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A Division of the International Studies Office

Opportunities to Support International Students

Below are some opportunities for getting involved with the international students and scholars' community at UVA through ISO and other departments at UVA. 

    Global Greeters at UVA 

    • A student group that works with ISO to assist and welcome incoming students during the week of orientation in August.
    • UVA students can apply to be a Global Greeter at the beginning of the spring semester.

    International Buddy Program 

    • UVA students sign up to be paired as a “buddy” for an exchange student. The exchange students and UVA students are then matched – and are encouraged to meet to answer questions, hang out, and enjoy UVA and IBP events!
    • UVA students can apply before each semester.

    CAELC’s VISAS Program 

    • Volunteer with VISAS to help prospective international TAs improve their language, intercultural communication and teaching skills and other international scholars and members of the UVA community with their language needs.
    • UVA students can apply at the beginning of the fall semester.

    International Student Mentor Program from Student Council

    • A year-based mentoring program designed to match upperclassmen with underclassmen to help them transition into UVA
    • Any UVA student can apply to be a mentor

    Lorna Sundberg International Center 

    • Work at the IC - Every spring, the IC recruits new student staff to help organize and implement a variety of programs that showcase different cultures at UVA. 
    • Volunteer at the IC – Any members of the UVA and Charlottesville community can lead one-time programs (cooking class, cultural presentation, music/dance performance, arts & crafts, etc.)