Students enroll in two required core classes and an optional elective each term and are engaged in these classes for 20 to 24 hours per week. Classes are divided into 10 levels according to language proficiency. Our highest levels make up a concentrated preparation program to help students transition to university classes.

Four hours per week are devoted to special-interest electives, which may be taken optionally and at extra cost. The elective offerings vary by session, but typically include American Idioms, Orientation to American Culture, Skills for University Success, Advanced Academic Listening, American Media, and Business English.

Sample daily schedule

  Monday-Thursday Friday
8-9:50 a.m. Grammar, Listening,
and Speaking
Grammar, Listening,
and Speaking
10-11:50 a.m. Reading and Writing Reading and Writing
12-12:50 p.m. Optional Elective  

* Subject to change

Academic calendar

The course calendar for the Intensive English Program closely follows the Virginia Tech calendar, with two terms each semester. For specific term dates, see our Academic Calendar page.