Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact the LCI@RU.

1. How do I apply to the Language and Culture Institute at Radford University?

Effective May 2017, the Language and Culture Institute at Radford University will close. At this time, we are no longer accepting applications.

Students may still enroll in the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute in Blacksburg or Fairfax. Both offer the same high-quality Intensive English Program as the LCI@RU.

2. How much does it cost to attend the LCI@RU?
Check out the current rate sheet to find the most up-to-date information for tuition and fees, room and board, meal plans, and off-campus housing.

3. How long are the terms?
The Intensive English Program course calendar closely follows the Radford University semester calendar, with two terms taking place each semester. Sessions are generally eight weeks in length during the academic year from September through May. The two summer sessions from June through August are each six weeks long.

4. Where is Radford University located?
Radford University is nestled in southwestern Virginia's New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area provides abundant recreation, including kayaking, fishing and tubing on the New River; hiking or bicycling on one of the region's dozens of trails; or simply taking in nature nearly anywhere in the area. Find out more here.

5. Does the LCI@RU offer conditional admission to Radford University?
Yes! Prospective undergraduate and graduate international students who meet regular admission requirements except English language may apply for conditional admission through the LCI@RU. Find out more here.

6. How long must I study English before I can enter the university?
The length of time that students stay in the LCI@RU depends on several factors, including the level of proficiency at which they begin the program, how much English they speak outside of class, and how motivated they are to improve their skills.

7. Where will I live while I’m at the LCI@RU?
Most LCI@RU students live in local apartments or with American host families. You can find more information under the Housing section in the Pre-Arrival Information handout (PDF).

8. How do I know which level I will be in?
You will be placed in the appropriate level after you have taken the placement tests the week before classes begin. The tests include listening comprehension, writing skills, grammar skills, reading comprehension, and oral communication skills.

9. How much time should I allow for the I-20 to arrive?
Once we have received all of the necessary items (completed application, application fee, proof of financial support, a copy of your passport, and any other required documentation), we will admit you to the LCI@RU and issue your I-20 and admission letter. The process usually takes a week to 10 days. Processing times vary for students seeking conditional admission to Radford University.

10. When do I need to arrive in Radford?
Plan to arrive in Radford before classes begin, but no more than 30 days early. This will give you time to become familiar with the area, open a bank account, find housing, and recover from traveling before beginning your academic work.