About ELS

March 7th, 2011

About ELS

Over the past 50 years, ELS has helped more than 1,100,000 students from 175 countries around the world learn English and with over 60 locations throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia (over 50 located on university campuses), ELS provides students with a wide variety of options ranging from intensive English programs and university placement assistance to executive business programs and vacation learning options.

Building on many years of experience, ELS has developed our own unique curriculum, textbooks and branded language-learning software to help students master English. With proven teaching methods, highly qualified teachers, and our own carefully designed curriculum—offering 12 levels of instruction—ELS ensures academic success. Per the ELS Mission Statement:

The mission of ELS is to provide English language and educational exchange programs that exceed the academic, professional and social expectations of our clients throughout the world.

With headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, ELS is the largest recruiter of international students for US and Canadian colleges, universities and postgraduate programs. Over 650 universities across the USA, Canada, and Australia recognize completion of ELS Level 112 as proof of the English language proficiency necessary for admission. ELS graduates go on to become successful educators, business people and government leaders in their home countries.  But the greatest testament to ELS’s success is our alumni who each year entrust the education of their sons and daughters to ELS.

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ELS Language Centers is accredited by the governing authority in each country it operates.

In the USA:

ELS Language Centers in the USA is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) – a national accrediting agency listed by the US Secretary of Education. ELS schools are approved to offer the following programs: Intensive Programs, Semi-Intensive Program, Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT, the American Explorer Program, Business English Programs, CELTA and Special Programs. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

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ELS Educational Services, Inc. has been certified by AIRC (the American International Recruitment Council), an organization to ensuring that International Student Recruitment agencies are providing a level of professional service, specialized knowledge and integrity that is keeping with what is expected by U.S. accredited colleges, universities and related postsecondary institutions. ELS is a founding institutional members of AIRC and one of the first organizations to be certified. Comments about ELS for the American International Recruitment Council: Click here

American International Recruitment Council

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In Canada:

Canadian locations and programs accredited by Languages Canada

Languages Canada

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In Australia:

ELS/Universal English College in Sydney, Australia
Universal Education Centre Pty. Ltd. CRICOS Code: 00053J

NEAS Australia

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Professional Memberships

ELS Language Centers and its staff are members of:

American Association of Intensive English Programs

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Association of International Education Administrators

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Association of International Educators

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English Australia

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American International Recruitment Council

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Association of Language Travel Organisations

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Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

The Bureau’s purpose, which is within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, is to regulate private postsecondary educational institutions that provide educational services in California.

Any questions a student may have regarding their enrollment that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, CA 95833; P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Website: www.bppe.ca.gov
Telephone: (888) 370-7589
Fax: (916) 263-1897

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s website www.bppe.ca.gov

Performance Fact Sheet

Annual Report

Core Brochure

Core Application with Prices and Dates

Student Academic Manual

California Refund Policy

ELS California Catalog

ELS Language Centers is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Any complaints against ELS Language Centers in Illinois (Chicago, Romeoville, DeKalb) may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education at the following address:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Attn: Student Complaint Division
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 33
Springfield, IL 62701

ELS Brochure

ELS Application

ELS Student Academic Manual

ELS Student Code of Conduct

ELS Student Success Report for Illinois