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A Division of the International Studies Office

Global Greeters at UVA

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Meet each greeter: The 2022 Global Greeters

Events schedule: COMING SOON

Previous Events Hosted by Global Greeters:

Picnic on the lawn - Looking for some friends to eat lunch with? Bring a packed lunch and join Global Greeters on the lawn for a casual picnic! We’re so excited to meet you!

Shopping Trips - Need dorm essentials from Barracks Shopping Center? Need help figuring out bus routes? Our Global Greeters are here to help! 

Insider's Tour - Curious about where the yummiest place to grab a meal between classes is? Want to know where you can find free printing? Our Global Greeters have the inside scoop. 

Quarantine Game Night - Calling all Hoos in quarantine! It sucks being stuck inside, but we’re bringing the fun to you tonight! Catch us on Zoom for some fun games with our Greeters and other new students. 

Farmer’s Market and Downtown Mall Trip - We’ve figured out the best way to destress after a long first week of classes: hit the Farmer’s Market!

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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 work with the International Studies Office to assist and welcome incoming international undergraduate and graduate 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, a group of roughly 20 Global Greeters host UVA Express, ISO Open House, meetup dinners, community BBQ, Insider’s Tour, and serve on informational panels. Global Greeters can be identified with their light blue Global Greeters T-Shirt and name tags throughout the week. Many of the activities Global Greeters offer are organized by themselves and are meant to provide support and be a resource to new students. Global Greeters events are intended for incoming international students and exchange students, but all are welcome. 

2021 Virtual Events

Academic Success Panel 

Monday, July 19, 9 - 10:15 AM Eastern Time
Want to hear about the various resources that can help you succeed academically at UVA? Join the Academic Success Panel to hear from the Writing Center, the Honor Committee, and the UVA Library. They will be sharing tips and resources that can assist you throughout your journey at the University. 

International Student Life Panel

Undergraduate panel: Monday, July 26, 9 - 10 AM Eastern Time
Graduate panel: Monday, July 26,  9 - 10 PM Eastern Time
Join the International Student Life Panel for undergraduate and graduate students. The Global Greeters will be sharing advice on how to transition into UVA, discussing culture shock, sharing study tips, and answering questions from students about student life at UVA!


Global Greeters' Guide to Student Life (Summer 2020)

Learn about essential student resources at UVA, tips for remote and on-Grounds students, list of favorite classes and traditions, packing tips, and more!


Join Global Greeters

Recruitment for new greeters will take place early spring 2023.


Be a full-time student at UVA, complete an 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.

Have questions? Find answers here!

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

Global Greeters Executive Team:

International Studies Office Staff Advisors: