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Important Arrival Information
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Take This With You to the Airport

Important Telephone Numbers
if you have problems on Arrival Day:

  1. Philadelphia Center Help Line 1-877-479-5912
  2. Susan McKelvey 1-610-585-6480 or 1-877-479-5912
  3. ELS Emergency Student Help Line 1-800-HELP-ELS 
    (1-800-435-7357)
  4. ELS/Philadelphia Center 1-215-473-4430 
    (open Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm)

Dear Student:

Thank you for choosing ELS Language Centers/Philadelphia. We look forward to welcoming you. For your safety and convenience, we have prepared the following instructions to assist you should you have any difficulties upon your arrival.

At the Airport (only for students who have reserved airport transfer service)

Where will I meet my driver?
If you are on an international flight, your driver will be waiting for you just outside International Arrivals after you have cleared U.S. Immigration and Customs. If you are on a domestic flight, your driver will meet you at the baggage claim area.

What if my arrival time or flight changes?
Please call our Airport Pick-up driver, Susan McKelvey from a pay telephone at 1-610-585-6480. Give her your new airline, flight number and arrival time into Philadelphia International Airport.

What if I cannot find my driver?
If you cannot find Susan McKelvey, please call her from a pay telephone at 1-610-585-6480 and let her know where you are. She will advise you where to wait for her. Susan will be carrying either an ELS Language Centers sign or a sign with your name spelled in English characters.

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What if I try and still cannot find my driver?
If you still cannot find your driver after trying your best, please take a taxi to your homestay or your residence hall. If you are in a homestay, ask the taxi driver to take you to your homestay host’s address. If you have a confirmed residence hall reservation, ask the taxi driver to take you to the Rashford Hall at 5200 City Avenue. Upon arrival to your housing call Susan McKelvey at 1-610-585-6480 to tell her that you missed your transfer. If you have already paid for your airport pickup you will receive a refund on Monday morning.

What if my luggage is lost?
If the airline misplaces your luggage, Susan McKelvey will assist you in completing the forms needed for the airline to return it to you. This will take some time. Luggage is usually found and returned to students within 24 hours.

At the Airport: (only for students who have NOT requested airport transfer service)

If you did not request our airport pickup service, please take a taxi to your residence hall or homestay host’s home. If you lose your luggage, give the airline the address for ELS Language Centers. (See above.) They will deliver the bag to the school.

Directions to Rashford Hall from the Airport:

  • 76 WEST TO EXIT 339 (Saint Joseph's University)
  • CITY AVENUE TO 52ND STREET (TURN LEFT)
  • FIRST DRIVEWAY ON THE RIGHT ON 52ND STREET IS THE ENTRANCE TO RASHFORD HALL

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Arriving on Campus

How do I check in?
Your dormitory is Rashford Hall at 5200 City Avenue.
There will be a security guard inside the building who will call the ELS Residence Advisor, who will help you to your apartment.

Arriving at my Homestay

If your flight plans change, and you have contacted Susan McKelvey, she will contact your homestay host to tell them when to expect you.

In Case of Emergency

If you have an emergency, or you need to contact center staff for some important reason, please call 1-877-479-5912. This is a free call from any telephone in the United States. If that number does not work for any reason, please call the ELS Language Centers Emergency Student Help Line at 1-800-HELP ELS (1-800-435-7357).

Welcome to Philadelphia!!!

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