ELS Language Centers at Saint Joseph's University: Philadelphia (PA)

5414 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

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ELS Language Centers at Saint Joseph's University: Philadelphia (PA) offers the following course types:

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NZ$ 1,308

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NZ$ 1,342

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NZ$ 1,627

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NZ$ 2,876

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NZ$ 3,169

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NZ$ 3,840

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NZ$ 4,511

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NZ$ 6,037

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NZ$ 9,986


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"It is the right place for me to learn and improve my English!"

Wen Hui Deng, student from USA

In my personal experience, I loved the teachers who have been teaching in ELS for many years. They were professional, nice and helpful. ELS SJU Centre is also a good location to stay in. There are many sources sharing with SJU. I believe I made a right choice in studying here.

However, aside from the good things, I don't think it is good for students to have to substitute their normal classes frequently. It really doesn’t help students and it is a waste of time.


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Duration of study
11 weeks
Date of study
21 Sep 2015 - 11 Dec 2015
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ELS offers the following housing types:

Homestay - Single-person room - Breakfast and dinner

NZ$ 755
Age range: 17 years old and older
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner (14 meals per week)
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 755
Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students walk or take the university shuttle to campus. For a flyer with photos please see the pdf file posted to the left.

Merion Gardens - Student residence - 2-person shared room - No meals

NZ$ 1,006
Address: Merion Gardens 701 City Avenue Merion Station,, Philadelphia, PA 19066, USA
Location: Merion Gardens
Housing type: Student residence (on-campus)
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Laundry, tV room, and air conditioning
Availability: Jan - Dec
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
NZ$ 1,006
St. Joseph’s Merion Gardens, an on-campus apartment complex conveniently located on City Avenue. Merion Gardens is an ideal location, surrounded by restaurants, shops, and within walking distance of Overbrook Train Station and our ELS/Philadelphia Center is within easy walking distance (10-20 min).

Merion Gardens is part of St. Joseph’s Residence Hall options, so students living in Merion are on-campus. ELS will assist in moving all students currently in Rashford Hall on Saturday, May 27th.

Merion Gardens is a great alternative to traditional dorm setting. Each room is double occupancy with a shared bathroom, living room, and fully equipped kitchen. Other great amenities included in the student’s stay:

Cable TV
Shuttle Service
Air Conditioning
Fitness Center
Free Wi-Fi throughout the building including apartments and bedrooms
Moveable furniture
24-hour security desk in front lobby
Parking Pass for Merion Gardens parking lot (no cost)

Transportation to ELS Classrooms:

Walking: 20 minutes
Free shuttle service (Door to door service: Merion Gardens-ELS), 10-minute shuttle ride.

Double occupancy rooms and students share an in-suite private bathroom. Two (2) students per room.

Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

If you are studying full time in the United States for more than 18 hours per week, you will receive an I-20 that you need to submit to the US embassy along with your F-1 student visa application. The I-20 has a SEVIS tracking number on it. Students who wish to apply for a student visa must pay the SEVIS fee online before going to the US embassy or consulate for their visa interview.

Your I-20 will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged $110 when you register.

Please note that United States law states that an I-20 can only be issued to students who intend to pursue full-time English language studies. United States law does not permit students to study part-time with an F-1 Student Visa. If you are studying for less than 18 hours per week, you have to apply for a Visitor Visa (B1/B2) on your own.

Learn more about how to get a US student visa »

Flights and airport transfer

The closest airport to the school is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

The school offers airport pickup services. If you wish to be picked up, just give us your flight details and arrival date. The price of a one-way airport transfer from Philadelphia International Airport is $140. You must book your airport transfer in advance when you register.

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Philadelphia based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

Learn more about our insurance plan »



5414 Overbrook Avenue
PA 19131

School location

ELS Philadelphia is located close to downtown Philadelphia on the stunning, suburban campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the country, and attracts nearly 40 million visitors per year. Using the city’s extensive public transportation system, you can enjoy Philadelphia’s culture, iconic sights, professional sports, dining, shopping, and entertainment.


Questions and answers

Have questions? Get answers from ELS Language Centers at Saint Joseph's University: Philadelphia (PA) staff, Language International student advisors, and past students.

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"Can you accept a 15 year old student, even though the minimum age is 16?"

Oliver Rizzo, ELS Language Centers school representative (Student Services Coordinator Housing & Airport Pickup A Centers)

Unfortunately we cannot accept a 15 year-old student on this course.

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"Although the minimum level required for the course is 'intermediate' would you be willing to accept a student with an 'elementary' level?"

Yes we can accept an 'elementary' student for this course.

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"What is the process for a student transferring their I-20 from another academic instititution to KIC?"

Liza Test Lead B, student from

In order for a student to transfer her I-20 from another academic institution to KIC, the student must do the following by Thursday prior to the course start date:

STEP 1. Student applies to KIC:

Student must submit the following items as soon as possible:

q 1. Kaplan Application for International Students
q 2. Address in the Home Country
q 3. Local U.S. Address
q 4. Proof of Financial Eligibility
q 5. Letter of Support (if applicable)
q 6. Copy of the Student Current F-1 Visa
q 7. Copy of the Student Current I-20
q 8. Copy of the Student Current Passport
q 9. Copy of the Student Current I-94 Back and Front
q 10. Copy of the Student EAD card (if on OPT/CPT)
q 11. Kaplan Transfer Verification Form
q 12. Payment in Full

STEP 2. Student communicates with both schools:

Please be advised that it is your client's responsibility to notify her current school that she is transferring out to another school. If the SEVIS is not released to us, we cannot issue the new I-20. Also, please advise your client to complete the attached form and return it to us as soon as possible.

STEP 3. Student obtains a transfer I-20:

After release of the student's SEVIS record to KIC, our DSO can issue a transfer I-20 through SEVIS. Please note, KIC does not guarantee issuance of an I-20 for all students. Students should speak to the DSO to confirm eligibility requirements.

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"Are you registered with FAFSA?"

Mary Yanez, student from USA
Liliana Ruiz, Boston School of Modern Languages school representative

No we are not registered with FAFSA

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