UVA International Center, U.Va.

UVA International Center

A Division of the International Studies Office

English Language Programs

The following programs are held at the International Center and are open to English learners at UVA and in the local community.

Free Groups

No fee or registration required for the following groups.

Book Discussion Group | Tuesdays, 10:30am – 12pm
Fall 2017: September 5 – December 5 (not meeting on October 3 and November 21)
Spring 2018: January 30 – May 1 (not meeting on March 6)
Participants read and discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles. This is an informal opportunity to improve English reading skills and your understanding of the English language.
English Conversation Group | Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2pm 
Fall 2017: September 5 – December 5 (not meeting on October 3)
Spring 2018: January 30 – May 1 (not meeting on March 6) 
Participants gather informally for conversation. The group leader(s) creates discussion topics and activities to help participants practice speaking English. This is an opportunity to make friends, improve English skills, and share cultures. 

Classes for a Fee

Multiskills English Class | Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 – 11am or 11:30am – 1:30pm*
Fall 2017: September 18  November 27 (not meeting on November 22)
Spring 2018: February 5  April 18 (not meeting on March 5 & 7)

Application and fee are required. This class focuses on the areas of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to reinforce listening, speaking, and reading for the intermediate to advanced student. Non-credit course fee for 40 hours of instruction is $283.

Advanced Oral Communication Class | Thursdays, 9 – 11am 
Fall 2017: September 21  November 30 (not meeting on November 23)
Spring 2018: February 8  April 19 (not meeting on March 8)

Application and fee are required. This class is designed to help students speak fluently and accurately. Students will learn idioms and review parts of speech through interactive tasks such as role-play, debate, and discussion. There is weekly written homework. Non-credit course fee for 20 hours of instruction is $236.

The University reserves the right to make changes to future course fees.

*The sections may be combined if there is low enrollment.

Application Instructions

New students must follow the application steps below in order. Former students, please email our office for application details. We are still accepting new students on a rolling basis until the class is full or September 27th. 

Step 1: Complete the online interest form

Step 2: Phone screening meeting with the instructor, Claudine O’Brien 

The instructor will determine if your English level is appropriate for one or both classes. If your level is too low or too high, you will not be able to take the class. You do not need to do anything to prepare for it.

Step 3: If accepted, our office will email you the online class application form to complete. Once we receive your application, you will be billed by UVA.

Step 4: Pay for the class online or at the UVA Cashier’s Office. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to pay.


For questions, please email the International Center at intlctr@virginia.edu.