About Summer Session

Each summer the University of Virginia offers a rich selection of courses to over four thousand students through its Summer Session. Many of these courses are not available during the academic year. Summer Session students have access to an array of support services and extra-curricular activities.

The mission of the University's Summer Session is to supplement academic year course offerings, to facilitate fulfillment of undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, and to extend access to the resources of the University of Virginia to students enrolled at other colleges or universities, rising high school juniors and seniors, and lifelong learners.

A number of special two-week programs are offered in addition to the internationally known Summer Language Institute (SLI), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, and UVA Advance, a four-week residential program for talented high school students (rising juniors and seniors.)

UVA Summer Session provides exceptional opportunities for visiting international students. Since classes are offered in an intensive format, in-depth learning and collaboration with faculty and fellow students are the norm. Students live in university housing, a short walk from classrooms, dining facilities, libraries and sports facilities. Orientation, special workshops, organized contact with resident UVA students and a rich line-up of activities complement the academic program and provide access to the high impact residential learning experience for which UVA is so well known.

Summer study abroad programs are available in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Central America and South America. Over 100 courses in the Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Commerce, Engineering, and Public Health are offered. Intensive language programs and interdisciplinary studies are also available. Many UVA study abroad programs welcome students from other colleges and universities.

The application process for Summer study abroad programs is managed by the International Studies Office (ISO). Application deadlines vary by program. Interested students must complete the online Education Abroad Workshop before initiating the application process.

The Summer Session is funded through the Office of the Vice President and Provost. The Director of the Summer Session reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and is counseled by the Summer Session Faculty Advisory Committee.