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UVA International Center
A Division of the International Studies Office

English Language Programs

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

Free Groups

The International Center administers a book group and an English conversation group during the fall and spring semester and an English conversation group during the summer when the University is under normal operations. No fee or registration is required for them. For questions about the groups, please email

Please check back for Fall 2020 dates, times, and mode of meeting.

Book Discussion Group

Participants read and discuss a selected book for the semester.  This is an informal opportunity to improve English reading skills and your understanding of the English language.  The group is led by volunteers.  

Conversation Group

Participants gather informally for conversation.  The group leaders create discussion topics and activities to help participants practice speaking English.  This is also an opportunity to make friends and learn about U.S. culture and exchange information with others about your own culture. 


CAELC Courses for a Fee

For questions about the CAELC courses, please email as the courses below are administered by the Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) at UVA.
Fall 2020: Classes will not be offered in Fall 2020. Please check back for more offerings in Spring 2021.
Multiskills English | Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 – 11am 

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 $302.

Advanced Oral Communication Class | Thursdays, 9 – 11am 

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 $252.

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

For application instructions for new and returning students, please visit