Applying to the Intensive English Program

Thank you for your interest in the Language and Culture Institute. On this page, you will find everything you need to know in order to apply to the LCI in Blacksburg or the National Capital Region.

Application instructions

  • Step 1: Complete an online application and pay the application fee.
  • Step 2: After you have submitted your application, you will see a link to "Upload your documents."
    You will need to submit:
    • Proof of financial support (required for overseas applications and F-1 transfers)
    • A photo or scan of the identification (photo) page of your passport
    • Financial guarantee information from your sponsor, if applicable
  • Step 3 (Transfers only): Students already at a school in the United States should supply a completed transfer form.
  • Your application will be considered once payment and all required documents have been received.

Proof of financial support

New students applying from overseas and seeking a student (F-1) visa or F-1 students transferring to the LCI from other schools must provide documents proving sufficient funds to cover tuition, living expenses, and health insurance for the period of study. This requirement may be satisfied as follows:

  • A bank or brokerage statement in your name or in the name(s) of your parents. This statement must show sufficient funds to support all expenses relating to your studies. If a parent's bank statement is used, the parent must provide a signed statement that these funds on deposit will be used to support your studies.
  • A letter from a bank certified by a bank official stating that you or your parents have a bank balance sufficient to support your studies. This letter must show a minimum amount on deposit to support all expenses relating to your studies.
  • A scholarship letter from an educational institution, or a government agency showing sufficient funding to support all expenses relating to your studies.
  • An affidavit of support from a relative or sponsor in the United States. This affidavit must show sufficient income and resources to support all expenses relating to your studies. A form I-134 Affidavit of Support is available from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • A combination the above methods is also acceptable.

Application processing time

Within three business days of submitting of your application, you should receive an email confirming that your application has been received. Your application will be reviewed when the LCI has received your application fee and all required supporting documents.

All students meeting eligibility requirements are accepted. Within two weeks of acceptance, you should receive your acceptance package — including arrival information, information on how to obtain your visa, and a Form I-20, which is used to obtain a student visa. Initial shipment of the I-20 by express mail is included in the application fee.

Accommodations for disabilities

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Discrimination or harassment on any of these bases is prohibited by Policy 1025, "Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy." Individuals with questions or concerns about Policy 1025, any of these regulations, or related issues should contact the Office of Equity and Access.

If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations, please discuss your needs at your earliest convenience with the LCI director at 1-540-231-9814.

How to ask questions

Contact the LCI admissions office.