International Students & Scholars Program, U.Va.

International Students & Scholars Program

A Division of the International Studies Office


Global Greeters at UVa



Each fall, over 700 international undergraduate and graduate students arrive at the University of Virginia.

Not only do these students face the challenges of entering a new university, they also face the challenges of dealing with a new culture that is often extremely different from their own.

Through the Global Greeters program, UVA students assist and welcome incoming international students during the week of orientation in August, and to a lesser degree, throughout their first semester here on Grounds.  During the week before classes, the Global Greeters help out with UVA Express, shopping excursions, “meet-up” dinners, serve on informational panels, and generally provide support.  Many of the activities that Global Greeters provide are organized by themselves and are meant to provide support, and fun. 

Global Greeters recruits and trains 20 American, and international UVA students to join.  Calls for applications will be at the beginning of the Spring term, with interviews completed and selected candidates meeting monthly from February – May.  


Requirements for Prospective Mentors

Be a full-time student at U.Va., complete the application and interview process, attend training sessions.

Take an active part in the planning and organization of the program and attend Global Greeters meetings and activities.

Global Greeters are NOT responsible for and should NOT feel obligated to:

  • Offer housing to students, either during the academic year or during vacations.
  • Provide transportation to and from the airport or within the city.
  • Spend any money on, or loan any money to the student for food, clothes, entertainment, etc.
  • Give advice on or intervene in academic, legal, or employment matters.

Global Greeters Contacts:
Executive Board Members:


Mariana Forero,

Ziqi (Jackie) Wang,


International Studies Office Staff Advisors:

Erica Goldfarb,

Adrienne Kim Bird,

Linda Callihan,