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.
Requirements for Prospective Mentors
The 2019 application has closed.
Global Greeters recruits and trains 20 domestic 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.
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.
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.
2018 Events and Resources
Schedule of events for new graduate, undergraduate, and exchange students during orientation week
Stay updated on the Global Greeters Facebook page!
Global Greeters Contacts
Global Greeters Executive Chairs:
International Studies Office Staff Advisors: