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 began the week of September 9th and will end the week of December 2nd. Course recommendations for Spring 2020 semester will be sent to students in mid December.
We will hold our next SPEAK Test administration for prospective TAs in December and our next UVELPE in January.
We are looking forward to our 20th year of intercultural conversations and international friendships! Sign up now to participate. Visit our Wordpress site for current news and updates!

We had a wonderful summer of intensive English language learning at EAP. Please check back for our application in the beginning of the spring semester.

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

"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