A TV news reporter from Saudi Arabia first flounders when learning English and then becomes fluent. The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute has offices and classrooms just 15 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C., drawing international students from China, Turkey, Peru, and several other countries.

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Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.