ESL Class Guide

Each semester, international graduate students at UVA with CAELC recommendations are placed in available ESL class sections. It is important to note that all students need to request any changes to their ESL class, and those changes might involve receiving permission from their department. We encourage you to read the information below if you were placed in an ESL class! If you do not take any action, we will enroll you in the classes and they will appear on your transcript.

Note: If you are a prospective international teaching assistant for your graduate department, we recommend that you prioritize your oral ESL course (ESL 905 and above) to fulfill your eligibility requirement for teaching.

Transfer to Another Section

Depending on availability, you may be able to transfer to another ESL class section offered at a different day/time. Transferring to another ESL class section does not require department approval. To request a transfer, click on the link below. If none of the available class offerings fit into your schedule, please reference the Defer (Postpone) a class section below.

How Do I Transfer To Another Section?

Choose your ESL Class

Students often receive more than one course recommendation from CAELC. You are welcome to take more than one course if you want, but we only expect you to take one course each semester. To choose the course you would like to take, you need to defer the course you do not wish to take to next semester. If you do not take any action, we will assume you want to take both courses and will enroll you in both courses in SIS. The grades for the classes will appear on your transcript. To find out what you need to do next in order to choose your ESL class, click on the link below.

How Do I Choose My ESL Class?

Defer a Class

Students are expected to attend their ESL classes unless the recommendation is deferred or waived (see below). This might require approval from your department, so plan accordingly! Once our enrollment period is over, all students on our rosters will be enrolled into SIS and ESL grades will appear on student transcripts. To find out what you need to do in order to defer your class recommendation(s), please click on the link below.

How Do I Defer an ESL Class?

 

Waive a Class

In some cases, students are able to waive (cancel) their CAELC ESL class recommendation. However, this depends on your school and what policies they have in place. To find out what you need to do in order to waive your class recommendation(s), please click on the link below.

How Do I Waive an ESL Class?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If your deferral or waiver request requires approval from your department, we are not able to remove you from your ESL class until your department contacts us. We recommend promptly starting your request in order to make sure that your class is successfully deferred or waived by the deadline.

 


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