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ESL Programs

Located nearby our nation’s capital, Virginia International University offers the perfect destination to develop your language skills. Our top-quality English as a Second Language (ESL) programs offer courses for students of every background and experience. VIU provides the best foundation for learning English, with our exciting course offerings, dynamic and energetic instructors, and plenty of extra-curricular learning opportunities. Students completing our ESL programs can easily apply for a degree program upon completion of their studies. 
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Intensive ESL

Our seven week ESL program is designed to rapidly increase your English skill level. The program includes seven levels ranging from low beginner to advanced levels with a focus on English for academic purposes. Classes begin every seven weeks and are available both on-campus and online. The intensive program is well suited to full-time ESL students who have been admitted to the university and hold F-1 visas. Our program also welcomes students holding other visa types who have permission to enroll in a program of study in the U.S.
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Non-Intensive ESL

Looking for a class that fits around your schedule? Our non-intensive courses are designed to meet the needs of part-time students who may work during the day. The university does not issue visas for part-time study; therefore, students in the non-intensive program must already be in the US and have visas, permanent residency, or US citizenship.

  • Evening and Saturday Classes
    VIU offers a variety of evening classes to fit your needs. Evening classes are offered Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and we offer a Saturday morning class from 9-11:30 am. These six-week or twelve-week courses are ideal for students who want to study part-time in an evening or Saturday program. Evening course offerings include Business English, Grammar and Conversation, ESL for Better English, American Culture through Movies, TV, Music, and Books. VIU also offers a Grammar and Conversation course on Saturday mornings. Our courses are very popular among working adults and au pairs.
  • Saturday Museum Classes for Au Pairs
    Au pairs interested in a fun and interactive alternative can join our Saturday museum classes with VIU. Museum classes are offered every Saturday year round, with the exception of major holidays. We also offer special week-end classes for au pairs include English through U.S. Travel and Grammar Tune-Up! We issue continuing education units for our au pairs students.
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