ELS/Philadelphia is located close to downtown Philadelphia on the beautiful, safe campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Philadelphia is a modern yet historic city, offering a lively experience in American culture and a wide range of restaurants, world-class museums and recreational activities.
The nationality and age mix at ELS Language Centers at Saint Joseph's University: Philadelphia (PA) varies over different time periods, courses and levels.
ELS teaches students from all over the world, including:
ELS does not hold classes on the holiday dates below. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
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.
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying English in Philadelphia. These homes are often between 25 - 50 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
Student residences are more suitable for an independent student, who is looking for clean, basic accommodation at an economic price. All students must be 18+. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Student residences often do not include any meal plan. Learn more about apartment housing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Unfortunately we cannot accept a 15 year-old student on this course.
Yes we can accept an 'elementary' student for this course.
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.
No we are not registered with FAFSA