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Programs & Courses

ELC Programs & Courses

Located on the campus of Old Dominion University, the English Language Center (ELC) provides effective, quality instruction of English for non-native speakers. You will improve your English language skills, gain confidence, develop critical reasoning skills, learn about American culture, and prepare for university-level courses.

  • The experienced and highly qualified faculty have native proficiency in English and hold master's degrees or higher in TESOL or a related field. Many have lived and taught English all over the world.
  • ELC students have many opportunities to interact with university students and the community. Students often visit widely acclaimed museums, gardens, beaches, sports, and cultural events. Students can also join the Conversation Partner Program, where they are matched with American students so they can practice each other's native language and learn about each other's culture.

Bridge Programs

Professor and Student Outside the Classroom

Intensive English Program

Students Working Together on Project

Special Programs

Education Professor and Students

Conditional Admission to Academic Programs

Old Dominion University offers conditional admission to undergraduate programs and certain graduate programs. Students can be conditionally admitted to Old Dominion University prior to satisfying the university's English proficiency requirement. Conditionally admitted students may then enroll in the English Language Center Intensive English Program or the Bridge Program.