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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. Please see our fact sheet here.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2015 Summer Program

Information and application materials for the Summer 2015 English for Academic Purposes program are now available. Applications are due May 22, 2015. Visit this link for more information.

Meet with a UVA Student Language Consultant

Would you like to practice your English with a UVa student for one hour every week? Together you can have lunch, walk around grounds, meet for coffee or explore Charlottesville. CAELC’s VISAS Program, (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars), will match you with a native English speaker for conversation practice and cultural exchange. REGISTER FOR A LANGUAGE CONSULTANT HERE.

Volunteer with THE VISAS Program

Would you like to meet & help international students, staff, scholars, and families in the UVa Community? Consider joining hundreds of other UVA students and faculty through the VISAS Program (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars) and apply to work in one of five different volunteer positions. For information on the different positions, visit the link here. Visit the link here to apply.

For a video description of our VISAS program, check out this clip created by our VISAS Interns

For more detailed information and resources, please visit our new VISAS Wordpress Site

News, Events, and Vision:

News & Events

  • UVELPE Test:
    The UVELPE is required for all new, international graduate students who speak English as a Second Language. Faculty, researchers, staff, and scholars who wish to access ESL services at UVA should also take the exam. The next administration of the UVELPE will take place Sunday, August 23rd in New Cabell Hall ASCIT Lab, room 298. Please check back in July for exact times and instructions. To be able to take the exam, all candidates must have their U.Va computing ID and password. Please contact for more information.

  • SPEAK Test:
    The next administration of the SPEAK Test will take place on at 9:30 on Wednesday, April 29New Cabell Hall ASCIT Lab, room 298. ALL EXAMINEES MUST COME 15 MINUTES EARLY TO REGISTER. Candidates for the test will be contacted in November to sign up for a test session. Please contact for more information.


Creation of the Center resulted from recommendations made by the Virginia 2020 Commission on International Activities and the Committee on the Future of ESL at the University of Virginia. CAELC is funded through the Office of the Vice President and Provost and is housed in the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs in Dell 1 and Dell 2. CAELC is advised by a faculty council comprised of representatives from across the University. The Director of CAELC reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs

CAELC partners include the Department of Anthropology, the Department of English, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, the Curry School of Education, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Law, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, the Teaching Resource Center, the Speech-Language-Hearing Center, the International Studies Office, the International Center, the Summer Language Institute, and the U.Va. Medical Center.

The Center for American English Language and Culture endorses the NAFSA Principles of International Educational Exchange and the TESOL Standards for Post Secondary Programs.