The ELS Center Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL - ELS 
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DeKalb, Illinois, United States

DeKalb | Northern Illinois University

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About This Center


ELS DeKalb is located 100 kilometers west of Chicago on the main campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. DeKalb is a family-friendly and safe city with a low cost of living, complete with seasonal outdoor activities and the charm of a small city. The excitement, culture, and opportunities of Chicago are easily accessible.

385 Wirtz Drive, DeKalb, Illinois, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • Northern Illinois University Anthropology Museum: Learn about the cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans.
  • Midwest Museum of Natural History: This museum, featuring over 100 animal displays from North America and Africa, is located in nearby Sycamore.
  • Day Trips/Weekends Away: The energy of Chicago is only about an hour’s drive away.

DeKalb | Northern Illinois University

(815) 753-4600

  • Partner University
    • Northern Illinois University
  • Housing Options
    • Homestay
    • Student Residence (On Campus)
  • Center Facilities
  • A dynamic university community featuring a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, with over 300 student clubs and organizations active on campus and numerous museums, cafes, and recreation centers all situated within green spaces and connected by the NIU Huskie bus system, which also serves the city of DeKalb and can take students to local supermarkets and shops.
  • City Environment
  • Suburban
  • This institution is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Students with suggestions or complaints may contact:

    Illinois Board of Higher Education
    1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
    Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
    (217) 782-2551

Housing Options


The people of the American Midwest are famous for their warmth, openness, and hospitality, and at the homes of the host families of ELS DeKalb students find out why. Many of our host families work at or have connections to Northern Illinois University and the international student community. DeKalb and close neighbor Sycamore offer many beautiful residential neighborhoods with well-maintained houses and well-groomed lawns. In the spring and summer, families enjoy cookouts, sports, and outdoor games. In the fall, it's fun to walk among the trees with their leaves changing color, and in the winter there are snowmen to build and snowball fights to win or lose and cozy hearths near which to warm up.

  • Cost per Session
  • $980
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week

Student Residence (On Campus)

  • ELS students staying in Neptune Hall enjoy the following amenities at no additional charge:
  • Laundry facilities
  • Student Art Gallery
  • Music practice rooms
  • Dance studio
  • Art/drafting room
  • Wi-Fi with high-speed internet access in every room
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • Study rooms
  • Community Safety Center
  • Full service cafeteria
  • After-hours snack bar

  • Cost per Session
  • $832
  • Occupancy
  • Double
  • Meal Credits
  • No meals included. Students will have $50 added to their NIU student accounts (OneCard) each session.

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