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New Students


Below are some links to help you find housing and get started. The MSE Graduate Student Board guide of the area includes shopping, useful area information, and tips for eating and day trips. Another excellent all around resource is the UVA graduate guide. UVA also has detailed building maps which help find various offices.

For more information useful throughout your graduate studies, please review the detailed departmental "How do I?" guide.

As soon as you are admitted, all international students should check in with the International Student Office and read their welcome guide. Questions about the Financial Guarantee Form as well all I-20 related questions should be directed there.

Finding Housing

Below are links that will help you get started finding housing in the area. UVA buses service most of the immediate areas and considering transit routes can be important part of locating convenient housing.

Getting Started

Safety Training

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering strongly supports all University efforts to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

Students are encouraged to educate themselves about efforts to increase personal safety and each other, as well as make use of opportunities to participate in efforts such as Not on Our Grounds, Green Dot and #HOOSGotYourBack. Additionally, all students are required to complete the University‚Äôs training on alcohol safety and on sexual misconduct. 

Prior to doing any work in a department lab space, all students are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Course at CITI. The following short instructions may be helpful completing the CITI training.

Additionally, all students need to complete annual training in Safe Chemical Handling for persons who handle chemicals, but do not work with radioactive materials.