The University of Virginia welcomes visiting students to its Summer Session and over 400 visiting students enroll in UVa Summer Session courses each year. Visiting students are able to experience Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village - a truly unique learning community and the only designated UNESCO World Heritage site among U.S. colleges and universities.  Small classes delivered in an intensive format (2.25 meeting hours each day, M-F) offer maximum student-faculty interaction and a chance for students to immerse themselves in a topic.

Visiting students enjoy all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of resident UVa students as well as access to University housing, dining services, Student Health, recreational sports facilities, and academic resources including the University’s renowned library system. The Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs serves as the academic home for visiting students and provides a special orientation at the beginning of each of the three main sessions. Students are introduced to academic and non-academic resources available to them, review the Honor System, tour the campus with a staff guide, and learn about opportunities outside of the classroom – opportunities at the University, in Charlottesville and in Central Virginia. Several weekend trips are offered in the summer including trips to Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson), Washington, DC, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Charlottesville offers a unique combination of natural beauty, rich historical and cultural attractions, and close proximity to both a national park and the nation's capitol. Charlottesville is a hub for the arts, entertainment, sports, shopping, commerce and health care services. It consistently earns high marks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. and is a major tourist destination. The Charlottesville airport (CHO) is served by American, Delta, and United, and each of the major airline alliances, SkyTeam, Star Alliance, and One World. Train service is provided by Amtrak and bus service by Greyhound. Washington, DC is 2.5 hours by car and Richmond in 1.25 hours by car. For more information on Charlottesville and Central Virginia click virginia.edu/exploring.html.

Visiting Student Orientation: 
Learn how to get the most out of your time as a UVa student!  Attend an information session for visiting students the day before second and third Summer Session classes begin.

  • Session II: Sunday, June 11 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM in Clark Hall 108
  • Session III: Sunday, July 09 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM in Clark Hall 108

Representatives from the following offices will share information about the resources they offer.

Summer Session Office
Information Technology Services
University Bookstore
UVa Dining
Student Health
Housing & Residence Life
University Transit Services & Parking
Honor Committee


ID Office
Located in Observatory Hill Dining Hall, the ID office, will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 12 and Sunday, July 10 for you to obtain your University of Virginia ID card.  You’ll need this card for library services, fitness centers and Charlottesville buses.  Be sure to take your government issued photo ID with you (drivers license, passport, etc).

Admission to the Summer Session does not constitute admission to the University, nor does it allow students to register for the subsequent fall and spring semesters.