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Old Dominion University (ODU)

English Language Center [Norfolk, VA]


  • Practice for the TOEFL and GRE with optional preparation courses.
  • Participate in the University's many diverse clubs, activities and sports events.
  • Enjoy Norfolk's warm climate and close proximity to beautiful Virginia Beach.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public
      Establishment : 1981
      Membership/Accreditation : SACS, UCIEP, EnglishUSA (AAIEP)
      Enrollment : 150/session
      Average Class Size : 12-15
      Airport Pickup : Yes
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Light Rail, Taxi, Private Car, SAFERIDE and escort services
    • A Message from School
    • Hi from sunny Virginia!
      The English Language Center (ELC) is located on the main campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, which is conveniently located just minutes from Virginia Beach and within a few hours’ drive of major cities such as Washington, DC and New York City.

      We offer a full range of courses in English as a second language, and we pride ourselves on our experienced and highly qualified faculty who will help you to reach your personal, career, and/or academic goals through your study of English.

      Studying English in the United States is an exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting you along the way.

      We hope to see you at ODU soon!
      David H. Silvis
      Director, English Language Center
    • English Language Center
      Old Dominion University

      1108 Dragas Hall
      Norfolk, VA  23529-0086  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 757-683-4424
      FAX: +1 757-683-4640
      E-mail: elc@odu.edu
      Website: http://www.odu.edu/cepd/esl
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 levels + Undergraduate & Graduate Monarch English Transition
      COURSE LENGTH: 7 weeks minimum; Total length may vary from 7 weeks to 20 months
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 years old
      REQUIREMENT: High school diploma or equivalent
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Off-campus Apartment/
      On-campus dormitory available for students staying during the summer or for a minimum of 1 academic year.
    • Dates
    • 2022
      7 WEEKS:
      1/3 - 4/295/9 - 8/58/22 - 12/9
      7 WEEKS:
      1/2 - 4/28

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2022)
      7 WEEKS US$2,200
      14 WEEKS US$4,400
      21 WEEKS US$6,600
      28 WEEKS US$8,800(1 Academic Year)
      7 WEEKS N/A See Below See Below
      14 WEEKS N/A ? ?
      21 WEEKS N/A ? ?
      28 WEEKS N/A ? ?
      Airport Pickup Service
      Free (Available Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm with 24 hours’ notice)
      Estimated Living Expenses
      $2,650 (It includes housing fee per one 7-week session)
      Health Insurance
      $225 per month
      One-time New Student Fee*
      $125 upon arriving at the ELC
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States Norfolk, Virginia
    • Location
      English Language Center
      Old Dominion University

      1108 Dragas Hall Norfolk, VA  23529-0086  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Norfolk International Airport:
      The English Language Center provides free airport pick-up service on Mondays through Fridays from 8AM until 5PM. Taxis are available for students arriving at night or on weekends. A taxi will cost approximately US $30 and will arrive on campus in 20 minutes. There is an on-campus hotel, Springfield Suites by Marriott, where students can stay temporarily. Cost is currently US $110 plus tax per night.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.3
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.1
      Activities and Social Life: 3.7
      Accommodation: 2.9


    • There are 15 reviews for this school

    • Kim, Hyungjun
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Age 24, Male ]
      5 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
      Why Should You Go Abroad?
      You might consider studying abroad as a means to improve your foreign language skills. However, I thought about it differently when I decided to go to America. I wanted to experience different cultures and conventions that only those countries have. People who have gone through different life stories are at the center. Old Dominion provided students with many activities and they were challenging for me as my English started off rather poor. ODU presently provides quite a great school environment for students. In addition, the quality of class is quite good because there are many teachers who have taught English for a long time. Therefore, I hope you consider how to improve not only your English skills, but also life skills that are helpful in the future.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 35, Female ]

      Manon Revel
      [ Chambery, France ]

      [ DENIZLI, TURKEY, Age 19, Male ]

      [ sao paulo, Brasil, Age 41, Male ]

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
    • ApplyESL claims no responsibility for errors in, or the quality of, machine translations provided by Google Translate.

      [ 吉林, 中国 ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      觉得还好, 教师素质还是很高的, 相当不错, 环境也还行。

      Fang Yu Yang
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 23, Female ]
      Teachers that teach level 2 are very hard working, and the teaching quality is very good! The ELC also helds some parties when there comes some festivals.

      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 台北市, 台灣, Age 27, Female ]

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 25, Female ]
      6 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
      다시 가고 싶은 ODU_! ^ ^
      ODU는 정확한 커리큘럼을 가지고 있는 학교라고 하고 싶네요. 짜여진 체계가 탄탄한 만큼 레벨별 학생에 대해 비교적 우수한 잣대(?)로 수업을 진행하는 것 같아요.
      음, 그리고 단점을 꼽자면.. 한국 학교랑 연계가 되어있기 때문에 주기적으로 한국 애들이 와요.. 그래서 한국 사람이 좀 많지만, 이건 미국 전 지역 어딜 가나 다 그래요.. 어학연수 가니까 가서 한국 애들이랑 놀지 말아야지.. 이런 생각으로 가시면 현지 친구 사귀는 데도 많이 힘들답니다. 전 여러 한국 친구들 덕분에 외국 친구들도 많이 사귀고 좋았어요.. 그리고 가장 좋은 점은.. 물가가 싸다는 거예요.. 미국은 주별로 텍스가 다른데요.. 버지니아는 정말 싼 편이예요. ^ ^

      어학연수 가고 싶으시다면 ODU 적극 추천해드려요 ^ ^

      [ 神奈川, 日本, Age 28, Female ]
      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      青山 円
      [ 静岡, 日本, Age 23, Female ]
      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Madrid, Spain, Age 25, Male ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      La escuela ofrece un muy buen programa intensivo de ingles y prepara a los estudiantes para obtener el TOEFL.

      La universidad cuenta con muy buenas instalaciones, un gran profesorado, pero lo mejor es el ambiente, la mezcla cultural te hace crecer mucho tanto academica como personalmente.

      [ DAEGU, KOREA ]

      [ 광주, 꼬레아, Age 29, Male ]
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