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English school in Chicago: ELS

From 1125.- USD
approx 891.- GBP
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Key points

  • Good school located on a university campus
  • Accommodation near or on-campus
  • Short distance to Chicago’s city centre
  • Leading cultural and sports offer

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
M
Accommodation
Host family, Residence
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
27 years
Nationality mix
Saudi Arabia, Colombia, China, etc..
ratings
1 authentic opinion

In spacious classrooms, the friendly teachers at our partner school will introduce you to the English language and American culture. On the campus, you'll find various concerts, films and plays on the agenda, and you'll also be able to use the library and barbecue area! Famous for its academic excellence, the university also provides students with impressive sports facilities: play football, baseball, basketball, tennis and squash or enjoy the fitness centre! In this international and stimulating atmosphere, you'll make fast progress in English on a real American campus!

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • Optional language workshops
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

Lowest prices guaranteed

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 2 - 12 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1125.-
(about GBP 891.-)
Lessons
15 of 50 minutes
Course duration
2 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-11:20

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals (private bathroom)
2
1125
1861
1945
3
1444
2425
2458
4
1630
2850
2902
6
2405
4361
4497
8
3080
5520
5624
12
4328
7988
8144
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.83   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
14.01 / 11.02 / 11.03 / 08.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 23.09 / 21.10 / 18.11 / 16.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Semi-intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 2 - 48 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1188.-
(about GBP 941.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
2 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:20

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals (private bathroom)
2
1188
1924
2008
3
1519
2500
2533
4
1728
2948
3000
6
2552
4508
4644
8
3276
5716
5820
12
4608
8268
8424
16
6084
10964
11172
24
8604
15924
16236
48
16164
30804
31428
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.83   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
14.01 / 11.02 / 11.03 / 08.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 23.09 / 21.10 / 18.11 / 16.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 2 - 48 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1449.-
(about GBP 1148.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
Course duration
2 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
(afternoon: 20)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:20 (Mon - Fri) + 13.30 - 15:45 (Mon - Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals (private bathroom)
2
1449
2185
2269
3
1849
2830
2863
4
2168
3388
3440
6
4212
6168
6304
8
4156
6596
6700
12
5856
9516
9672
16
7748
12628
12836
24
10980
18300
18612
48
20628
35268
35892
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.83   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
14.01 / 11.02 / 11.03 / 08.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 23.09 / 21.10 / 18.11 / 16.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Business English course

Intermediate to Proficiency, 2 - 24 week(s)
2 week(s) - From USD 1366.-
(about GBP 1082.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 10 business)
Course duration
2 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Proficiency
Students/class
max. 15
(afternoon: 20)
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-12:20 (Mon - Fri) + 13.30 - 15:45 (Mon - Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals (private bathroom)
2
1366
2102
2186
3
1777
2758
2791
4
2004
3224
3276
6
2966
4922
5058
8
3828
6268
6372
12
5388
9048
9204
16
7124
12004
12212
24
10092
17412
17724
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.83   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
14.01 / 11.02 / 11.03 / 08.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 23.09 / 21.10 / 18.11 / 16.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (per lesson)
Availability on request
48 USD
Residence deposit (to be paid on site) (Residence) 300 USD
Airport transfer (O’Hare) 155 USD

Other accommodation options

Course info

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These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

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34 years old - Switzerland
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2 weeks, October – November 2017
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Host family
In the evenings, join your American host family to continue your immersion in the language! The daily contact with the locals is an undeniable benefit, and Americans are always pleased to teach their hosts about their lifestyle and customs. You'll get 14 meals per week, stay in a single room and share the other areas of the home with the family. You can take the bus or ride a bike to travel between the accommodation and the campus (average travel time: 15 minutes).

North Blvd Apartments
In the lovely neighbourhood of Oak Park, a 30-minute walk from the school, these high-standard apartments feature everything you need for a language stay: a single ensuite bedroom, fully equipped kitchenette, bed linen and towels, free Wi-Fi, a wardrobe, desk and chair. Laundry facilities for pay are available, and a cleaning service can be arranged on request (at an extra cost). You’ll be close to lots of shops, restaurants, movie theatres and public transport. For your safety, school staff members are available onsite 24h.

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North Blvd Apartments

General information

The North Blvd apartments offer students independence, privacy and convenience. These units are located about 2 km from the ELS Center in a vibrant local downtown area. Residents can easily access restaurants, shopping, and entertainment as well as the public transportation lines to downtown Chicago just steps away. All units were fully renovated in 2017 and include private bathrooms and full or half kitchens.

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School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
10 minutes
Means of transportation:
There is a free shuttle bus from Dominican University that provides free transportation in the morning and evening. The stop is one block from the apartments. There is also a public bus that runs regularly from the same stop to the school.
Average public transport cost:
Monthly : 100 $ / Per ride: 2.50 $
Walking distance to public transport:
1 minute

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
5 minutes
Restaurants:
5 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
5 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 14:00
Saturday until 12:00
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building) No
Key (building) Yes
Code (building) No
Staff on-site 24h Yes
Deposit
credit card details
Yes

Meals

Use of kitchen Yes
Meal-plan No

Facilities

Reception desk No
Smoking area No
Cafeteria No
Shared kitchen No
Oven Yes
Microwave Yes
Cutlery available Yes
Vending machine No
Laundry
5 washing machines / 5 dryers 1.50 $ per cycle
Yes
Common area/lounge No
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
TV in common room No
DVD-player in common room No
Balcony/terrace No
Garden No
BBQ area No
Wheelchair accessible No
Parking (cars) No
Parking (bicycles) Yes
Swimming pool No
Gym No

Room types and facilities

Single
10 rooms
min.: 12 m2/ max.: 23 m2
Yes
Air conditioning Yes
Heating Yes
Smoking No
Duvet and pillow provided Yes
Bed sheets provided Yes
Towels provided Yes
Toilet paper Yes
Ensuite toilet Yes
Ensuite shower Yes
Wash basin Yes
Shared toilets No
Shared showers No
Cleaning No
Desk Yes
Wardrobe Yes
Cooking facilities Yes
Microwave Yes
TV No
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
Floor
wood
Yes
Balcony No
Safe deposit box No
Room key provided Yes

Take advantage of your stay on the university campus to do some sports – and of the proximity of Chicago to discover the many attractions of this flagship American city! As a city of culture, Chicago is famous for its musical scene: blues and jazz are at home here, opera and the symphonic orchestra are central as far as classical music is concerned and you will spend unforgettable moments at the Comedy Clubs! Visit one of the many museums, admire the architecture of the city, stroll down the Magnificent Mile and discover elegant boutiques and beautiful restaurants! 35km further, the Michigan Lake invites you to relaxation, to sail or to discover its entertainment centre, Navy Pier. An enriching stay in a fascinating area – that’s what you wanted, right?

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