The University of Virginia welcomes more than 2,500 international students each year. The International Students & Scholars Program, a division of the International Studies Office, has a variety of resources and information to help international students transition and orient themselves to the University and Charlottesville communities.

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Virginia! We welcome you to the international student body of more than 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students from over 100 countries. Please visit the International Students and Scholars Program for information on next steps and resources.

Arriving at UVA Checklist

The International Students & Scholars Program offers a new student checklist for planning your arrival at UVA

F-1 Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training is available for degree-seeking students. An initial period of 12 months may be awarded by Immigration (USCIS) per degree level. You may be eligible for a new period of OPT only if you move subsequently to a higher degree level. OPT can be used during breaks in study or after completion of your final degree requirement. OPT requires that you pursue employment in your area of study, but it does not require a specific employer at the time of filing.

International Residential College

The International Residential College is a vibrant and enriching residential and academic community for undergraduates, both international and domestic. The IRC is much more than a residential hall. It is a Residential College, meaning academics and social life are infused into a comprehensive and cohesive fabric.

Lorna Sundberg International Center

Lorna Sundberg International Center is a division of the International Studies Office and facilitates programming for international students, lodging, and an international student scholarship.

ISSP Connect

ISSP Connect is a portal for international students, including immigration forms and other important information.

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