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What is financial certification?

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:

  • A current personal bank statement or an original letter from your bank, in English.
  • Both a letter/affidavit of support from your parents or other source of support stating they will be responsible for your expenses during your stay at ELS Language Centers, and a bank statement (or bank letter) verifying their financial ability to meet your expenses.
  • A letter guaranteeing financial support from your employer, in English.
  • An original scholarship letter from your government or other organization, in English.

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.

What Documents are required to apply?

In order to apply to any ELS Language Centers' program, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Tuition prepayment
  • Financial certification documentation, in English
  • Copy of your current passport, showing your name and date of birth
  • Housing deposit (if ELS housing is required)
  • Airport pick-up fee (if requested)
  • Express mail fee (if requested)


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 
Central Admissions
7 Roszel Road
Princeton, New Jersey
08540 USA

What is the deadline for applying?
There is no set deadline for applying to study. The earlier you send in your completed application, the sooner ELS Language Centers Admissions Office can process your materials. This will give you more time to receive your welcome package which contains your Form I-20 (required for obtaining your student visa) and information about your arrival at ELS.
How can I reserve housing?

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.

How do I make payments?

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.

When do sessions start?
All ELS Centers have 13 convenient start dates per year for most programs. See the application for specific start dates and applicable Centers.
What are your tuition costs and fees?
Tuition costs are different for every ELS program. To view our tuition prices and other fees related to your studies, see the application.
How do I get a student visa?

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.

How do I get an I-20?
When applying to most ELS Language Centers programs, you can indicate on your application that you need an I-20. You must also supply documentation with your application showing proof of financial responsibility. You must have enough available money to pay for one session's tuition, living expenses and miscellaneous expenses.

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ELS Language Centers, Canada
Vancouver Center – 549 Howe Street, Sixth Floor, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2C2
Toronto Center - 36 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, M5C 1H3
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Admission and Academic Policies for ELS Language Centers in Canada:


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.

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How to enrol to study with ELS in India

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

  • Submit ELS India application
  • Receive an official invoice from ELS
  • Send payment for your first session
  • Receive Welcome Packet with visa documents
  • Get visa from local Indian embassy
  • Send a scan of your passport, visa and travel itinerary to ELS
  • Arrive at ELS/Chennai one to two days before classes begin


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:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Prerequisite Degrees – For example, postgraduate programs may require you to have an undergraduate degree in the same discipline you are seeking at the graduate level.
  • English Proficiency Level – Most institutions require advanced English proficiency. By successfully completing Level 112 of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program, you will meet the English requirement of more than 650 colleges and universities worldwide.

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.

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