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Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Language and Culture Institute Blacksburg

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840 University Blvd., Suite 2, Mail Code 0273 , Blacksburg (view map)

About Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Language and Culture Institute Blacksburg

The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development. Through its work, the institute contributes to the university's diversity and intellectual capacity by helping to attract the best and brightest international students, scholars, and professionals to our community.

Part of Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, the institute has locations in Blacksburg at the main Virginia Tech campus, in the National Capital Region, and at Radford University.

The institute hosts over 500 students per year from more than 30 countries spanning the globe, served by 75 professional faculty, instructors, and staff.

There is no better way for you to improve your English language skills and ­experience American culture than through the LCI. You’ll meet dedicated faculty members who all hold master’s or doctoral degrees and certificates of advanced study. And you’ll study in a state-of-the-art computer lab and teaching facilities that will help bring your lessons to life and allow you to make rapid progress.

But we think you’ll learn so much more than just English at the LCI. Your time here will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. At our campuses in scenic Blacksburg, Radford, and the Washington, D.C. area, you’ll experience American culture both inside and outside the classroom while gaining the skills to help you achieve your academic, professional, or personal goals.

Additional Services

  • Student counselling
  • Visa support


  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Historical sightseeing
  • On campus events
  • University student social events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

TOEFL Preparation Course

If you are planning on taking the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language, this course can help you improve your score.

TOEFL Preparation Course

If you are planning on taking the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language, this course can help you improve your score. This test, more commonly called the TOEFL iBT®, measures the English proficiency of nonnative speakers of English. It is the most widely recognized test of English proficiency in the United States, accepted for admissions purposes by colleges and universities throughout the country.

The TOEFL iBT is administered in secure testing locations throughout the world, including at the LCI in Blacksburg. Unlike previous versions of the TOEFL, this test measures all four language skills — speaking, listening, reading, and writing — with an emphasis on assessing the ability to communicate in English.

Who should take this course

TOEFL Preparation is a featured elective in the Intensive English course series. You must demonstrate high-intermediate level of English proficiency and be enrolled in Intensive English core courses.

TOEFL Preparation features

Complete overview of the course format, sections, and question types
Vocabulary-building and extensive grammar review
Extensive computer-based practice, including timed sample tests
Speaking and writing drills under actual test conditions
Skill-building tips
Opportunity to take the TOEFL iBT on-site during the course

English Academic preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Intensive English Program

This course series helps international students meet their personal, academic, and professional goals through intensive English language study. Our exceptional professors and state-of-the-art technology ensure a superior program of instruction.

The Intensive English Program is an academic preparation course designed to help international students make the transition to American academic life through full-time instruction in English as a second language.
Students enroll in two required core classes and an optional elective each term and are engaged in these classes for 20 to 24 hours per week. Classes are divided into 10 levels according to language proficiency. Our highest levels make up a concentrated preparation program to help students transition to university classes.

Four hours per week are devoted to special-interest electives, which may be taken optionally and at extra cost. TOEFL iBT® Preparation, offered each term, is available to students who have high-intermediate to advanced language proficiency. The elective offerings vary by session, but typically include American Idioms, Orientation to American Culture, Skills for University Success, Advanced Academic Listening, American Media, and Business English.

English Pathway Programs

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Conditional Admission for International Students

If you are an excellent student and wish to apply to a degree program at Virginia Tech or Radford University but do not have good English skills or the necessary TOEFL score, don’t worry — you may be eligible for conditional admission!

Our conditional admission for international students program lets you work toward meeting the ­requirements of attending Virginia Tech or Radford while you study at the ­Language and Culture Institute.

Acceptance into the program is based on an evaluation of your high school ­records. As a conditionally admitted student, you are accepted into your ­chosen program on the condition that you develop your academic English
to the required standard through our Intensive English Program.

Benefits of conditional admission

Through the Intensive English ­Program, you will develop many of the skills necessary for success in a U.S. university, such as research, critical thinking, and academic writing skills.
Because the conditional admissions program allows you to start your studies at the LCI, you will have time to adjust to life in the United States.
Challenges such as homesickness and culture shock can be dealt with before you begin your regular university coursework.
You will have more time to explore the university and its course offerings.
At the LCI, you will be in a comfortable, supportive environment, ­surrounded by faculty and advisers who have vast experience helping ­inter­national students.

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Summer Program for Scientific Communication

The Summer Program for Scientific Communication aims to prepare undergraduates who wish to continue on to graduate studies in the United States through a highly concentrated, scientifically focused English and academic skills program.

Registration in this program is restricted to enrolled students at a Chinese university. High-intermediate to advanced language proficiency is recommended. Students must be 17 or older at the time the program begins to participate.

You will:

Build writing skills for research papers on current scientific affairs.
Give presentations on and participate in discussions about current events and issues in science.
Practice English language skills with native English speakers and Virginia Tech students from other countries.
Visit laboratories and meet faculty involved in cutting-edge research.
During the program, you will visit Washington, D.C., and have the opportunity to see famous landmarks such as the Mall and the Lincoln Memorial. You will also have the chance to enjoy social activities and make friends with American students by living in residence halls on the Virginia Tech campus.



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