(Norfolk | United States )

Old Dominion University - ELC

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Hampton Boulevard , Norfolk (view map)

About Old Dominion University - ELC

Old Dominion University is a public doctoral research university for high-performing students from around the world who want a rigorous academic experience in a multi-cultural community. Our nationally recognized faculty use real-world expertise and innovative teaching methods to challenge students to achieve their highest goals. The university offers 68 bachelor's degrees, 60 master's degrees and 35 doctoral degrees. There are numerous student organizations, intercollegiate teams and national championships. The university is located in Norfolk, Virginia and is only 30 minutes away from the ocean resort of Virginia Beach. The climate is warm (9.5C inwinter, 30C in summer) and is located in a region that is a major southeastern Atlantic Ocean port. The area is home to widely acclaimed museums, gardens, the opera house and a symphony. The university is approximately 3 hours from Washington, D.C. and 7 hours from New York City by car or train. ODU has an intensive English Language program which offers courses at 5 levels for incoming students, along with a university Bridge Program and TOEFL preparation. The English Language Center is professionally recognized by UCIEP (University and College Independent English Programs) and by AAIEP (American Association of Independent English Programs). Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Additional Services

  • Student counselling
  • Visa support


  • Host family accommodation
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • On campus
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

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.

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

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.



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