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Valparaiso University (VU) was founded in 1859. It is well known for its rigorous academic programs and strong support for international education. The school enrolls approximately 4,000 students from most states and more than 40 countries. VU offers more than 70 programs in five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing, Christ College (the honors college).
The INTERLINK curriculum emphasizes independent language learning, academic preparation, and cultural awareness; the language component of the curriculum focuses on listening, speaking, reading, writing, English for Business, English for Science and Technology (EST), English for Law, and skills necessary for successful academic and social adjustment in the U.S.
The program provides:
- Core Courses ( 20 hours per week). They are offered at five different levels of proficiency in nine-week sessions; students study Communication Skills (CS) and Reading/Writing (RW), each a 10 hour block per week.
- Modules (3 hours per week). In addition to the core courses, entering students receive a cultural orientation module while continuing students take modules on selected topics. Modules change from term to term, depending upon student interests and needs; they usually cover a wide range of subjects such as computer literacy, current events, public speaking, test-taking strategies, and others.
The terms are nine weeks in length. The number of instructional hours is 23 hours each week and the tuition cost is approximately $267 per week.