Next Steps: Guide for New UVa International 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 130 countries.  We look forward to meeting you.


Before You Arrive:




Now that you have been admitted:


Required Health Insurance : Purchase mandatory health insurance coverage



Plan Your Travel to UVa:


Travel from Dulles airport to UVa: If you are arriving at Dulles International Airport, sign up for the UVAExpress. [Fall semester only]

Train Information: Charlottesville may be reached by the U.S. train Amtrak though it requires first travelling to DC's Union Station.

Other Transportation Options:


Housing & Dining:

Find Housing:

Dining Plans: Sign up for a dining plan


Now That You're Here:


Graduate Student Guide (Many links for all students): Guide to Life at UVa and Charlottesville

Obtain a Driver's License or Virginia ID: Complete information from the DMV

Purchase a Cell Phone: Cellphones

Open a bank account: Financial Matters

Familiarize Yourself With Adjustment Issues Cultural Adjustment


Parents' Handbook: Resource for Your Parents


Activate Your Computing Account: Process for New Students



Academic Resources


Teaching Resource Center


Center for Undergraduate Excellence


Center for American English Language and Culture (English Language Support Services)


Writing Center


UVa Libraries


Honor Committee

Plagiarism Supplement

Translated Pages


Tutoring Services


Cultural Orientation, Reflection and Engagement Workshops (CORE)



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Get Involved!


Visit the International Center: International Center Web Site.

Join a U.Va. club or organization: (the following are a few of the many, many organizations)



Take a Virtual Tour

UVa Grounds Tour

Video Tour of the Law School

Darden School Video Tour