University of St. Thomas, Houston in partnership with ELS

ELS On-Campus icon for UGELS Educational Service, Inc. has 55 years of experience in preparing international students for university studies. For those interested in studying at this institution but who have not currently achieved the required TOEFL score, ELS offers you the opportunity to develop your language skills to the required level at our ELS center located on the campus of this university!  In addition, we focus heavily on giving you the necessary study skills for successful study at the university of your choice. ELS students have full access to campus facilities for the duration of their ELS program!


Academic excellence attracts students from all over the world to the University of St. Thomas campus, located minutes away from the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston. Students from 36 states and 50 foreign countries fill classrooms. With a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, St. Thomas offers students highly personalized instruction. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty have earned the top degrees in their fields. St. Thomas offers 36 undergraduate majors and 10 pre-professional programs including dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, optometry and pharmacy, and 17 master’s degrees include accounting, business administration, education, faith and culture, finance, liberal arts, theology and philosophy. Also available are two doctorate degrees, a Doctorate in Philosophy and a Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership. Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University of St. Thomas remains Houston’s first and only Catholic university. St. Thomas is dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, committed to the religious, ethical, and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education and welcomes students of all faiths. Since 1994, “U.S. News & World Report” has named the University of St. Thomas to the top tier of Western mid-sized comprehensive universities. UST has also been ranked among the “Best Western Colleges” by Princeton Review. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Average Temperatures Low (winter): 43°F/6 °C High (summer): 94°F/ 34°C


The majority of undergraduate and graduate international students live on campus in Guinan Residence Hall or Young Hall. Guinan Residence Hall offers a traditional campus life experience for undergraduate students. Young Hall consists of apartments for upperclassmen, graduate and non-traditional-aged students. International students should visit for on campus housing information

Student life

    • More than 80 students clubs and organizations including the International Student Association, African-American Student Union, Brazilian Student Association, Filipino Student Association, Muslim Student Association and Vietnamese Student Association.
    • Athletic facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, and tennis, basketball and racquetball courts
    • The Office of Student Activities offers social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and governance programs .
    • The campus has wifi, a bookstore, two fully-wired computer labs and two libraries.