ELS Language Centers is accredited by the governing authority in each country it operates.

In the USA: 

ELS Language Centers in the USA is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) – a national accrediting agency listed by the US Secretary of Education. ELS schools are approved to offer the following programs: Intensive Programs, Semi-Intensive Program, Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT, the American Explorer Program, Business English Programs, CELTA and Special Programs. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training


ELS Educational Services, Inc. has been certified by AIRC (the American International Recruitment Council), an organization to ensuring that International Student Recruitment agencies are providing a level of professional service, specialized knowledge and integrity that is keeping with what is expected by U.S. accredited colleges, universities and related postsecondary institutions. ELS is a founding institutional members of AIRC and one of the first organizations to be certified. Comments about ELS for the American International Recruitment Council: Click here


American International Recruitment Council


In Canada:
Canadian locations and programs accredited by Languages Canada


Languages Canada


In Australia:
ELS/Universal English College in Sydney, Australia
Universal Education Centre Pty. Ltd. CRICOS Code: 00053J

NEAS Australia


Professional Memberships
ELS Language Centers and its staff are members of:

American Association of Intensive English Programs


Association of International Education Administrators


Association of International Educators


English Australia


American International Recruitment Council


Association of Language Travel Organisations


Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

The Bureau’s purpose, which is within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, is to regulate private postsecondary educational institutions that provide educational services in California.
Any questions a student may have regarding their enrollment that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, CA 95833; P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818


Telephone: (888) 370-7589
Fax: (916) 263-1897


A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's website;

ELS Annual BPPE Report

2016 ELS California Catalog

Performance Fact Sheet 2015



ELS Language Centers is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Any complaints against ELS Language Centers in Illinois (Chicago, Romeoville, DeKalb) may be registered with the Illinois Board of Higher Education at the following address: 

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Attn: Student Complaint Division
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 33
Springfield, IL 62701