Welcome to UVa !
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.
Now that you have been admitted:
Visa Documents : Do you need a visa document from U.Va.?
Visa Application : F-1 or J-1 Visa Application Process
Preparing for Your Arrival: Entering the U.S. or Transferring Status
Required Check-In Meetings : You will need to attend a mandatory Registration Session with the International Studies Office. Get more information
Pre-entrance Health Record : Student Health has forms you'll need to complete
Required Health Insurance : Purchase mandatory health insurance coverage
Prepare to begin your academic career:
World Wide Wahoos : Contact a student ambassador from your home country
MIX Mentoring Program: Let the MIX (Mentoring & International eXchange) program match you with a student mentor.
- The University offers a variety of "on Grounds" (on campus) housing options
- Transfers and graduate students can also explore off-Grounds housing
- Guide to Off-Grounds Housing - Things You Should Know
Dining Plans: Sign up for a dining plan
Plan for Your Arrival to U.Va.:
Travel from the airport to U.Va.: 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
Other Transportation Options:
- Go Green Charlottesville
- Van on the Go
- A Goff Transportation Company
- Transportation from Charlottesville Airport
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: Complete information about obtaining a driver's license
Purchase a Cell Phone: Cellphones
Open a bank account: Financial Matters
Attend the New Fall American Culture 101 Series: American Culture 101
Familiarize Yourself With Adjustment Issues: Cultural Adjustment
Parents' Handbook: Resource for Your Parents
American Culture 101
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)
- UVa Student Organizations & Events
- Asian/Asian Pacific American Student Organizations
- School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Organizations
- Global Student Council
- Hispanic/Latino, Native American & Muslim Student Organizations
- East Asia Student Organizations
- University Programs Council
- Third Culture Kids at UVA
Watch a Youtube video: An Interview with U.Va.
Take a Virtual Tour: