Thank you for your interest in the Language and Culture Institute. Here, you will find everything you need to know in order to apply to the LCI.

First, choose which program you want to apply to:

AdvantageVT is a pathway program for international students who want to earn undergraduate credit while improving their academic English skills. Click here to see admission requirements.

Application Instructions

  • Step 1: Complete an online application and pay the $235 application fee.
  • Step 2: After you have submitted your application, you will see a link to "Upload your documents."
     
    You will need to submit:
    • A completed copy of the Virginia Tech undergraduate application
    • A copy of your high school diploma or certificate
      Students who have completed secondary school or high school must submit copies of their diplomas or school leaving certificates. Report of scores on school leaving examinations must also be submitted.
    • Complete high school transcripts
      This contains the record of courses studied, marks (grades) awarded, length of class periods, and grading scale with minimum passing mark. These must be submitted for upper secondary or high school years and must be complete for applicants who have graduated from school. For those applicants who are still enrolled in school, the transcript, or statement of marks, must show the most current term of grades to date. The transcript must be an original copy, certified by the sending institution.
    • A copy of the identity (photo) page of your passport.
    • A financial certification form and a copy of a bank statement, or a letter of financial support or letter of sponsorship
       
  • Step 3: Have your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score sent directly to the LCI
    To have your TOEFL score automatically sent to the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute, please specify CEEB code C096 on the test form.

All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Notarized translations alone will not be accepted. Translations supplement, but do not replace original documents. Remember to send both.

Your application will be considered once payment and all required documents have been received.

The Intensive English Program helps international students meet their personal, academic, and professional goals through intensive English language study.

Application Instructions

Your application will be considered once payment and all required documents have been received.

The Conditional Admission Program allows international students to work toward meeting the ­requirements of attending Virginia Tech while studying at the ­LCI.

Application Instructions

  • Step 1: Complete an online application and pay the conditional admission application fee.
  • Step 2: After you have submitted your application, you will see a link to "Upload your documents."
     
    You will need to submit:
    • A completed copy of the Virginia Tech undergraduate application
    • A copy of your high school diploma or certificate
      Students who have completed secondary school or high school must submit copies of their diplomas or school leaving certificates. Report of scores on school leaving examinations must also be submitted.
    • Complete high school transcripts
      This contains the record of courses studied, marks (grades) awarded, length of class periods, and grading scale with minimum passing mark. These must be submitted for upper secondary or high school years and must be complete for applicants who have graduated from school. For those applicants who are still enrolled in school, the transcript, or statement of marks, must show the most current term of grades to date. The transcript must be an original copy, certified by the sending institution.
    • A copy of the identity (photo) page of your passport.
    • A financial certification form and a copy of a bank statement, or a letter of financial support or letter of sponsorship

All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Notarized translations alone will not be accepted. Translations supplement, but do not replace original documents. Remember to send both.

Your application will be considered once payment and all required documents have been received.

These classes in Northern Virginia will help you improve your English skills and achieve greater fluency quickly.

More information

New students applying from overseas and seeking a student (F-1) visa or F-1 students transferring to the LCI from other schools must provide documents proving sufficient funds to cover tuition, living expenses, and health insurance for the period of study. This requirement may be satisfied as follows:

  • A bank or brokerage statement in your name or in the name(s) of your parents. This statement must show sufficient funds to support all expenses relating to your studies. If a parent's bank statement is used, the parent must provide a signed statement that these funds on deposit will be used to support your studies.
  • A letter from a bank certified by a bank official stating that you or your parents have a bank balance sufficient to support your studies. This letter must show a minimum amount on deposit to support all expenses relating to your studies.
  • A scholarship letter from an educational institution, or a government agency showing sufficient funding to support all expenses relating to your studies.
  • An affidavit of support from a relative or sponsor in the United States. This affidavit must show sufficient income and resources to support all expenses relating to your studies. A Form I-134 Affidavit of Support is available from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • A combination the above methods is also acceptable.
  • Within three business days of submitting of your Intensive English Program application, you should receive an email confirming that your application has been received. Your application will be reviewed when the LCI has received your application fee and all required supporting documents. All students meeting eligibility requirements are accepted. Within two weeks of acceptance, you should receive your acceptance package — including arrival information, information on how to obtain your visa, and a Form I-20, which is used to obtain a student visa. Initial shipment of the I-20 by express mail is included in the application fee.
  • AdvantageVT applications are reviewed on a "rolling basis" as they are received.

The Language and Culture Institute has limited refund opportunities. In general, no refunds are given for tuition, fee, or testing payments. Details are provided in the student handbook and on each program's specific webpage.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 1-540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations, please discuss your needs at your earliest convenience with the LCI director at 1-540-231-9814.

Need more help?

Do you have a question about your application? Contact us at lci-info@vt.edu.
 

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