ELS/Grand Rapids is located next to the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, is 20 minutes away. Allendale is located within 30 minutes of the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan and a little more than two hours from Chicago. West Michigan, with its beaches, blueberry patches and four seasons is safe, and the people are welcoming and friendly. The Grand Rapids area is big enough to provide many ways to practice English, and includes many events throughout the year. Art Prize, the Festival of the Arts, Griffins Ice Hockey, Whitecaps baseball and many musical concerts are on offer for entertainment. International students are sure to enjoy life while studying at ELS/Grand Rapids.