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A Division of the International Studies Office

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Virginia! We welcome you to the international student body of more than 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students from over 100 countries. We look forward to meeting you.

If you are an exchange student, please visit the exchange student page

Here is what you need to do next.


1. Visa Document and Application

Additional information about acquiring F-1 or J-1 Status:


2. Check-in with ISO and UVA

You will need coverage beginning your first day in the U.S.  The University-approved Aetna plan does not begin until August 15.  For short-term coverage plans the following resource can be consulted: NAFSA Insurance Search.


3. ISO Orientation

Attend an Orientation Session with the ISO.

Students Enrolling Spring 2020

Student Group




All Students

Friday, January 10

10 am - 12 pm

130 Minor

Please check with your department and/or Orientation & New Student Programs for additional orientation events.

Failure to submit your documents to ISO will result in a block on your university registration and may potentially result in a loss of your legal status in the U.S.


Take: New International Student Survey

Let us know how we can support you while you are at UVA.


The Global Greeters are UVA students who work with ISO to 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.  Check out their events during orientation and connect with them on Facebook.


Register for: UVA Express

UVA Express is a program designed to help transition new first-year, transfer undergraduate students, and undergraduate exchange students living outside of the United States into life at the University of Virginia. It is a free, one-way bus transportation and hospitality program from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC to the University of Virginia (2020 date will be announced in late spring). If you are unable to arrive in the U.S. on this day, there are other ways to reach Charlottesville, VA.