Resources for Non-Native English Speaking Students

Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC, services are geared toward international graduate students, but they do allow undergraduate students to join classes on a case-by-case basis. All of their group classes (ESL 901 through ESL 911) are non-credit and free. There are also individual courses (ESL 913, 914, 916) that incur a fee of $750.

CAELC also has a volunteer program, VISAS, which offers more casual language support to any student who is interested. There are two programs that may be of interest:

  • Language Consultants: international students are paired with a native-English-speaking UVa student who has volunteered to meet weekly for 1 hour for the duration of the semester for casual conversation
  • VISAS Cafe: international students and volunteers are invited to a weekly dialogue cafe (refreshments provided) on Wednesdays from 5-6pm in Nau 142; they can converse in groups with other students and volunteers

You can find out more about VISAS here:

Also, if you are in need of writing support, the Writing Center has several ESL-trained tutors to support nonnative speakers. You can make appointments at the Writing Center here: