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Admission for Visiting International Students

Experience UVA - An American Treasure

Summer Session offers visiting international students an opportunity to experience what makes UVA a national treasure. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia remains distinctive in the 21st century. UVA offers the vast intellectual resources of a major research university, but fosters the intimacy, sense of community, and dedication to undergraduate life typically found at a small liberal arts college.

  • Choose from hundreds of classes that are intense and intimate.  (Most classes meet for approximately two hours a day, five days a week. )
  • Immerse yourself in your subject of choice, and discover the value of a world class education.  
  • Explore Thomas Jefferson's academical village - the unique learning community and the only designated UNESCO World Heritage site among all colleges and universities in the United States. 
  • Enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of resident UVA. students, including access to housing, dining, student health, recreational sports facilities, transportation, and the library system. 
  • Visit nearby sights that make Charlottesvile unique, including Monticello – the home of Thomas Jefferson, Shenandoah National Park, and Washington, DC.

Prepare for Summer Session at UVA

Admission: Complete the University of Virginia Application for Permission to Enroll for Visiting Students at least two months before the start date of the Summer Session you wish to attend.

English Language Proficiency: English is the language of instruction at the University of Virginia. If your first language is not English, or if the language of instruction at your home institution is not English, please attach the results of a recent TOEFL test.  A score may not be more than two years old. Most admitted students attain a total score of at least 600 on the PBT TOEFL, 250 on the CBT TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS. The University expects individuals who take the new iBT TOEFL to earn a score of at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening (total score: 90).

Registration for Summer Courses: Registration will be completed through the Student Information System (SIS) beginning on April 12 for visiting students. Admitted students receive detailed instructions related to accessing SIS and completing registration. Review course offerings here.  Students may enroll in no more than two courses per session.

UVA Sponsored Visa Documents: Students who need a visa document from UVA to support F-1 or J-1 status must complete the Summer Session Form I-20/Form DS-2019 Request Packet and mail it to:

U.S. MAIL
Summer and Special Academic Programs
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400161
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4161
 
COURIER/OVERNIGHT/EXPRESS
Summer and Special Academic Programs
University of Virginia
228 Minor Hall
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
 
Please direct all inquiries related to your legal status in the U.S. to the University’s International Student and Scholar Advisors.
 
Housing: Summer Session students may apply for University housing through Conference Services. We encourage you to apply for Summer Session housing as soon as possible, since housing is limited. Summer Session students may choose to live off-Grounds in housing that is not affiliated with the University.  Visit the Off-Grounds Housing webpage for more information.
 
Medical Insurance: All students at the University, including students enrolled in Summer Session, are required to have medical insurance.  The University offers a student health plan administered by Aetna Student Health. Short-term medical insurance plans independent of the University are also available. The Student Health Center will be available to Summer Session students.  In case of an emergency, students may be treated at the emergency room of the University of Virginia Health System Center, which is located near Central Grounds.
 

Visiting Student Orientation: 
Learn how to get the most out of your time as a UVA student! 

  • 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 several of the following offices will share information about the resources they offer.

Summer Session Office
University Bookstore
Dining
Student Health
University Transit Services & Parking
Honor Committee
Libraries
 
 
If you cannot attend visiting student orienation, or if you are attending the first Summer Session, please contact VisitingStudents@virginia.edu to schedule a brief orientation session upon your arrival at UVA
 
ID Office: Located in Observatory Hill Dining Hall, the ID office, will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 11 and Sunday, July 9 for visiting students to obtain their 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). 
 
Required Boooks: A list of required books for Summer Session courses will be available through the UVA Bookstore.
 
Summer Weather: Charlottesville’s average daily high temperature in July is 88ºF/31ºC. The average nighttime low temperature is 66ºF/19ºC.  Afternoon thunderstorms are common. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact VisitingStudents@virginia.edu.