Welcome to CAELC!

English as a Second Language (ESL) services at the University of Virginia are offered through the Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC). CAELC serves to provide leadership on issues related to ESL/intercultural communication and to help members of the UVA 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

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! 
Our Spring 2024 semester CAELC courses began the week of January 29. Please contact caelc@virginia.edu with any questions or if you are interested in taking a class in the future! 

We are attaching the below message sent to the University of Virginia community from Jim Ryan addressing the horrific events unfolding due to the terrorist attacks launched by Hamas .

"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