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.

The UVELPE (University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam), was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018  All international graduate students whose first language is one other than English and who were required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores are required to take this 2.5 hour test of English proficiency. This test enables us to offer appropriate English language services to our students.  The next UVELPE test date will be Friday, January 18th from 2:30-5:00 in New Cabell Hall, room 299.  

The Next SPEAK Administration will be on December 17th.  The SPEAK Test will be administered in New Cabell Hall room 299. Students will be registered for this test by their departments. Please check back for details.

CAELC Classes begin the week of Sept 10th.  You will receive a course letter if you are recommended for a class. 

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.