A Division of the International Studies Office

Visiting International Students

Visiting International Students

The International Studies Office and the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs offer visiting international students opportunities to experience what makes the University of Virginia a world treasure.  

Semester-Long Study

Enroll in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences while experiencing the vibrancy of University Grounds during the regular academic year.  Students enroll in at least 12 semester credits and may take up to 15 semester credits. All semester-long visiting students enroll in a designated American Studies course (three credits), which examines U.S. culture in its regional, national, and global forms with perspectives from a variety of disciplines.  Special events and excursions complement coursework by exploring aspects of American culture. (Learn more about semester-long study.)
NOTE: Graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at another institution should contact the admissions office of the UVa school of enrollment in which they wish to enroll as a visiting graduate student.

Summer Session

Choose from hundreds of classes that are intense and intimate. Classes meet for approximately two hours a day, five days a week for four weeks. Students may take up to two three-credit classes in a four-week session. Immerse yourself in your subject of choice, and discover the value of a world class education. Nearly 4,000 students take classes during Summer Session and the University welcomes more than 400 visiting students each summer. (Learn more about Summer Session.)

January Term

Enjoy small classes and concentrated interaction with faculty and students. Classes meet up to five hours per day over a two-week period, allowing for a full immersion into a topic of interest. Students take one three-credit class in January term. Field trips, guest lecturers, and other activities enhance the January Term experience. Forty courses are offered each January in a variety of disciplines. (Learn more about January Term.)

Eligibility and How to Apply


Orientation and Student Support

Visiting international students enjoy all the rights and privileges of resident U.Va. students, including the robust array of student support services related to academic advising, course selection, English language and cultural proficiency, and the unique needs of international students.  Partner offices providing support services include:

Extra-Curricular Activities

Excursions, and activities complement class work and offer an introduction to the U.S. Weekend trips are offered in the fall, spring, and summer to Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson), Washington DC, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Recreation Centers

Fitness and recreation facilities are managed by University of Virginia Intramural-Recreational Sports. Students have full access to state-of-the-art fitness centers, exercise classes, Olympic size pools, tennis courts, and outdoor recreation spaces.


The University of Virginia Library has twelve facilities and also shares its catalog with the Darden Graduate Business, Health Sciences, and Law libraries. In addition to physical buildings and collections, the Library offers digital resources, specialized labs, and other services to help students in their academic work.

Accommodation & Dining

Housing is available for visiting students in residence halls or apartments. Meal plans, designed to be flexible and convenient, may be purchased for students choosing to dine at the University. Many excellent restaurants and specialty food stores are convenient to the University Grounds.

About Charlottesville

Charlottesville offers an exceptional combination of natural beauty, rich historical and cultural attractions, and close proximity to Shenandoah National Park and the nation’s capital. Charlottesville is a hub for the arts, entertainment, sports, shopping, commerce and health care services. It consistently earns high marks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. and is a major tourist destination. Located 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Washington D.C. and 70 miles (112 kilometers) northwest of Richmond, Virginia, the city is situation in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.



The Charlottesville airport (CHO) is served by American, Delta, and United. Train service is provided by Amtrak and bus service is provided by Greyhound. Washington, DC is 2.5 hours by car and Richmond is 1.25 hours by car. New York City is also easily accessible by bus or train.

Local Transportation

Bus service throughout the Charlottesville area is provided by Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). Students may ride Charlottesville City buses at no cost with a University of Virginia identification card. University of Virginia buses provide service throughout the University Grounds and are free for students. For students who would like to ride a bicycle, U-Bikes is a bicycle share program offered through the University. U-Bike stations are available throughout the university and in nearby retail areas.

Contact Us

Phone: +1 434-982-3010