Resting on the tranquil waterfront campus of Eckerd College on Florida’s tropical west coast, the ELS English Language Center in St. Petersburg teaches students while they’re surrounded by a student body committed to community service and inclusiveness. Nicknamed “the Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg is known for its mild climate, white sand beaches, and spectacular sunsets. The city is home to museums, nightlife, and water sports, and is easily accessible to Florida’s major theme parks.
Special Feature: University Certificate Program.
While enrolled in the ELS English for Academic Purposes program (Level 107 and up), students can take selected courses at Eckerd College through the University Certificate Program. This unique and valuable opportunity is available as part of an academic year abroad.
Minimum Age: 16
Eckerd College is a private institution offering some 40 undergraduate majors. The college takes advantage of its waterfront campus, offering well-known biology, marine science and environmental studies programs. ELS students enjoy free access to campus facilities, including the library, fitness center and computer lab. The campus offers sports facilities including lighted tennis courts, covered outdoor and indoor basketball courts, beaches for sunbathing and volleyball, lighted soccer fields and a waterfront boathouse facility for kayaking and paddle boarding.
Upon successful completion of ELS Level 112, you will fulfill the English language entry requirement for conditional admission to Eckerd College, as well as additional nearby partner colleges and universities.
Eckerd College Campus Residences are open to ELS students between the ages of 18 to 25, enrolled in EAP or GEN 3, and staying for two or more consecutive sessions. Shared rooms are in a lodge-style student residence. Each room has a private bath, two beds, desks, closet, cable TV, and internet access. Linens are provided. Rooms are cleaned weekly. Married couple rooms may be available if both parties meet the requirements. Self-service laundry machines are available for a small fee. Each room has its own key, and the entrance has a secure checkpoint.
Cost per Week: $490
Meal Credits: 19 meals per week (full board on weekdays and half board on weekends)
Minimum Age: 18**
*Minimum 8-week booking. Bookings are only available on session start dates.
**The age range for the St. Petersburg dorm is 18-25 years old.
St. Petersburg has outstanding host families that have been hosting ELS students for many years. Most of the host families are within walking or biking distance of the center. Host families are very involved with ESL students and are there to support them during their studies at ELS St. Petersburg.
Cost per Week: $365 (for arrivals in 2023) | $385 (for arrivals in 2024)
Meal Credits: 14 meals per week
Minimum Age: 16
Beaches: Florida’s white sand beaches are only five minutes from the center.
Downtown: On the first Friday of each month, downtown fills with street musicians, vendors, and outdoor activities.
Entertainment: Florida’s world-famous theme parks and water parks are within a 90-minute drive.