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Our mission

The Language and Culture Institute is a gateway to Virginia Tech, committed to advancing the university’s global land-grant vision by providing campus-wide leadership and coordination in support of its international engagement efforts.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Creating and strengthening educational linkages in teaching, research, and service with international partners.
  • Establishing strategic partnerships with institutions of higher learning, government agencies, industry, and nongovernmental entities.
  • Recruiting the world’s foremost talent to be students and scholars at Virginia Tech.
  • Developing and implementing a diverse array of educational offerings, including certificate programs and high-quality language, leadership, and intercultural training programs.
  • Extending our institutional expertise in the field of international education to promote and serve the university’s global agenda.

The institute is part of Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, with locations at the university's main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and in the National Capital Region in Falls Church, Virginia.

Our history

The institute's roots date to the 1960s, when members of the Blacksburg chapter of the American Association of University Women decided to volunteer their time teaching English. The association held free classes in church basements or members' homes to help the spouses of international students and faculty members learn English.

The program would eventually come under the umbrella of the now defunct University Community International Council and was at the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech. In 1992, the program, called the English Language Institute of Virginia Tech, became part of the university’s Division of Continuing Education. The institute joined Outreach and International Affairs in 2003.