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Virginia Commonweath University (VCU)

English Language Program (ELP) / Online Courses [Richmond, Virginia]


  • With a strong, academic focus, ELP enables students to quickly improve their English and complete the entire program within one year.
  • The ELP at VCU offers high-quality education, advising and activities for a low cost representing an excellent overall value.
  • Student enjoy living on a safe and friendly campus located in downtown Richmond, two hours from Washington, D.C, the Atlantic Ocean beaches, and the mountains.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The English Language Program (ELP) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) offers intensive ESL instruction and exposure to the rich cultural diversity in Virginia to students who want to learn English for a variety of academic, professional, and personal reasons. ELP’s mission is to prepare students for academic and personal success in English language proficiency by offering first-rate instruction and advising within a safe and caring environment. ELP has a strong academic focus which allows students to progress quickly with the assistance of teachers, student services, and curriculum-enhanced technology. The English Language program offers a high quality of education, advising, and activities for a reasonable cost. Students can take advantage of all the facilities of VCU, a Top 100 International University in the United States with more than 25 nationally ranked academic programs. Students interested in applying to VCU are eligible for conditional admission in all undergraduate programs and certain graduate programs, which means you will be able to enroll at the university after you successfully complete the ELP program, even without a TOEFL iBT or IELTS score. ELP staff believe that language is directly connect to culture, so all ELP students have the opportunity to learn more about the culture of Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and the United States.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1989
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 300
      Average Class Size : 12
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequently Available
      Location : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to the English Language Program (ELP) in the Global Education Office (GEO) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Our Mission is simple: to help you succeed.
      Our ELP teachers and advisors help you improve your English skills. Our curriculum includes all ESL skill areas and allows you to complete ELP within one calendar year or less. Our courses prepare you to succeed at VCU and in your professional and personal lives. Our Tutoring Center and Computer Lab offer extra help with learning English. Our GEO staff help you lead a successful life here. At ELP, you are respected as a unique individual. The focus is on you; you are why we are here. This is our promise to you. We look forward to receiving your application from!

      Amber Hill, Ph.D.
      English Language Program (ELP)
      Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
      English Language Program (ELP)

      912 West Grace Street, 3rd Floor P.O. Box 843043
      Richmond, Virginia  23284-3043  U.S.A.
      TEL: (804) 828-2551
      FAX: (804) 828-2552
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • ELP hosts students from a diverse array of countries.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • The instructors are trained, fully-certified professionals. Many instructors have lived and traveled abroad and have extensive experience teaching English to students from around the world. The personal and academic qualities of the instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to care deeply about their students.
    • Housing
    • While attending the school, students have the option to live in on-campus dormitories or off-campus residences. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students – both American and international. For students who prefer a more independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the campus environment. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The school may provide information about private off-campus apartments; however, it is the students’ responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The ELP at VCU is located on a safe and friendly campus in Richmond, Virginia, two hours from Washington, D.C, the Atlantic Ocean beaches, and the mountains. Richmond is the capital of the commonwealth of Virginia and has a population of about 214,000 people. The city combines both the convenience of a major metropolitan area with the charm of a small historic city making for an exciting setting for international students to both study and live in. Richmond has just about everything that you could need in a city environment, plus the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, just a short trip away. Voted one of the best “river towns” in America, Richmond, is an ideal place for those who like to hike, bike, run, boat and fish.
    • About the College/University
    • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) was originally established in 1838 and is a major urban, public research university focused on academic success. VCU has approximately 31,000 students including 23,000 undergraduates and 5,400 graduate students. In addition, VCU has students from 108 countries from around the world. The university as a whole has 13 schools and one college which offer 63 bachelor’s degree, 74 master’s degree and 40 doctoral degree programs. The Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by the Institute of Higher Education has ranked VCU in the top 100 universities in North and Latin America and one of the top 200 universities in the world. Evidence of VCU’s status as one of the nation’s top urban, public research universities is shown by its leading medical center, top arts school and nationally ranked graduate programs.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program.
  • Courses
    • English Language Program (ELP) / Online Course

    • About This Course
    • **This program will be offered online**

      The English Language Program (ELP) offers full- and part-time intensive ESL instruction as well as exposure to the rich cultural diversity of Virginia. Students are provided with 22 hours of English instruction per week at three levels of instructions; Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. ELP prepares students in six primary ESL skill areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation and grammar. Moreover, ELP enhances student success by offering specialized skills courses to intermediate level learners and advanced-level academic preparation courses for students at the highest level. All students enrolled in the English Language Program are required to take the ELP placement test upon arrival which determines each student’s initial placement in classes. All ELP courses are taught by ESL professionals who hold at least an MA in TESOL or a related field and/or a BA in English or a related field as well as a TESOL Certificate. Qualified students may be accepted into VCU via conditional admission without a TOEFL iBT or IELTS score. Students enrolled in ELP have access to both a tutoring center and computer labs which will help them to improve their English skills even more rapidly. The ELP office staff provides numerous services to students, including assistance with academic, cross-cultural, social, billing, and registration needs.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 3 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,12,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence
      Off-Campus Housing
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      6/21 - 8/1310/18 - 12/21

      12 WEEKS:
      5/24 - 8/13

      16 WEEKS:
      8/24 - 12/21

    • Fees
      US$ 70
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,250
      12 WEEKS US$ 4,950
      16 WEEKS US$ 4,950
      8-16 WEEKS N/A US$ 599 - 825 Per Month US$ 600 - 900 Per Month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged (Taxi, Bus or Car Service)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Housing fees do not include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Richmond, Virginia
    • Location
      Virginia Commonwealth University
      English Language Program (ELP)

      912 West Grace Street, 3rd Floor P.O. Box 843043 Richmond, Virginia  23284-3043  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Richmond International Airport:
      ELP arranges airport pick-up service that costs US$ 10 and brings students directly to the school in approximately 15 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.6
      School Environment: 4.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.8
      Activities and Social Life: 4.4
      Accommodation: 4.4


    • There are 8 reviews for this school

    • HmDali
      [ Taif, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      My Personal Point of View
      Selecting an English Language Program is somewhat challenging for a great deal of students overseas. I hope that my review will help them to narrow down their scope of searching. Firstly, my educational journey at VCU ELP was a magnificent experience in all aspects. The instructors and administrative staff are kind and helpful. In the classroom, my instructors treated me with extreme respect and courtesy. Secondly, the curriculum is well designed and contains tons of topics about the American culture and society that have radically changed my view toward it and provides me with a breadth of enormous knowledge about it. Additionally, there is a weekly meeting called Tea Time where we interact with other international students and native English speakers. Finally, my basic English skills have substantially improved to an excellent level. My use of the English words and grammar have become more flexible and has a deep understanding which allowed me to use them in a different context than before. To sum up, I really enjoyed the study at this school, and my knowledge as well as my skills surely developed after I have enrolled in this ELP.
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      A Former Student
      [ Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Age 27, Male ]
      I wish I had more time to study at VCU!
      I recommend studying at VCU.
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      [ Shanghai, China, Age 23, Female ]
      A good opportunity to learn and meet friends
      Here at ELP is really great for me to study. I really found the joy of learning English and got lots of opportunities to communicate. In the class, teachers are really wonderful! They are just like friends and are full of energy. Also, after class there are activities such as Tea Time which is helpful. I highly recommend it!
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      [ Minas Gerais, Brazil, Age 38, Female ]
      7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
      I really appreciate my course, the teacher are so wonderful. Although I had studied English before, I had learned more grammar and vocabulary. Therefore, if I have to choose, I would do it again.
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      A Former Student
      [ Siddiq, Kuwait, Age 18 ]

      Geovana Pereira Gomes
      [ Itajai/SC, Brazil, Age 40, Female ]

      Ahmad sarkhouh
      [ Kuwait city, Kuwait, Age 22, Male ]

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