The University of Virginia recognizes that its students and alumni increasingly pursue careers and lead lives that are global in nature. They will live and work abroad, they will travel extensively, they will cooperate virtually with foreign partners, and they will study lessons from other societies and cultures to address local and global challenges.
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 and partners with over 447 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.
January Term Programs
U.Va. offers a rotating selection of intensive two- to three-week programs during the optional January Term. Programs are developed and led by U.Va. faculty, and each teaches one specific course, allowing for focused study of a particular theme and destination.
Prestigious and cost-effective, exchanges present a wonderful opportunity of cultural immersion. Under the exchange agreements, U.Va. students can enroll alongside local students at over 60 universities around the world, including the leading research universities of the Universitas 21 consortium. In return, each semester U.Va. hosts students from our Exchange partner institutions and welcomes their contribution to the Academical Village.