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 will begin the week of September 6th and will end the week of November 29th. Course recommendations for Fall 2021 semester have been sent out to students. To make a change to your ESL course, go to caelc.virginia.edu/esl-class-guide.
Whether you are an English speaker or an English learner, come join us!! VISAS programming will begin the week of Monday, September 20, 2021. 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