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Welcome to the ODU English Language Center!

Important Information for ELC Students

In the ELC Student Handbook, you can find information about:

  • the ODU ELC and our programs (schedule, courses, and levels)
  • getting started at the ELC (testing, orientation, registration, tuition)
  • living in the US (housing, dining, transportation, health)
  • visas and immigration
  • ELC policies
  • ...and more!

If you have any questions about information about the ELC Student Handbook, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Student Handbook (PDF) Students at the Global Family Cookout

Important Dates for New Students

May 12

New Student Check-in - Summer I 2014

05/12/2014 8:00 AM - 05/12/2014 4:00 PM

New students may check in at the ELC during regular business hours (8am - 5pm) in Dragas Hall Room 1108. Students may begin checking in... ( More )


May 13

Placement Testing - Summer I 2014

05/13/2014 9:30 AM - 05/13/2014 1:00 PM

Summer I 2014 - New Student Placement Testing will occur at 9:30am on Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 14th. Registration required.... ( More )


May 14

Placement Testing - Summer I 2014

05/14/2014 9:30 AM - 05/14/2014 1:00 PM

Summer I 2014 - New Student Placement Testing will occur at 9:30am on Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 14th. Registration required.... ( More )


May 19

Registration and Tuition Deadline - Summer I 2014

05/19/2014 8:00 AM - 05/19/2014 4:00 PM

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May 19

New Student Orientation - Summer I 2014

05/19/2014 10:30 AM - 05/19/2014 1:00 PM

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May 20

First Day of Class - Summer I 2014

05/20/2014 8:00 AM - 05/20/2014 5:00 PM

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Student Health Insurance Policy

  • Old Dominion University requires every F-1 student to purchase the ODU AETNA Student Health Insurance Policy. This insurance is mandatory.
    • Medical costs in the U.S. are extremely high, and there are no government programs to cover expenses if an F-1 student needs to see a doctor or be hospitalized.
    • Purchasing health insurance helps protect you against the high cost of health care and ensures that medical costs will not keep you from attending classes.
  • You will need to purchase health insurance during the first week of classes.