Summer EAP Description

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an intensive language and culture course, designed for non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Virginia. Prospective UVA research associates/visiting scholars are also eligible for the program. Additionally, the EAP program is only willing to consider applicants who are affiliated with UVA. Participants fine-tune the language skills required for success in U.S. higher education through exercises in academic writing, academic reading and vocabulary development, listening comprehension and note-taking, classroom discussion strategies, and presentation skills. Throughout the EAP program, participants work with content from their intended field of study or research. A pronunciation assessment is conducted with follow-up work assigned as needed. The English for Academic Purposes Program, ESL 915, is one of nine intensive language programs in the Summer Language Institute, which is organized by the University of Virginia's Office of the Summer and Special Academic Programs.

To find out how to apply, please visit our application page.

View our sample guide below to see some examples of what students can expect in our program! Please note that this guide is for informational purposes only. Students in the EAP program should rely on correspondence from CAELC faculty and administrators for official curriculum and activities. 

EAP Program Guide by CAELC


Comments from Participants in past English for Academic Purposes Programs

"EAP focuses on each student's interests and major."

"The teachers knew our names before classes began."

"Everything that the office has done has made U.Va. life easier."

"Each class was excellent, well-prepared, and organized."

"The program was good because I had to spend almost all day speaking English."

"I hope that this program will continue to develop and many students will participate in this program next year."

"The workshops were quite useful because they helped us international students to learn about and adapt to the UVA environment as quickly as possible."

"The trips were amazing! We got to see the natural scenery and we learned about the local history. Unforgettable. The trips made me very happy."

"All the teachers of the EAP program are extremely kind, professional, and helpful. Besides the language improvement, they also helped us to gain a lot of useful information about the university, Charlottesville, Virginia and US, including where to eat, to go shopping, to have fun. It's definitely a program worth taking."

"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!"