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. Click here to see our fact sheet.


News & Updates

CAELC Classes began the week of February 8th and will end the week of April 30-May 6th. Course recommendations for Fall 2021 semester were sent to students (tentatively) the week of May 17th. To make a change to your ESL course, go to caelc.virginia.edu/esl-class-guide.
VISAS programming began the week of Monday, February 25, online. To register for free English practice with volunteers or to volunteer with our international students, staff, and scholars, explore our website or visit our Wordpress site!

"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