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

Our regular semester CAELC courses will begin the week of September 4.  Be on the lookout for an e-mail with your course recommendations. If you receive none, you do not have any current recommendations. We have both oral and writing courses. Please contact caelc@virginia.edu with any questions or if you are interested in taking a class! 
Are you interested in working with international students? Become a VISAS Volunteer! Are you an international student looking for community and a way to practice your English? Sign up for a Language Consultant! 

Join VISAS Cafe in Fall 2023! Enjoy great food and conversation every Wednesday beginning in September. Every week is centered around a theme or topic.

"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