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Quick Highlights:

Academic Year 2013-14

Undergraduates abroad: 1617
Graduate students abroad: 645
Top 15 Majors Abroad
  • Arts & Sciences Undeclared
  • Commerce (BSC)
  • Foreign Affairs (BA)
  • Spanish (BA)
  • English (BA)
  • Economics (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Biology (BA)/Biology (BS)
  • History (BA)
  • Architecture (BS)
  • Systems Engineering (BS)
  • Global Development (BA)
  • Government (BA)
  • Media Studies (BA)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BS)

Exchanges: 114 students went on exchange programs to 18 different countries

U.Va. programs: 38 programs in 28 countries

Class of 2015 data

Other Useful International Links:

U.Va. International Studies Office

U.Va. Global Map:Students Abroad

About Education Abroad

Explore. Experience. Engage. Excel.

Education Abroad plays an important role in advancing the University of Virginia’s pedagogic mission, enriching students both academically and personally, and is crucial in preparing students for the challenges of the global world. This unique learning experience combines intellectual pursuits with firsthand exposure to different peoples and their cultural traditions. It provides students with an opportunity to gain an international perspective on their chosen academic field or career path and to learn and practice important life skills — critical thinking, independence, flexibility, adaptability, resilience, and the ability to interact and communicate across differences. The University expects that upon studying abroad students will apply their knowledge to create a global frame of reference in their response to situations and events, actively seek out opportunities for engagement and demonstrate understanding of themselves and their ability to cope and adapt.  Education Abroad is one of U.Va.’s many proud traditions!

Many Faces of Education Abroad

Education Abroad offers students variety and choice as they experience citizenship and scholarship in a world community.

U.Va. sponsors over 50 study abroad programs, both during regular semesters and during the summer and January Term, and supplements its own offerings with U.Va.-approved programs sponsored by other colleges, universities and organizations. From Australia to Tibet to Morocco, from intensive language studies to marine biology to engineering and architecture, from direct enrollment at exchange partner institutions to specially designed travel courses with U.Va. faculty to internships and field study programs, U.Va. is committed to making education abroad accessible and affordable to all its students.

While the prospect of choosing from amongst numerous programs may seem daunting, a team of professional Education Abroad Advisors is available to help students identify program options that best suit their individual learning needs and goals. Students are encouraged to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor as early as their first year.

U.Va. students – U.Va. Ambassadors Abroad

Studying abroad comes with certain responsibilities, and we count on our students to represent the University as our upstanding international ambassadors, both inside and outside of the classroom. While abroad, participants are still considered U.Va. students and must comply with U.Va.’s rules, standards and instructions for student conduct and behavior, as well as any stated codes of conduct from the host institution. Furthermore, students studying abroad are under the jurisdiction of the Honor system.

In order to be eligible to study abroad, one must be a matriculated, degree-seeking U.Va. student, have completed at least one semester at U.Va., have a minimum GPA of 2.50, be in good academic standing, be in good disciplinary standing and have completed the online Education Abroad Workshop. Some programs may have other eligibility requirements.

Once students have committed to participating in a study abroad program, they will attend preparatory training through the International Studies Office. Administrative processes, student conduct while overseas (including alcohol and substance abuse) and cultural adaptation are some of the topics covered at pre-departure orientation.

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