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.
Events and Resources
International Student Life Panel
Learn about student life at UVA and in Charlottesville through the international student lens. View recordings of the panels
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
We are no longer recruiting new greeters for this year.
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:
- Felipe Buitrago, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grace Leffler, email@example.com
- Grace Medrano, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Studies Office Staff Advisors: