Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT] Part 2 - Intensive English Program at Virginia Tech

[Source: Virginia Tech]

International Admissions:
International Student Enrollment (Fall 2012)

Total of 2510 students from more than 108 countries:
  • 1697 Graduate
  • 813 Undergraduate
Undergraduate Admissions (Fall 2012)

Virginia Tech received 21,005 applications for the fall 2011 freshman class
  • The typical student who was offered admission had a high-school grade point average of 4.0, with the middle 50 percent between 3.81 and 4.24.
  • The average cumulative SAT reasoning test score was 1250, with a middle range of 1160 to 1340.
Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Apartments
Cranwell International Center (0509)
West End of Clay Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540.231.6527
Fax: 540.231.3808

  Language and Culture Institute
  840 University City Blvd., Suite 2 (0273)
  Blacksburg VA 24061 USA
  Tel: 540.231.9814
  Fax: 540.231.9490

Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute:
The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI) provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development. The institute hosts over 500 students per year from more than 30 countries spanning the globe, served by 75 professional faculty, instructors and staff.

English Language Study for Internationals
The Intensive English course series provides full-time classroom instruction in all skill areas, including listening, speaking, reading, writing and pronunciation, from beginning through advanced proficiency levels, supplemented by self-paced, interactive computer-assisted training in our technology center.

TOEFL® iBT Preparation readies students for the challenging new Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language under actual test conditions. Practice exercises and tests are completed in the same computer laboratory where the official TOEFL® iBT is administered.

The Intensive English programs in Blacksburg and Falls Church, Virginia, part of the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute (VTLCI), are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

Typical Class Schedules
Schedule I

8:00 A.M. - 9:50 A.M.            
Monday - Friday
Reading & Writing
10:00 A.M. - 11:50 A.M.
Monday - Friday
Grammar, Listening & Speaking
12:00 P.M. - 12:50 P.M.
Monday - Thursday
Optional Elective

Life as an International Student at Virginia Tech:
Founded in 1872, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. The Virginia Tech main campus is situated in Southwest Virginia's picturesque town of Blacksburg, which offers naturally beautiful views, unique stores, art galleries, and restaurants. Here international students become familiar with many practical aspects of daily life and culture in the United States: shopping, enjoying golf, tennis, hiking, and canoeing, attending plays and concerts, and socializing.

Adjusting to life at Virginia Tech
International students are encouraged to visit the Cranwell International Center to receive any assistance with issues including: working with your professor, time management, incorrect placements, exam concerns, group work, English difficulties, and other concerns. They can also refer you to resources within the university to help with academic skills, special needs, and tutoring.

The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute also arranges activities each term based upon student interest and season. These typically include field trips, shopping, hiking, skiing, bowling and billiards, swimming and canoeing, and dining out. Students enjoy public access to Virginia Tech activities such as art exhibitions, lectures, seminars, plays, concerts, community classes, socials and sports events.

Student Affairs & Involvement:
At Virginia Tech, more than 19,000 students are members of the more than 700 officially registered clubs and organizations at Virginia Tech. For international students, there are several ways that can help you be more connected, such as:

Council of International Student Organizations (CISO)
  • CISO is an umbrella organization representing all international student organizations at Virginia Tech. Together with the Cranwell International center, CISO tries to make you feel at home in Blacksburg. CISO is the voice for international students to university administrators and they organize several social and cultural events

English Conversation Groups (ECG)
  • Cranwell conversation groups are free of charge and require no registration. They are open to Virginia Tech students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents.

First Year Experience Class
  • The Cranwell International Center offers a variety of classes for credit each semester. All incoming students who have been educated outside of the United States are encouraged to enroll in the First Year Experience class during the semester of their arrival.

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