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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 2018: September 4 – December 4
Spring 2019: January 15 – April 30 (not meeting on March 12 for spring break)
Participants read and discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacio in fall 2018. 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 2018: September 4 – December 4
Spring 2019: January 15 – April 30 (not meeting on March 12 for spring break)
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

New students must follow the application steps below in order. Former students, please email our office for application details.
Multiskills English Class | Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 – 11am or 11:30am – 1:30pm*
Fall 2018: September 10 - November 19 (no class on 9/19) 
Spring 2019: January 28- April 10 (no class on 3/11 and 3/13)

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 $293.

Advanced Oral Communication Class | Thursdays, 9 – 11am 
Fall 2018: September 13 - November 15
Spring 2019: January 31 - April 11 (no class on 3/14)

Application and fee are required. This class is designed to help students speak fluently and accurately. Students will work on improving pronunciation, learn idioms, review parts of speech, and give oral presentations. There is weekly written homework. Non-credit course fee for 20 hours of instruction is $244.

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

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

Application Instructions

Step 1: Complete the online interest form by August 27, 2018. 

Step 2: Attend a group screening meeting with the instructor, Claudine O’Brien, on August 30, 2018, 9am-12pm at the International Center. 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. 

Step 3: If accepted, our office will email you the online class application form to complete by September 7, 2018 . 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.


After the application deadline, we will start admitting students from the waiting list if there is room.

Click here to view general registration, billing, payment, refund, withdrawal, and course completion policies. 


For questions, please email the International Center at