About the Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program is designed to assist students in acquiring the language skills necessary for successful study at an American university.

Students enroll in two required core classes and an optional elective each term and are engaged in these classes 20 to 24 hours per week. Classes are divided into 10 levels according to language proficiency. Core classes are 20 hours per week and include instruction and practice in reading and writing, listening and speaking, grammar, and pronunciation. Our highest levels make up a concentrated preparation program to help students transition to university classes.

Four hours per week are devoted to special-interest electives that may be taken optionally and at extra cost. The elective offerings vary by session, but typically include American Idioms, Orientation to American Culture, Skills for University Success, Advanced Academic Listening, American Media and Business English.

Intensive English features:

  • Full-time, intensive instruction in all language skill areas
  • Ten levels of instruction from low-beginning to advanced
  • Concentrated preparation for university studies
  • Concurrent graduate-level university enrollment for qualified students
  • Up to 18 months of study, depending on placement

Our mission

The mission of the Intensive English Program is to help adult international students meet their personal, academic, and professional goals through intensive English language study. Through its work, the LCI@RU increases diversity in the university's student population by enabling outstanding international candidates to meet English language admission requirements. The Intensive English course series prepares international students for admission to Radford University and other U.S. institutions through rigorous, progressive English language training.

The LCI@RU is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. Form I-20 A/B, the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status, is issued to all students originating from outside the United States. This form is used to obtain a student visa.