International Student and Scholars Program
The International Studies Office (ISO) is a University-wide
resource that supports the Universitys international mission by developing
and coordinating activities and services designed to create and enhance a globally
aware, culturally diverse education and research environment. The area of international
studies is crucial to the fulfillment of Thomas Jeffersons vision of UVa
as a symbol of superior intellectual enterprise and accomplishment for women
and men around the world.
The staff of the ISO is committed to shaping the vision described
in the Plan for the Year 2020: "The University must prepare individuals
for a world characterized by heterogeneous and increasingly interdependent societies,
(and) a complex global economy." (Plan for the Year 2020)
ISO administers the Universitys:
- International Student and Scholar Programs
- The International Center
- Study Abroad
The International Student and Scholars Program (ISSP) administers
the F, J, H-1/B, O-1, TN and PR visa programs on behalf of the University. ISSP
supports students, researchers, faculty, and official short-term visitors who
are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the U.S. by:
- Certifying eligible internationals for participation in the above
mentioned visa programs
- Advising on matters related to acquiring and maintaining legal presence
in the U.S.
- Advising on matters related to acquiring and maintaining relevant visa
- Supporting transition to American society and culture
- Offering guidance on policies and procedures
- Providing assistance for crisis intervention
ISSP collaborates with University divisions and departments
by apprising them of the complex and frequently changing federal regulations.
The ISSPs comprehensive website includes information and forms for international
students, scholars, and selected employees, for departmental use: www.virginia.edu/iso/issp.
The Lorna Sundberg International Center
Since 1972, UVas International Center (IC) has promoted
intercultural exchange through various educational and social programs. The
IC provides a comfortable and dynamic forum for learning about the worlds
cultures and exploring the rich diversity within our international community
of students, scholars, faculty, and local residents. The IC offers:
- Intercultural learning opportunities for individuals to share their expertise
and enthusiasm to explore cultural diversity.
- Educational and support services to ease the adjustment and enhance the
life experience of our international students, scholars, faculty, and their
family members, and to share the welcoming spirit of local residents through
- A special collection of resources focusing on intercultural communication
and travel, and living in other countries.
- Short-term guest accommodations for University students and scholars from
The International Studies Office offers a variety of study
abroad programs. All students are encouraged to consider studying abroad for
a summer, semester, or full academic year sometime during their undergraduate
career. International study relates to every academic department at the University
and gives students the opportunity to face a different intellectual tradition
and to see the world from a different perspective. In a study abroad program
students enjoy the opportunity to learn about their chosen academic field or
career from an international perspective, develop intercultural communication
skills, and learn how to establish successful relationships with others around
the world. Study Abroad Advisors have weekly advising walk-in hours, and students
can make appointments as well.
Types of Programs There are many study abroad options
available to University of Virginia students. These include Exchange Programs,
Affiliated Programs, Sponsored Programs, Summer Programs, and Direct Enrollment
options. Students may also attend non-UVa study abroad programs.
- Exchange Programs: There are numerous benefits to participating in an
exchange program. One major advantage is that the tuition is the same as
on-grounds and UVa-awarded financial aid may be available. Another benefit
is that faculty both from UVa and the host institution communicate about
department requirements and curricula.
- In addition, the primary application and review process occurs through
the UVa International Studies Office. Finally, students take regular University
courses along with students from the host country.
- Affiliated Program: The International Studies Office has special partnerships
with outside educational organizations such as The Denmark International
Study Program (DIS) and the International Education of Students (IES). The
International Studies Office processes applications. UVa students have priority
when they apply, do not pay the application fee, and receive a substantial
discount on program fees.
- Summer Program: UVa offers a variety of faculty-led study tours in Spain,
France, Russia, China, South Africa, Peru, Morocco, Jordan, and the United
Kingdom. Depending on the program, students receive UVa or transfer credits.
For more information: www.virginia.edu/iso/studyabroad/summer.html.
- Outside Programs and Direct Enrollment: UVa students may attend non-UVa
programs and/or directly enroll in a foreign institution. Students must
take a leave of absence from the University and have their classes pre-approved
before they go. Catalogs and evaluation forms are available in the Study
Abroad Library in 216 Minor Hall.
Transfer Students Transfer students who have previously
earned 60 or more non-UVa credits may study abroad through direct UVa programs
and earn credit that is UVanot transfercredit. The University has
seven summer and three semester programs with full UVa credit. www.virginia.edu/iso/studyabroad.