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, United, and US Airways 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 the resource fair the day before the Third Session classes begin, from 2pm-5pm on Sunday, July 13th at the Slaughter Recreation Center. http://recsports.virginia.edu/?q=slaughter-recreation-center
UVa Guides will lead tours of grounds. On Sunday, July 13, tours will begin at 12pm, 1pm, and 4pm on the lawn side of the Rotunda. Please contact Kristen Linthicum [firstname.lastname@example.org] with any questions.
Representatives from the following offices will have tables set up to assist you:
Summer Session Office
get to know the Summer Session staff and ask any questions you may have about course enrollment, tuition payment, class times/locations, etc.
Information Technology Services
get help setting up your laptop on the Cavalier wireless network and readying your computer for accessing UVa online resources.
learn about the options available to you from the UVa bookstore, including text book purchases.
find out about your options for dining on Grounds, both in the dining halls and retailers. Ask about kosher, halal, vegetarian and other special dining needs options.
Housing & Residence Life
learn more about Balz-Dobie Residence Hall and the programming available to you as an on-Grounds resident
University Transit Services & Parking
need to get around? The blue UTS buses are free and will take you all over Grounds. Parking will let you know about options for your visitors to park over the summer.
Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs
representatives from our office will be on hand to answer any lingering questions related to course registration, tuition payment and other administrative matters.
student representatives from the honor committee will be available to answer questions about the University of Virginia Honor System.
located in Observatory Hill Dining Hall, the ID office, will be open from 1 to 4:00 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.