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Intensive English Program

Students Working Together on Project

The Old Dominion University English Language Center (ELC) specializes in full-time and part-time university coursework in English as a second language. The ELC offers a six-level intensive program for students who need in-depth study of English and a Bridge Program for students who are conditionally accepted by the university. Sessions begin in January, March, May, June, August, and October. We also host specially designed programs for professionals or groups of students. The ELC is a member of UCIEP and AAIEP


The English Language Center offers six 7-week sessions each year. Each week, you will spend 20 hours in class studying grammar, listening/speaking, reading/vocabulary and writing.

Placement and Evaluation

There are six levels of classes. New students will be assigned to the appropriate level of difficulty based on the placement test given at the beginning of each session. Each level lasts 14 weeks and is divided into two 7-week sessions. Advancing to the next level occurs when you meet grade and attendance requirements for the level. You will receive evaluations of their progress in the middle and at the end of each session. You will be awarded a certificate upon the completion of your program.

How to Apply

To apply, prospective students must first print and complete the application form.

With the application, you must send the following:

  • Application fee (a check or money order for US$50.00).
  • ELC Financial Certificate or financial statement from the sponsor's bank with a specific amount of money on deposit to verify the sponsor's ability to pay expenses.
  • A letter from the financial sponsor (parents, relatives, government, etc.) stating that the sponsor will guarantee payment of the student's living and education expenses during his or her stay in the United States. All documents must be original with original signatures. No photocopies or faxes are accepted. If the English Language Center's Financial Certificate form is completed, a separate letter and/or financial statement is not necessary.
  • Courier service fee (a check or money order for US$35.00) Courier service is optional. International airmail will be used if the courier service fee is not paid.

If you are transferring from another college or school within in the U.S., you should complete the Transfer-In Form for F-1 Visa Holders. The Transfer-In Form can be found here.

Please mail the application and required items to:

English Language Center

Old Dominion University

Dragas Hall, Room 1108

Norfolk, VA 23529-0086