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 fact sheet.

News and Events

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program begins July 10th.  We look forward to seeing all accepted applicants on July 10th in Minor Hall, room 125 at 9 am.  

The next administration of the UVELPE will be Sunday, August 21st. in the New Cabell, ASCIT Lab.  We will be pre-registering and sending out more information concerning the tests during that time.  Please check back in August for more testing information to be posted.

The next administration of the SPEAK Test will take place in New Cabell, ASCIT Lab in August. You must pre-register through your department .  Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information.

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, meet for coffee or explore Charlottesville. 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 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. Visit the link here to apply.