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Intensive English Program

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Intensive English Program

  • The English Language Center's rigorous full-time Intensive English Program is designed for students who want to develop the academic English proficiency necessary to succeed in ODU's undergraduate and graduate programs. The ELC offers six seven-week sessions each year with program start dates in January, March, May, June, August, and October. During each week, full-time students spend at least twenty hours in class studying grammar, reading/vocabulary, speaking/listening, and writing.

  • Class sizes average between 12 and 15 students; there are six levels of regular classes. Beginning each session, students complete a placement test and are assigned to the appropriate level of English instruction based on their score. Proceeding to a higher level normally requires two seven-week sessions.

  • Special courses in TOEFL preparation and GRE preparation are available to upper level students. The GRE preparation program is comprehensive and covers all three sections of the exam: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.


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.