here to ELS Language Center to study English I found a good teachers and staff that have helped me to improve my English . All of the classes make the students share and work together. It's all English all the time. I have meet American people in the activities (Conversation Café) who come to speak to us to get to know about our countries and culture.

There are a lot of trips to many places in different nearby cities which I have gotten to visit with my classmates such as: Los Angeles , Santa Monica, Hollywood and more.

I like ELS and my new friends.

-Salama,Gaza Strip


September 21, 2012


My name is Shuolin,Ran, I am from China. I am now studying English in ELS, Thousand Oaks. I love here, everyone here is friendly, I can practice speaking English with teachers and classmates. I also appreciate my home stay's mother and father, they treat me as their own daughter, which makes me feel easy and comfortable. Thousand Oaks is a very pretty place, I really enjoy the sunshine, the blue sky, the beautiful environment here.



May 25, 2012


My name is Ali, I'm from Saudi Arabia. When I came to ELS I was a blank page I had no English whatsoever. I thought that it would be so hard for me to learn the language. It has been challenging, but worth it! ELS is the perfect place for an international student who is looking for a place to start and it was the right place for me. I have had all the help that I needed here. ELS has a strong program, and they provide bonus lab and extra tutoring for EAP students after school. I can’t forget to mention conversation café and the American people that come every week to speak with us to help us improve our English. This is held every Monday afternoon. These extra programs are just to help the students who need it , they helped me! The teachers are very friendly and helpful. I have made a lot of friends and explored the nearby cities and the beautiful sights. The friends I have met at ELS, who are good friends of mine now, will be friends for life. I am very grateful to be here at ELS surrounded by a people who care about me and what I need. I will never forget this time of my life. I have no regrets for choosing ELS as my English School.

-Ali,Saudi Arabia


May 10, 2012


My name is Luccas, I am from Brazil. I loved studying at ELS Thousand Oaks (T.O.). First of all, California Lutheran University (CLU) is really safe. It has many facilities, such as the library, the gym, dorms, the cafeteria and ELS center. Second, the classes at ELS T.O. are not boring; the teachers there are always enthusiastic and ready to help you. Finally, my English skills have increased because of my time there. I enjoyed every moment I spent there. Thanks to everyone at ELS Thousand Oaks!


Joy (Dan Qiyao)

April 26, 2012


Hi, I am Joy. I am from China. Prior to coming to ELS I did not make any arrangements, including my accommodation and transportation plans. One day after arriving at ELS I had begun to figure things out, with the help of others at ELS. The teachers, staff, and my classmates helped me to solve all of my problems. I want to thank them for their patience and kindness! They have become lifelong friends.

-Joy (Dan Qiyao),China


April 5, 2012


I love ELS Thousand Oaks! This is because I have experienced lots of precious time here. After school, I usually go to the CLU library, gym, and dance class. We can enjoy American Unversity's life. While I am in class, I feel like I'm at home because my classmates are there. They talk to me, and I talk to them about our cultures, our futures, and weekend plans. This is the reason why I love it here. The first time I came here, I thought I couldn't understand anything at all, and my English is improving gradually thanks to great teachers and my friends. Don't hesitate to come here. You will love beautiful Thousand Oaks, too!

-Tsubasa ,Japan

Abdulrahman Albassam, Saudi Arabia

July 11, 2011

My name is Abdulrahman Albassam, I am from Saudi Arabia. I studied English at ELS on the campus of California Lutheran University (CLU) and then transferred to the undergraduate program to study Computer Information System. ELS was a pathway towards my education goal. The transition was very easy as I already knew a lot about the campus and community. The people at CLU are very friendly and the campus has a lot of diversity. I have really enjoyed my time here.

Yaoguang Luo, China

April 11, 2011

I like ELS Thousand Oaks. I have been studying here very hard since October. I really have learned more English and advanced skills since I arrived here.

Han Seung Woo, South Korea

April 11, 2011

Hi, I am Han Seung Woo from Korea. My friends call me H. I do love studying at ELS Thousand Oaks. Thousand Oaks is a beautiful place to live and travel. If you are studying at ELS Thousand Oaks you can use the many facilities on the California Lutheran University campus such as the gym, swimming pool, basketball court and library. Every Monday and Friday we play baseball and soccer with ELS and CLU students. Also every Monday we can go to Conversation Café. These opportunities allow us to talk with CLU students and Americans so that we can improve our English ability. I am really thankful to the ELS center for giving me those chances.

- Han Seung Woo, South Korea

Shoko Otake, Japan

April 11, 2011

The most important part of learning English is to speak it again and again. I didn’t have the chance to speak English in my country, but now that I am studying at ELS Thousand Oaks I have to speak in English every day. ELS Thousand Oaks is a good place to study the city is safe, beautiful and quiet. You can focus on your school life. I have met a lot of good friends.

- Shoko Otake, Japan

Yao-Tsu Chiu, Taiwan

April 11, 2011

When I was in Taiwan the agency suggested that I choose California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for my graduate studies. I did not know anything about Thousand Oaks or even where it was, so I was nervous. When I arrived and began my English studies at ELS I felt more comfortable. There are people from other countries and you get to speak English everyday with them, and it helps you to improve. Other than studying English, I like to play basketball with my friends at the California Lutheran University gym. I really like studying at ELS, T.O.

- Yao-Tsu Chiu, Taiwan

Katsuya, Japan

April 11, 2011

At first I chose ELS because it is near my families friends who are hosting me. Fortunately, ELS is a very good place to study English. The ELS teachers are very kind and give great lessons. There are students from a lot of different countries studying at ELS and so we have the opportunity to speak English with each other often.

- Katsuya, Japan

Amaal, Saudi Arabia

April 11, 2011

I decided to come to ELS Thousand Oaks because of the length of sessions. Each session is about a month long, and I can finish the entire program is less than one year. When you finish (graduate from level 112 EAP course) you have a lot of universities that will accept your certificate in lieu of a TOEFL or IELTS score.

- Amaal, Saudi Arabia

Ryogo, Japan

April 11, 2011

I think the program at ELS is really good for studying English. The program has good lessons and the teachers speak clearly and give easy to understand lessons. I must use English to communicate with my friends and classmates and it is good because the conversations help me to improve. It has been a good experience for me and my English knowledge has improved. I really like studying at ELS Thousand Oaks.

- Ryogo, Japan

Amanda, Brazil

April 11, 2011

I like studying at ELS Thousand Oaks because it is the best place to learn English. The city is safe and is near all of the exciting places in California. The ELS is on a big campus (California Lutheran University) where we can use the cafeteria, library and the gym which is amazing.

- Amanda, Brazil

Jiang, China

April 11, 2011

In China, I didn’t have the opportunity to speak English. But now I have to think about everything in English, because there is a rule at ELS Thousand Oaks ---“English Only!” It is very tough, but it is very helpful for every student. Although I just speak with some simple sentences and simple words, I still feel very happy because I know that I am progressing every day. ELS arranges a lot of activities every week such as conversation café which is conversations with native speakers, trips to public library, trips to museums, and watching movies. These activities create natural environments to access the native culture and language. The teachers at ELS love education, so they are always enthusiastic. I feel ELS is like a big family. We help each other and work hard for the same goal.

Fan Zhang, China

April 11, 2011

ELS Thousand Oaks is an excellent language school. It allows you to study with other classmates from other cultures. You can experience a new life speaking English all day. It promotes you to practice English more and more, and you make rapid progress. The faculty and staff at ELS Thousand Oaks are nice and they give you a hand when you encounter difficulties.

- Fan Zhang, China

Tatiana, Brazil

April 11, 2011

My name is Tatiana and I am from Brazil. I like studying at ELS Thousand Oaks because this place is perfect if you want to really learn English and meet people from around the world. You can use facilities on the University such as the gym and library. It’s good!!!

Alejandra, Colombia

April 11, 2011

I like to study at ELS because it is a friendly and warm atmosphere. The contents of the English program are clear and organized. Also I think that one of the best parts at ELS is the teachers. The teachers are polite, respectful, and most importantly reliable. The students can always ask for help and they will not give you the solution, they will teach you how you can find it. I love to study at ELS, and it has become my second home.

- Alejandra, Colombia

Ya Ming Hu , China

October 19, 2010

My name is Yaming Hu, I am from China. I like California and the MBA at California Lutheran University is short (1 year). ELS Thousand Oaks is a good place to start before the MBA program. The weather here is great and so are the people.

- Ya Ming Hu , China

Imad, Saudi Arabia

October 8, 2010

I had a great experience when I studied at ELS. Right now I am a senior student at California Lutheran University. I am thankful for all the people at ELS who helped me.

Agusto, Brazil

October 8, 2010

My name is Augusto I come from Brazil. I chose to come to the US to study because it’s the best place to learn English. I knew that it would be an amazing experience for me, and it has been. I know that learning English is important for me. I have been playing on the ELS soccer team with my classmates. We compete against other teams in the Thousand Oaks area, it is very fun. I like that my friends live near me and I can visit them often. If you want to meet new friends—come to Thousand Oaks.

- Agusto, Brazil

Ivan, China

August 17, 2010

I love ELS Thousand Oaks, it is the place where I improved my English skills.

- Ivan, China

Apichart - Joey

August 9, 2010

ELS Thousand Oaks is the safest place in California. Teachers are very good and very nice. At ELS Thousand Oaks I have had the chance to learn and experience the American culture. If I had only one word that would explain ELS Thousand Oaks I would say “AWESOME!” I love this place. If I would not have come to Thousand Oaks I would not have learned to speak as well as I can. Thank you ELS Thousand Oaks!

- Apichart, Thailand

Chien-Yu Chen

July 20, 2010

The reason I chose ELS Thousand Oaks is because the city is a very safe city, and the weather is really good. Also Thousand Oaks is near Los Angeles, and is convenient for my life. ELS has helped me to enter graduate school. The teachers and administrators are very patient. They helped me with English, and any other problems I face. I have enjoyed the SSP class a lot, because I learned new vocabulary and grammar. My second favorite class was Reading and Writing, it helped me improve my reading speed and I also learned new words. Out of the classroom I enjoy playing basketball in the CLU gym. The gym is pretty new and perfect for all students! I have met new friends by playing basketball each day, and it keeps me healthy!

Su, Han-Wei, Taiwan

July 13, 2010

While I was studying in ELS TO, I really learned a lot, not only English but also American culture. Before I came here, I though English was too difficult to learn. But actually it's not. English is a good stuff to learn forever, but we must find some places to start, that's ELS Thousand Oaks!!

- Su, Han-Wei

Hsiao-Chung, Taiwan

May 28, 2010

I'm grateful that I could met so many nice teachers in ELS. I've really learned a lot from them, no matter English or how to act appropriately in our daily lives. I had a great time in ELS. Thank you all very much.

- Hsiao-Chung

Sultan Alharthi, Saudi Arabia

May 26, 2010

I attended ELS in 2008 and this weekend I graduated from California Lutheran University. I'm really happy to have finished my master's degree, but the real joy I felt is sharing this milestone accomplished with my beloved family and dear friends I met while studying in the USA

- Sultan Alharthi

Yinjun Qian, China

May 26, 2010

If someone asks me how studying at ELS Thousand Oaks was, I think it is very hard to answer. The feeling is beyond words. I can’t use any words to explain it. “Thank you to everyone at ELS” is the only sentence I can tell ELS teachers now. ELS helped me not only studying English. They gave me lots opportunities to practice English.

- Yinjun Qian

Wan-Ting Chuang, Taiwan

May 19, 2010

My name is Rita and I come from Taiwan. Before I came to America, I asked my agent to help me to find a good and safe city for studying English. My agent told me that Thousand Oaks is a good and safe area. Not only the good weather to live, but also there are many kind people. After I came here, I thought that I choose the right place for school. The teachers are good and they help me with English. After I finish ELS I am going to enter CLU graduate school for a master degree. I know that choosing ELS Thousand Oaks was right.

- Wan-Ting Chuang

Chun Lung Li, Taiwan

May 19, 2010

Hi, my name is Bruce. I have studied English in Thousand Oaks since 2009. I am happy that I studied English with ELS. I attended many activities, met many friends from different countries and talked with many people in English. My English ability is better than before I came here. I have not only learned English but I also have learned how to respect other cultures while studying in Thousand Oaks. I appreciate all of teachers. They share their educational experiences with me and taught me how to be successful in the future.

- Chun Lung Li

Bandar, Saudi Arabia

May 13, 2010

My name is Bandar I am 25 years old and I am from Saudi Arabia. Before coming to the US I have searched for the perfect school and location. In my opinion ELS, Thousand Oaks is the perfect choice. During the period I have lived in Thousand Oaks, I learned about different cultures, made many friends and visited places that I see only in movies. I am very fortunate to have been a student at ELS Thousand Oaks.

Naif, Saudi Arabia

March 10, 2010

When I was studying at ELS Thousand Oaks, I lived at the dorm. It is a little bit more expensive then homestay, but it has some great advantages. You can be at the school in two minutes. You can have your meals at the cafeteria, you only have to show them your student ID and you can get whatever you want, its all you can eat. The dorms are located in the middle of campus, so you can enjoy all the services like the main library, gym, and cafes within just minutes. The best part is that you can meet a new people who are a native speakers, and live with people from other countries. The dorm is a great option for all students.

Yun Heo, South Korea

February 16, 2010

I think living in homestay is very good experience, because homestay means living in an America home and a chance to learn the America culture. For example, I leaned America table culture at dinner time. I have also been able to learn the America life. I live with a single retired woman she is very kind. She shares a lot of information with me; she introduced me to famous America stores, nice places to eat and local attractions. She encourages me to speak English all the time; this is the most important thing. She helps me with the correct pronunciation every time I make a mistake, and I get to practice listening at home because I am listening to a native speaker all of the time. I am very happy with my homestay mother.

Nguyen Hoang, Vietnam

December 22, 2009

I used to be a student at ELS Language Centers. It was an extremely fun period that I have had since I came to the US. I miss everybody, especially my teachers. I really want to see them again.

Talal Alsabti, Saudi Arabia

September 1, 2009

I consider myself lucky because I came to ELS in the United States. ELS give me a good opportunity to study English as Second Language. I’m studying English with the best teachers I have ever met, and besides studying I have made a lot of friends from America and other countries. The staff members are really nice and the director is the best.

Tai-Yu Wen, Taiwan

August 28, 2009

I am so glad to study English in ELS Language Center in Thousand Oaks. When I arrived here at the first time, I felt nervous and uneasy. After few days, I felt comfortable and relieved because all of teachers are always patient with the students. That's why I enjoy studying English in ELS. I am looking forward to ELS will be better than before.

- Tai-Yu Wen

Ping-Ying Sun, Taiwan

August 27, 2009

I came to Thousand Oaks because after finishing ELS, I want to study in CLU which my agent recommended. The weather in LA is as same as Taiwan, and I like that. Also the ELS members are friendly and kindly, like a family.

- Ping-Ying Sun

Tye Dye Day

October 31, 2016

Color is in the air! Students and staff had a fun time decorating their t-shirts with a bunch of different colors.

Tye Dye Day

October 31, 2016

Color is in the air! The students had a fun time individualizing each one of their t-shirts and they are looking forward to doing it again!

September 2016 Birthdays

October 31, 2016

ELS Thousand Oaks had a fantastic time celebrating their students and staff born in September.

S9A Graduation/Going Away Party for Crysta

October 21, 2016

We had a bittersweet day at ELS Thousand Oaks. We got to celebrate our students' accomplishments, but we had to say "see you later" to our former Housing Coordinator, Crysta Bliss. We will miss having her at the center, but we are also very excited to welcome our newest Housing Coordinator, Maritza Robles.

August 2016 Birthdays

October 21, 2016

ELS Thousand Oaks had a great time celebrating students and staff who have August Birthdays.

Kayaking at Ventura Harbor

August 3, 2016

Splashing in the ocean with our kayaks was a blast! Our students enjoyed cooling down with ice cream at the harbor, eating big plates of seafood and playing at the beach. Summertime brings fun outdoor activities to ELS Thousand Oaks!

Fourth of July Party at ELS

July 7, 2016

Students experienced American Independence day with hot dogs, watermelon, USA flags and games. Conversation Cafe volunteers, teachers and students joined together for a fun party with water balloons and corn hole on a warm summer day. Happy Fourth of July!

Graduation Session 6, 2016

June 30, 2016

Congratulations to our students who graduated this session! We celebrated with Chinese food, games and certificates. Teachers spoke highly of their students and students thanked their teachers, on this beautiful Friday.

International Yoga Day

June 21, 2016

Before final tests, students took a breath to do yoga with teacher Brenda. Stretching, breathing and relaxing is just what the students needed before a day of studying. Thank you Brenda for helping us celebrate International Yoga Day!

Sports Day at ELS

June 21, 2016

Students showed their skills on the basketball and tennis courts of ELS. Everyone enjoyed shooting hoops under the California sun! Those that didn't want to sweat, sat in the shade and watched.

International Environmental Day

June 10, 2016

To spread awareness about environmental protections, students painted their own paper planet earth. Students used their creativity to paint while learning facts about endangered animals, and eating animal crackers.

California Primary Election Class Trip

June 8, 2016

Students took a trip to the California polls during the primary election. The trip gave students a chance to see what it is like to vote in the USA.

Cooking Class with teachers Niranjena and Kristen

June 8, 2016

You hungry??? Students joined teachers to learn the basics of baking! Our students measured, stirred and scooped to make some delicious treats. The smell of muffins and cakes filled the air as students watched their baking dreams come true! Yum!

Ambush Paintball

May 24, 2016

Our most adventurous ELS students, suited up in paintball gear and entered the dirt field to compete against other paintballers at Ambush Paintball in Moorpark, California. It was fun, dirty and colorful. Don't mess with the ELS student paintball team!

Ambush Paintball

May 24, 2016

Time to paint the town red with paintballs! Students rented equipment and worked as a team to defeat opposing paintballers in Ambush Paintball in Moorpark. Students shot guns with paintbullets at each other in this activity for our most adventurous ELS students!

Twin Day!

May 19, 2016

ELS saw double this week! Students and staff dressed up the same for twin day. Dress up with your friends for the next twin day at ELS!

Six Flags Trip

May 17, 2016

Students rode fast and fun roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. Students had time to talk and make friends while riding wild rides.

Cinco De Mayo 2016

May 5, 2016

ELS students celebrated the famous Mexican-American holiday with chips, salsa, and a pinata! Students took their turns hitting the pinata, blindfolded! There were sweet treats inside for all to enjoy!

ELS Earth Day Garden!

April 26, 2016

In honor of Earth Day 2016, ELS students enjoyed started a garden at ELS by planting succulents and seeds. Each student placed their name next to the shrub that they planted and displayed their plant in front of the ELS Center. Students added beauty and life to the ELS Center this Earth Day.

April Picnic at Buth Park

April 20, 2016

Students played ball, twister and ate underneath the shady trees in the nearby Buth Park. The California weather is perfect for picnics and outdoor ELS activities. Come join us for our next picnic!

Magic Show with Johnny Ace Palmer

April 18, 2016

World Champion Magician Johnny Ace Palmer performed for our ELS students and California Lutheran University international students. Conversation Cafe staff hosted this fun and magical event with a bunny appearing in a hat and chicks appearing under cups.

ELS Talent Show

April 14, 2016

Singing and Dancing! ELS student show off their talent and enjoy popcorn.

Universal Studios -Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opening!

April 14, 2016

Students visited Universal Studios to check out the new Harry Potter Wizarding World. They enjoyed the new rides and the real-life look at movie sets in Hollywood, California!

Graduation Session 3, 2016

April 7, 2016

Graduation is a time of celebration, game, food and goodbyes! Congratulations to all of the students graduating!

Easter Celebration at the Center

March 24, 2016

Students celebrated Easter by dying eggs, hunting for eggs and eating Easter candy! The Easter bunny came to ELS this year!

St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Relay Race

March 17, 2016

Students had fun racing each other in a coin toss, drawing contest, dance and green drink game. Everyone enjoyed green food and drinks at the ELS Center during break time.

ELS Graduation Session 2, 2016

March 10, 2016

Games, food, speeches and fun! Graduation is a great time to give speeches, talk to teachers, take pictures and celebrate. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

ELS Scavenger Hunt at CLU

March 9, 2016

ELS students took pictures at various locations on the California Lutheran Campus. The fastest and most creative group of students won a prize!

Chinese New Year Part 2

March 8, 2016

Chinese New Year collaboration between California Lutheran University and ELS students. Tai Chi, music and food! Yum!

ELS/CLU Chinese New Year Celebration!

February 23, 2016

ELS Thousand Oaks together with our Host Institution, California Lutheran University presented the Chinese New Year Celebration. ELS students wrote names in Chinese, ran the Chopstick Challenge, performed Chinese songs, the drums, and even did the Dragon Dance!

Valentine's Day at ELS Thousand Oaks

February 16, 2016

Students write Valentines for their teachers, classmates, host families while enjoying Vday cookies and candies!

Fun with Hashtags & First Graduation of 2016!

February 10, 2016

Students pose in the #ELSThousandOaks photo booth with fun props! Congratulations to our first graduates of 2016!

Chinese New Year at THO!

February 10, 2016

Students celebrate Chinese New Year at ELS Thousand Oaks with treats and red envelopes :)


2017 ELS/Thousand Oaks Application

2017 ELS/Thousand Oaks Application

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ELS at California Lutheran University

ELS at California Lutheran University

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Thousand Oaks ELS Language Center at California Lutheran University. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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Top 10 Reasons to Study at ELS/Thousand Oaks

Top 10 Reasons to Study at ELS/Thousand Oaks

Provides a list of the top 10 reasons for studying at our ELS/Thousand Oaks Center.

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