Education Abroad, U.Va.

Education Abroad

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Notes for All Students

  • Applications must be completed and submitted by the appropriate deadline to be considered for admission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Deadlines vary by program and are posted on the program brochure pages on our website.
  • Pre-departure preparation materials and additional information will be available to students after they are admitted to the program.
  • Applying early is highly encouraged!

UVA Students

1. Education Abroad Workshop

For your convenience, an introduction to pertinent pre-advising information, resources, and tools is provided in the Education Abroad Workshop. The workshop is a 30-minute, moderated presentation; please turn on the sound on your computer.

2. Post-Workshop Quiz

After you watch the Education Abroad Workshop, you must pass the brief quiz at the end of the presentation in order to access an online application or make an appointment with an Education Abroad Advisor.

3. Apply

We recommend viewing our Application Tutorial before starting an application. You may also refer back to the Education Abroad Workshop.

Exchanges: Applying to a UVA exchange involves two steps. You must first complete and submit the UVA application for your chosen exchange university. Upon review, UVA will nominate a select number of applicants. Nominated students will then receive instructions for submitting the exchange partner application.

Outside and Partner Programs: Applying to an outside program through a third-party provider (such as IES, CIEE, Arcadia, etc.), or a UVA partner program (such as UVA in Italy: Siena), requires both an application to UVA for approval to participate in education abroad and an application through the provider for acceptance to the program. These two applications can often be carried out concurrently, but pay close attention to both deadlines.

Unapproved Programs: After reviewing the UVA-approved programs on this site, if you find a program elsewhere that meets your needs but is not on the approved list, you may submit a Petition application. Review of petition applications is two-fold. First, the student is reviewed for eligibility and approval to participate in education abroad. Second, the program criteria (academics, housing, on-site support, etc.) are reviewed for one-off approval. Search for "petition" in the Program Search to locate the appropriate application for your destination. As with an outside/provider program, you must also apply through the provider for acceptance.

Non-UVA Students

The Application Tutorial explains the UVA online application process for non-UVA students. We recommend that you view it before starting an application.

While applications must be submitted online, portions of the application require submission of hard copy materials, including the following:

  • Official transcript
  • Application for VA In-state Educational Privileges
  • Non-UVA Student Approval of Participation

Instructions for accessing required forms can be found within the online application. Please mail these materials early to ensure that they arrive prior to the application deadline.