Education Abroad, U.Va.

Education Abroad

A Division of the International Studies Office


About Us

About Education Abroad

Education Abroad plays an important role in advancing the University of Virginia’s pedagogic mission, enriching students both academically and personally, and is crucial in preparing students for the challenges of the global world. This unique learning experience combines intellectual pursuits with firsthand exposure to different peoples and their cultural traditions. It provides students with an opportunity to gain an international perspective on their chosen academic field or career path and to learn and practice important life skills — critical thinking, independence, flexibility, adaptability, resilience, and the ability to interact and communicate across differences. The University expects that upon studying abroad students will apply their knowledge to create a global frame of reference in their response to situations and events, actively seek out opportunities for engagement and demonstrate understanding of themselves and their ability to cope and adapt.  Education Abroad is one of UVA’s many proud traditions!

Quick Highlights:

Academic Year 2016-17

  • Undergraduates abroad: 1,946
  • Graduate students abroad: 1,077

Top 15 Undergraduate Majors Abroad

  1. Arts & Sciences Undeclared
  2. Commerce (BSC)
  3. Foreign Affairs (BA)
  4. Global Studies (BA)
  5. Spanish (BA)
  6. Economics (BA)
  7. Media Studies (BA)
  8. Biology (BA/BS)
  9. English (BA)
  10. Architecture (BS)
  11. Psychology (BA)
  12. Systems Engineering (BS)
  13. History (BA)
  14. French (BA)
  15. Public Policy & Leadership (BA)

Exchanges: 161 students went on exchange programs to 19 different countries

UVA programs: 51 programs in 35 countries

Education Abroad Annual Facts & Figures

Class of 2017 Education Abroad Statistics

Other Useful International Links:

UVA International Studies Office

UVA Global Map: Students Abroad