Your application must be accompanied by certification that while you are attending ELS Language Centers, sufficient funds are available to meet your combined living and tuition expenses. If you will be accompanied by family members, their living expenses must be covered as part of their student-dependent (F-2) visas. Any one of the following is an acceptable form of certification:
Since you will need to present financial documentation to the US Consular Officer when applying for a student visa, we suggest that you make sufficient copies of all financial documentation for both ELS Language Centers and for visa application purposes.
In order to apply to any ELS Language Centers' program, you will need to submit the following documents:
When ELS Language Centers receives your completed application documents and deposits, your application will be processed within two business days. An acceptance packet, including your I-20, will be sent to you as part of this process. It normally takes about two to three weeks for your admissions packet to arrive. If you need to receive your package sooner, you can request Express Courier Service on the application form.
You can submit your application form through our online-application at Apply Online. You can also send your application form to us at the following address:
ELS Language Centers
7 Roszel Road
Princeton, New Jersey
If you require housing, you should send your completed application to ELS at least 6 weeks before your arrival.
Housing in the student residences fills quickly. Reservations are processed for applicants who submit their requests along with their deposit in the order in which they are received.
If you are considering homestay accommodations, please apply as soon as possible so that we may place you with a family compatible with your requirements. (These requirements are taken from the housing section of your ELS application form.)
You will receive the details of your host family within 21 days of your scheduled program start date.
Your application processing fee as well as any deposits must be paid in $US dollars. You may pay fees and deposits by using the Credit Card Authorization Form in the ELS application form. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, ELS can also accept checks drawn on a US bank, postal money orders, or Cashier's checks. All of these must be made payable to ELS Language Centers.
Tuition may be paid using all of the above methods or by wire transfer of the funds.
According to US immigration laws, you must enter the United States on a nonimmigrant, student (F-1) visa if you wish to study in our intensive and semi-intensive English programs. ELS Language Centers is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
To obtain an F-1 student visa you will need to present to the US Embassy or US Consulate certain documents to demonstrate your intent to study in the United States and, after completion of your studies, return to your home country. The documents you need include an I-20 obtained from ELS, proof of financial certification, a valid passport, and evidence of ties to your country. In addition, a personal interview with a visa officer will be required. We recommend that you make an appointment for your interview at least 60-120 days before the date you intend to begin your studies. More information on how to apply for a student visa, including the required visa application, is available on US Embassy and US Consulate websites, a listing of which may be found at http://www.usembassy.gov/.
Prospective and current F-1 visa students should visit Study in the States https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students to learn about the process and rules for studying in the United States as an international student.
ELS Language Centers, Canada
Vancouver Center – 549 Howe Street, Sixth Floor, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2C2
Toronto Center - 36 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, M5C 1H3
ELS Language Centers is committed to a safe, educational and nurturing environment for all students, employees and visitors. In doing so, ELS fully supports and complies with all applicable laws and ordinances, as well as host institution regulations and policies. The following Admission and Academic policies have been created to ensure this goal can be achieved at ELS Language Centers in Canada, in accordance with Canadian Education regulators.
Download the full ELS Language Centers Canada Admission and Academic Policies.
English for Academic Admissions Process
Processing your application quickly is our priority. Visa documents are processed within two days of receipt of your payment. We recommend that you allow three to four weeks to receive your student visa, as processing times may vary at each local embassy.
Follow these steps to apply for ELS English for Academic Purposes in India
Gaining Conditional Admission to Indian Colleges and Universities
If college or university study in India is your goal but you lack proof of English proficiency, ELS can help secure your conditional admission before you ever leave your home country, setting you on your path to personal and professional success!
Colleges and Universities in India have varying levels of selectivity. All institutions consider the following factors:
To learn more about Conditional Admission in India, as well as Indian college and university accreditations and rankings, please click here.
Student Visa Information
In order to pursue your education in India, you must apply for and receive a valid student visa from your local Indian Mission or Post.
To begin, you should apply for your visa online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/. Once you have submitted your application successfully, you will be scheduled for a visa interview at your local Indian Mission or Post. You will be asked to bring supporting documents with you to your visa interview.
We recommend that you budget at least three to four weeks for getting your student visa. The exact process and timeline may vary depending on your local embassy.