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Welcome to the ODU English Language Center!

Important Information for ELC Students

In the ELC Student Handbook, you can find information about:

  • the ODU ELC and our programs (schedule, courses, and levels)
  • getting started at the ELC (testing, orientation, registration, tuition)
  • living in the US (housing, dining, transportation, health)
  • visas and immigration
  • ELC policies
  • ...and more!

If you have any questions about information about the ELC Student Handbook, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Important Dates for New Students

Aug 18

New Student Check-in - Fall I 2014

08/18/2014 8:00 AM - 08/18/2014 4:00 PM

New students may check in at the ELC during regular business hours (8am - 5pm) in Dragas Hall Room 1108. Students may begin checking in... ( More )


Aug 19

Placement Testing - Fall I 2014

08/19/2014 9:30 AM - 08/19/2014 1:00 PM

Fall I 2014 - New Student Placement Testing will occur at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 20th. Registration... ( More )


Aug 20

Placement Testing - Fall I 2014

08/20/2014 9:30 AM - 08/20/2014 1:00 PM

Fall I 2014 - New Student Placement Testing will occur at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 20th. Registration... ( More )


Aug 25

Registration and Tuition Deadline - Fall I 2014

08/25/2014 8:00 AM - 08/25/2014 4:00 PM

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Aug 25

New Student Orientation - Fall I 2014

08/25/2014 10:30 AM - 08/25/2014 1:00 PM

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Aug 26

First Day of Class - Fall I 2014

08/26/2014 8:00 AM - 08/26/2014 4:00 PM

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Oct 13

New Student Check-in - Fall II 2014

10/13/2014 8:00 AM - 10/13/2014 4:00 PM

New students may check in at the ELC during regular business hours (8am - 5pm) in Dragas Hall Room 1108. Students may begin checking in... ( More )


Oct 14

Placement Testing - Fall II 2014

10/14/2014 9:30 AM - 10/14/2014 1:00 PM

Fall II 2014 - New Student Placement Testing will occur at 9:30am on Tuesday, October 14th and Wednesday, October 15th. Registration... ( More )


Oct 15

Placement Testing - Fall II 2014

10/15/2014 9:30 AM - 10/15/2014 1:00 PM

Fall II 2014 - New Student Placement Testing will occur at 9:30am on Tuesday, October 14th and Wednesday, October 15th. Registration... ( More )


Oct 20

Registration and Tuition Deadline - Fall II 2014

10/20/2014 8:00 AM - 10/20/2014 4:00 PM

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Student Health Insurance Policy

  • Old Dominion University requires every F-1 student to purchase the ODU AETNA Student Health Insurance Policy. This insurance is mandatory.
    • Medical costs in the U.S. are extremely high, and there are no government programs to cover expenses if an F-1 student needs to see a doctor or be hospitalized.
    • Purchasing health insurance helps protect you against the high cost of health care and ensures that medical costs will not keep you from attending classes.
  • You will need to purchase health insurance during the first week of classes.