Welcome to CAELC

English as a Second Language (ESL) services at the University are offered through the Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC). CAELC is charged both to provide leadership on issues related to ESL/intercultural communication and to help members of the University of Virginia community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States. See our visual fact sheet and our complete fact sheet (pdf).

News and Events

VISAS is gearing up for the semester! Click here to learn more and get involved.

August 20th, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm: The UVELPE will be administered in New Cabell Hall. Please register here if you are a new international graduate student whose first language is other than English and you were required to submit your TOEFL score with your application.

September 4th: CAELC ESL classes begin!

Practice English with a Language Consultant

Meet with a UVA Student Language Consultant

Would you like to practice your English with a UVa student for one hour every week? Together you can have lunch, walk around grounds, or meet for coffee. CAELC’s VISAS Program (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars) will match you with a native English speaker for conversation practice and cultural exchange. Register for a Language Consultant (LC) here.

Volunteer with the VISAS Program

Would you like to meet and help international students, staff, scholars, and families in the UVa Community? Consider joining hundreds of other UVa students and faculty through the VISAS Program (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars) and apply to work in one of five different volunteer positions. For information on the different positions, visit the Become a Volunteer page.