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Virginia Commonwealth University

23284-3043 817 W. Franklin St., B-16, P.O. Box 843043
(804) 828.2551  

VCU was established in 1968. Today it enrolls more than 32,000 students. The University offers 62 Baccalaureate, 71 Master’s, 33 Doctorate, 3 first professional, 39 certificate programs. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college.


The English Language Program (ELP) provides English language support to students who are academically admissible to VCU but in need of improved English skills and proficiency, thus enabling them to be more competitive in a classroom environment. The ELP also serves individuals who want to improve their English language skills for career and personal reasons. 

The VCU English Language Program offers quality language classes which are taught by professionally trained language teachers with Master’s degrees who have native fluency in English, that are small, with normally 16 students or fewer per class, intensive to improve English language skills as quickly as possible. The Program provides access to a language learning lab to improve English outside the classroom. It concentrates on academic English and study skills so that students can be successful in academic and career pursuits.

The ELP offers 10 levels of instruction for core classes from beginning (Foundations) to advanced. And pronunciation classes are offered at four levels of instruction. Students can finish a level in one session or in one semester, depending on whether they are enrolled in a short-session course or in a semester-length course.

Core classes are offered in Writing and Grammar, Reading and Vocabulary, Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation. Electives such as Reading Academic Texts, Exploring U.S. Culture, Reading and Conversation, Conversation and Current Events, Communication and American Film, Advanced Business Writing, Reader’s Theater, TOEFL Preparation, Accent Reduction, Basic Grammar, and Grammar Review also are available. The content and availability of electives varies from session to session.

One session (8 weeks, full-time ELP, students attend class 20-28 hours per week.) - $1,775
Health insurance - $160
Estimated books and educational supplies - $165

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