The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute is opening a second English Language Program at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, Va., in March 2009.

This new location in the National Capital Region is part of the the institute’s expanded mission to offer its English training program for international students at other Virginia Tech locations throughout the commonwealth.

The primary role of the English Language Program is to prepare internationals for Virginia Tech admission. The program increases diversity in the university's student population and enables outstanding candidates to meet English language admission requirements.

In the past two years, Language and Culture Institute students have matriculated into more than 20 graduate and undergraduate degree programs at Virginia Tech. Over the same period, other students have achieved admission to more than 20 other U.S. colleges and universities.

In addition to intensive English, the Language and Culture Institute will provide several other programs in the National Capital Region. In partnership with the Virginia Tech Graduate School, the institute will provide a non-credit course in academic and professional writing for admitted graduate students and international researchers beginning fall semester, 2009. The institute has conducted this course on the Virginia Tech main campus with great success for more than 10 years. In cooperation with the Virginia Tech Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the institute will also provide foreign language training on a contract, non-degree basis to government and businesses in the Washington D.C. area.

The Language and Culture Institute office will open on March 2, 2009. Classes will begin on March 16. Additional information is available on the program’s Web page or by contacting Donald Back at (540) 231-6963.

In the National Capital Region, Virginia Tech offers more than 45 graduate degrees and certificates in 17 programs which include architecture, landscape architecture, urban affairs and planning, business administration, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, government and international affairs, natural resources, computer science, and information technology. A complete listing is available online.

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