A Division of the International Studies Office

Global Greeters at UVA

Global Greeters at UVA

Global Greeters

Who are the Global Greeters?

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 summer before their arrival and in their first weeks at UVA. Global Greeters come together to welcome international students arriving to UVA via Student Council's AirBus Service and can be identified by their name tags and light blue Global Greeters T-Shirts. 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.

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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.

Links and Resources

Meet the Global Greeters

Official 2024 ISO Global Greeters Events.docx (Make sure you're logged in to your UVA email to view the document)

Resource Guide for Undergraduate Students

Resource Guide for Graduate Students


Airbus Information

UVA Student Council's Airbus service is a coach bus service that runs between Charlottesville, VA, Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), and Richmond International Airport (RIC). Notably, the Airbus provides transportation from Dulles to UVA during the week of international student orientation, supported by Global Greeter volunteers. Incoming students who are looking for transportation from Dulles to Charlottesville are encouraged to consider Airbus! Learn more on the Student Council website.  

For any questions, please contact [email protected]

Airbus is NOT an ISO-sponsored program, and therefore ISO and Global Greeters cannot answer questions about Airbus scheduling and logistics. 

Global Greeters Contacts

Global Greeters Executive Team:


International Studies Office Staff Advisors: