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About Us

Since 1961, ELS has helped more than 1.2 million students from over 143 countries around the world learn English quickly and effectively.


Experience ELS

For more than 60 years, students have chosen ELS to achieve their English language goals. With 12 class levels, state-of-the-art language technology centers, multiple testing services and university admission assistance, ELS ensures success through our personalized approach and commitment to student achievement.

Our quality of instruction is evident through our dedicated, professional teachers. Many of the most experienced teachers at ELS are members of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), hold Master's degrees or TEFL Certificates, and have taught at ELS for 15+ years.

Why do our students choose ELS?

1. Academic Excellence:

Learning English through ELS is the most effective way to improve your language skills, and prepare you for academic and career success. Over 600 universities worldwide accept the ELS Certificate as proof of English proficiency.

2. True American Experience:

From day one you’ll be immersed in an intensive English language experience that is culturally rich and academically rigorous.

Choose to live in a homestay with local families, stay in University housing or in an apartment with fellow students and gain confidence and build skills to last a lifetime.

Every program includes the American Experience class which features a blend of local culture, academic counseling, guest speakers and off-campus visits.

3. More locations

ELS has the largest network of university campus-based English language centers in the world.

You can choose from 12 locations that include big cities, small towns, rural locations and rich cultures. Many of our centers give you access to student facilities and an authentic on-campus experience.

Where do you want to learn?

4. Supportive and safe

ELS offers homestay options with English speaking host families, so you will always feel safe and comfortable. We can also help you find student residence or other housing.

Academic staff are on hand to provide academic advice and assistance in applying to university. 

Our teaching staff are the best at what they do. Many of our most experienced teachers are members of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), hold Master’s degrees or TEFL Certificates, and have taught at ELS for 15+ years.

ELS has Language Centers located on the campuses of Colleges and Universities across the United States. Study English with ELS and you'll enjoy a unique American student experience with the opportunity to meet and connect with local college and university students while you take advantage of shared campus facilities, like student lounges, cafeterias, computer labs, and more!