What is CAELC?

Center for American English Language & Culture (CAELC) oversees the VISAS program and works closely with our international participants.

The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) provides an array of services to help members of the
University of Virginia community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency required for success at a research
university in the United States. These services include language assessment, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes of
which CAELC completes its own testing, placement, scheduling, registration, and numerous tutoring and volunteer

In addition to VISAS, CAELC provides the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) intensive program over the summer, various ESL courses, the TESOL certification, and a myriad of resources for those interested in learning or teaching English. See the CAELC website for details on all these programs and more.

CAELC administers the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam at the beginning of each semester. The exam is used to determine the adequacy of English language skills for various academic purposes. Learn more about the UVELPE exam and the UVELPE Oral exam by clicking the icons below.