ELS Language Center at Bates

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Laurie Arnold
International Student Advisor
Ph: 1+253.680.7127
Fax: 1+253.680.7201 
internationalstudent@bates.ctc.edu

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Welcome to ELS/Tacoma! 

International students who need to improve their English skills before entering Bates Technical College are able to attend a world-class language center located on Bates' Downtown Campus.

The leader in intensive English training since 1961, ELS Language Center/Tacoma opened on Sept. 17, 2012, and is the second center to open in beautiful Washington state. (Read official news release.)

ELS/Tacoma students have access to all the amenities Bates students have, including dining services, child care, and more. Students can also participate and attend Associated Student Government and Diversity Center activities. 

Instead of meeting a minimum TOEFL score, students can complete ELS level 109 (level 112 for select programs) to fulfill Bates' English proficiency entrance requirement. Bates will also issue conditional letters of acceptance to ELS students who have met the requirements. (Read about our admission requirements.)

To learn more about the ELS center at Bates, visit www.ELS.edu/Tacoma.