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

**Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to questions you may have regarding CAELC and its services.

Every Wednesday, 5-6pm: VISAS Cafe meets in Nau 141. Come join us for informal discussion and international refreshments!

October 2nd: VISAS is featured in the UVA Today newspaper! Click here to read the story.

December 6th: The SPEAK Test will be administered in New Cabell Hall room 299A. Students cannot register themselves for this test. Departments will receive information soon regarding registering their prospective international teaching assistants.

January 19th, 2-5pm: The UVELPE will be administered in New Cabell Hall room 299A. Check back soon for a registration link and 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, 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.