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What will I learn?

Jump-start your journey toward a master’s degree at Virginia Tech!

Virginia Tech’s AdvantageVT (AVT) programs for undergraduate and graduate international students combine intensive academic skills training and language training with credit-bearing coursework.

Program description

In order to help AdvantageVT-Master's participants become independent researchers and leaders in their fields, we have developed a curriculum that prepares them for the academic rigors of top-ranked American university graduate programs while also helping them improve their English language skills. AdvantageVT-Master's also provides the skills students will need to succeed at a top-tier American research university.

All AdvantageVT-Master’s students are required to take advanced English for Academic Purposes classes, as well as participate in University Success Seminars (only in Levels 3 and 2). All AdvantageVT-Master’s students are required to take their English for Academic Purposes courses on the main Blacksburg Campus.


The AdvantageVT-Master’s program prepares promising international students to succeed as full-time master’s degree students at Virginia Tech. This is accomplished by helping them advance their English language and academic skills, fostering their successful integration into the Virginia Tech and local communities, and developing their intercultural competence to become exceptional citizens in the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


  • Provide a rigorous, intensive preparatory program that supports participants as they progress from advanced English training at the Language and Culture Institute through master’s-level discipline-specific engineering, business, and science courses.
  • Assist participants in becoming self-sufficient university students who are both familiar with and able to use available academic support resources
  • Support participants throughout the AdvantageVT-Master’s experience by providing workshops and seminars in academic and soft skills, including leadership and intercultural competence.
  • Introduce participants to U.S. culture, particularly university culture, and provide the skills they will need to succeed in both their academic and social lives.
  • Facilitate academic and social activities that integrate participants into university life.

Which department am I in?

Language and Culture Institute

Study options

Full Time (1 semester)

Tuition fees
US$35,000.00 per year
USD $17,500 per semester; International Student Fee: USD $275 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June, November 2022

Start date

23 May 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or above is required for consideration for admission into most majors. Some programs require higher GPAs.

For international students

Admission requirements for AdvantageVT-Master’s are identical to those participating departments generally require except for English language.

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. In most cases, a closely related undergraduate degree is necessary.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or above is required for consideration for admission into most majors. Some programs require higher GPAs.

English Language Requirements:

Level 1 (One Semester):

  • TOEFL iBT: 80 (16+ minimum subscores)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (No subsection less than 6.0)
  • Digital TOEFL ITP: 550

Level 2 (Two Semesters):

  • TOEFL iBT: 74
  • IELTS: 6.0 (No subsection less than 6.0)
  • Digital TOEFL ITP: 537

Level 3 (Three Semesters):

  • TOEFL iBT: 65
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Digital TOEFL ITP: 513

Application deadline: For AdvantageVT-Master's Graduate Application: Fall - June 25; Spring - Nov. 25 and Summer - March 25 and for AdvantageVT-Master's Program Application: Fall - July 10; Spring - Dec. 10 and Summer - April 10.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Tech

The AdvantageVT program offers the ideal gateway for students who want to combine English language studies with course credits.

  • Ranked in the top 5% universities globally
  • Excellent pathway programs for international students
  • Over 110 undergraduate and 170 postgraduate programs
  • Education driven by innovative technology and research

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