UVa is home to many international centers and institutes that enrich the student experience. Undergraduates and graduates can conduct research abroad, take advantage of visiting scholars, attend seminars and more.
The International Studies Office (ISO) is a University wide resource which contributes to UVa’s international mission through activities, programs and services designed to support the development of a globally aware, culturally diverse education and research environment. Through the International Students and Scholars Program, UVa Education Abroad, and the Lorna Sundberg International Center, the ISO provides expertise and infrastructure to help expand and sustain global education at the University of Virginia.
The UVa Center for International Studies serves as a research center for faculty, staff, and students from the University of Virginia and from institutions around the world. Its mission is to provide a University-wide focus on global education as well as to link research universities, institutes, and scholars in the U.S. and abroad. It convenes UVa faculty to identify big research questions and challenges of the twenty-first century, to formulate research proposals, and to undertake fundraising to support research. Critical to the Center’s mission is the formation of interdisciplinary, University-wide faculty Working Groups on international issues of critical importance.
The International Residential College houses about 300 undergraduate students, including sixty first-years. The IRC international student population makes up 45 percent of our residents representing 40 countries; the rest of our residents are composed of in-state and out-of-state American students. We make a special effort to offer housing to visiting exchange students, who come to UVa from partner institutions around the world. They are typically very involved in IRC activities. In addition, we have a fairly high number of transfer students and they are also noticeably active in our community.