Preparing for your departure is both exciting and overwhelming; we’re here to help if you have any questions. Here are some of the things to check off your list before you arrive:

Make sure you have all the right documentation

Your visa, passport, and other important documents must be in a safe and accessible location. Keep them together in a folder and be sure to make extra copies just in case.

Take your online placement test

Six weeks before your scheduled start date, a unique test link will be sent to the student email on your application. The link will expire 14 days after it is received. The online test consists of speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar and takes up to 75 minutes to complete. To take the test, you will need a computer with both a camera and a microphone. All students who apply to ELS must take the online pre-arrival test before coming to the ELS center. This test will help us place you in the right class.

Make your travel arrangements

Make sure you book your travel in time to attend the first day of classes. If possible, allow yourself a few days to settle into your new environment.

Finalize your accommodation

There are many housing and accommodation options available for international students. It’s important to organize your housing before you arrive so that you are prepared and have somewhere safe to stay. Should you need assistance in booking housing, please contact your ELS representative.

Attend your orientation session on your first day of classes

Our orientation program for international students is an opportunity for you to learn about campus life, meet other students, and take in important information on making the most of your experience at ELS. The orientation can help you feel more prepared for your studies and help you adjust to life in the United States.

Airport pick-up service

All ELS centers offer an airport pick-up service upon arrival to the United States. If you would like to arrange this, please contact your ELS representative.