About the ISO
“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy and I wish that we may be permitted to pursue it.”
The International Studies Office (ISO) is a University-wide resource which contributes to UVa's international mission through activities, programs and services designed to support the development of a globally aware, culturally diverse education and research environment. Through the International Students and Scholars Program, UVa Education Abroad, and the Lorna Sundberg International Center, the ISO provides expertise and infrastructure to help expand and sustain global education at the University of Virginia.
ISO staff are charged to work with the faculty, students, staff and leadership of the University to realize the vision stated in UVa’s Report of the 2020 Commission on International Activities (2000): “to make the international dimension an essential part of its identity, a frontier for the whole range of its operations that all are encouraged to explore" and to achieve the goals established by the Commission on the Future of the University (2008): “to equip students for success in the global economy and to prepare them for public life” and to help UVa become “a center for discovery, study, and service on a global scale.”
International Students and Scholars Program staff:
- provide advice and counsel to the international student and scholar community
- serve as a resource in support of international initiatives
- provide programming and services to support the adjustment and integration of international students and scholars to the U.S. and the university community
Education Abroad staff:
- guide and advise students, scholars and faculty on education abroad
- provide information about study abroad opportunities and promote cross-cultural and safety awareness
- facilitate and ensure access to study abroad to all students
- assist faculty and administrators in setting up study abroad programs
Lorna Sundberg International Center staff and volunteers:
- offer programs and services to enhance the experience of UVa's international students, scholars, faculty and families
- provide opportunities for intercultural enrichment for the University and the local community
The ISO is funded through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Global Affairs. The ISO is advised by the Faculty Advisory Committee on Education Abroad, the University Risk Management Committee for Education Abroad, and the International Students and Scholars Advisory Council. In addition to the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the professional schools of the University, the ISO regularly collaborates with the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs, University Housing and Dining Services, University Registrar, Student Financial Services, Office of Risk Management, Office of the General Counsel, Public Affairs, University Career Services, Center for International Studies, International Programs Advisory Council and student associations such as Global Student Council.
The operations of the ISO are informed by the University’s Statement of Purpose and Code of Ethics and core values of honor and ethics, faculty excellence, innovation and collaboration in the pursuit of knowledge, and leadership for the public good and education for freedom.
The ISO endorses the Statements of Ethics, Professional Competencies and Principles for Programs and Services developed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Standards for Good Practice adopted by the Forum on Education Abroad.