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 & Updates

CAELC Classes will begin the week of August 31st and ended the week of November 23rd. They will be held online. Course recommendations for Fall 2020 semester will be sent to students by August 25, 2020 end of day.
All VISAS programming will begin the week of Monday, September 14, and will be held online. To find out more information, visit our Wordpress site!
Both SPEAK and UVELPE Tests were offered online on August 14, 2020. If you missed this test, please contact caelc@virginia.edu as soon as possible. The next testing administration will be offered at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

Our Summer English for Academic Purposes Program ended on August 7th. Our Summer 2021 program dates will be announced in spring.

Interested in the TESOL Certificate? Contact us at CAELC at caelc@virginia.edu!

"The classes and teachers are very fun and helpful. They really care about the student and want to help the students adjust quickly to the culture and environment here in Charlottesville. I am very thankful! And what's more, I have also made quite a lot of friends here! Thanks EAP program!"

- EAP Student