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Old Dominion University

Innovative English Language Instruction With Heart

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a fully accredited, forward-focused research university located along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, and not far from Virginia Beach. The dynamic campus is situated at the heart of technology and maritime industries, and supports a talented and diverse global community, including over 1,200 international students and scholars from 180 countries.

A Top-tier University, A High-quality Education

With over 200 programs of study, innovative instruction, pioneering faculty, entrepreneurial research and internship opportunities, students coming to ODU are guaranteed an excellent educational experience and return on investment.


The university offers small class sizes, advanced research, technology centers, and excellent faculty across its nationally ranked degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. In 2016, Old Dominion University was recognized as a top-tier university according to U.S. News & World Report.


Leading-edge English Language Programs

ODU offers conditional admission to undergraduate programs and certain graduate programs, which means international students can be admitted to the university prior to satisfying the English proficiency requirement. Students may then enroll at the English Language Center (ELC) or the Monarch English Transition (MET) Program. Students who successfully complete the exit criteria for levels 5 or 6 of the Intensive English Program do not have to take the TOEFL/IELTS to transition to the Monarch English Transition (MET) Program and begin academic courses.

The ELC is a proud member of both UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs) and EnglishUSA (AAIEP) which recognize its high professional standards and top-quality English language instruction.

The ELC’s faculty and staff do more than teach. They focus on building relationships both inside and outside of the classroom to ensure each student is successful. “A study abroad experience is more than what merely takes place in the classroom. While at ODU, students build friendships, interact with mentors, and participate in campus activities,” said Assistant Director for Student Services, Mark Galloway. “Like we always tell the students, it is important to balance working hard with enjoying life in another country.”

Vibrant Campus Life

ELC students are allowed to participate in all events on campus including movie nights, most sporting events, international festivals, art, theatre, concerts, and over 300 student organizations.

“We’ve always received excellent quality students from Latin America, with students coming from Brazil and Mexico, and we want to keep that dynamic in our program,” explained ELC Director, David Silvis. “We pride ourselves on our experienced and highly qualified faculty who will help you to reach your personal, career, and academic goals through your study of English here at ODU.”

Looking to the Future

“Our vision is to build a greater educational, economic, and interpersonal cooperation between the United States and the vibrant Latin American region. There are many opportunities for the people of the United States and Latin American to grow closer together and learn from one another,” concluded Recruitment Coordinator and International Advisor, Christina Koenig.


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