Students get a real glimpse of Southern charm and hospitality when they take English classes in Houston. America’s fourth-largest city, Houston is a cosmopolitan melting pot known for its cultural diversity. It’s filled with world-class dining – including many award-winning restaurants – plus art, shopping, and a museum district.
ELS/Houston is located close to the beautiful University of St. Thomas – Houston campus. It borders the museum district. Students can enjoy weekend visits to the NASA Space Center, sun-drenched Gulf of Mexico beaches, and more.
Minimum Age: 16
ELS Houston is situated close to the University of St. Thomas - Houston. While not located on the campus, ELS students do enjoy access to campus facilities, including athletic, library, and dining facilities. ELS students obtain student ID cards for the university, allowing them to easily access the facilities.
Upon successful completion of ELS Level 112, you will fulfill the English language entry requirement for conditional admission to the University of St. Thomas, as well as additional nearby partner colleges and universities.
This location is an IELTS testing center and offers computer-based testing. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in over 140 countries. Thousands of universities accept the IELTS as proof of English proficiency as an admissions requirement.
Students are placed in single occupancy rooms and might share a bathroom. Travel time to and from homestays varies, but it usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes via Houston’s metro bus system. Homestay students are responsible for their own transportation.
Cost per Week: $350 (for arrivals in 2023) | $370 (for arrivals in 2024)
Meal Credits: 14 meals per week
Minimum Age: 18
Houston Student Residence is in the safe neighborhood of West University/Rice Village/Texas Medical Center, which is a short 15 – 20 minute commute to ELS Houston. Students enjoy an apartment community surrounded by historic oak trees, peaceful gardens, lavishly landscaped courtyards, manicured yards, and resort-style amenities. Dining and entertainment are just minutes away, including The Galleria, which is the fourth largest shopping mall in the U.S.
Cost per Week: $290
Meal Credits: Meals not included
Minimum Age: 18
NASA Johnson Space Center: Learn about NASA’s manned space flight program through exhibits, presentations, and hands-on activities.
Moody Gardens: Visit one of the largest aquariums in the world, observe tropical animals and plants, and learn from science-focused exhibits.
Galveston Beaches: Enjoy the beautiful, scenic shoreline of Galveston Island.