English courses Johnson City, United States

Learn English and Study abroad in Johnson City (USA)

Johnson City
503 South Dossett Drive Johnson CitytnTN 37614US

Johnson City, city of the infamous Al Capone

Studying English with ELS in Johnson City will mean you are right in the heart of Tennessee, the birthplace of rock'n'roll.

Johnson City was originally founded by Henry Johnson as a railway station. During the era of prohibition it became a center for smuggling, which earned Johnson City the nickname Little Chicago. The city was home to a distribution center, which was used by Al Capone's men to supply Chicago with liquor.

However, this era is long gone. Johnson City is an extremely safe and welcoming city, and for several years has been ranked in the top 30 Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes Magazine. Importantly for students, it is also one of the most affordable places to live in America.

The country blues

Do you enjoy music? Discover the Little Chicago Blues Festival, held annually to celebrate the history of the city. Each month there is also an art and music festival to showcase new talent.  Walk through the city famous for its shopping, art gallery and antique shops.

English courses on the campus of East Tennessee State University

By choosing to study with ELS, you will discover the life of American students at the East Tennessee State University.  East Tennessee State University offers many facilities including: a language education technology center, a library, a health center, vending machines, snack bar and a cafeteria. You can also participate in many sporting activities thanks to the baseball, football and basketball courts, the gym, indoor pool, the athletics track, and the tennis and squash courts. These facilities allow you to keep fit during your stay in the USA and also provide the opportunity to meet other students.

Bristol Motor Speedway is also located close by, which is used annually for NASCAR races. American racing history began in Johnson City, with smugglers modifying their cars to escape police!

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503 South Dossett Drive, ETSU

Johnson City, TN 37614


001 423 439 7147

On the campus of:

East Tennessee State University

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Buccaneer Ridge Residence

Buccaneer Ridge residence is located on the fringes of the campus of East Tennessee State University. Each apartment has two single rooms, each with a private bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a dryer, a lounge and a balcony. The apartments also have internet and cable TV access. Beside the residence there is a student club with a TV, a patio for barbecues and an outdoor pool. A free shuttle service for the campus, including the Buccaneer Ridge area, runs during the academic year, or you can walk to the ELS school in 15 minutes. There are supermarkets and restaurants within easy walking distance.

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