Education Abroad in Your Major or Minor

Education Abroad in Your Major or Minor

Below is a list of education abroad major-specific advising information. Note: 

  • You are not restricted to studying abroad on the programs listed in each section; these lists are merely a starting point of programs that the ISO and your department have identified as strong matches for the major.
  • Courses at these institutions and programs are not automatically approved for major or minor credit at UVA.
  • Meet with your education abroad advisor and academic advisor for final program selection to ensure that a program meets your academic and personal goals. 

Check the website often as this information is regularly updated. 

If you're not sure where to start, take the Education Abroad Workshop. To discuss program options or for general questions, make an appointment online with an Education Abroad Advisor according to your country or region of interest.

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Benefits of an International Experience

For students in Public Policy & Leadership, an international experience can be an integral component to the discipline. Upon return from studying abroad, many students report that they are equipped with greater language proficiency, deeper knowledge and understanding of various cultures, as well as a broader, more global perspective that is often valued by employers.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Depending on the program you enroll in, you may receive either direct or transfer credit for the courses you complete abroad. All students wishing to study abroad must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, depending on the program. Planning ahead is key to finding a program that meets your academic and personal goals. The Public Policy & Leadership program and the International Studies Office recommend planning for your international experience as early as first year, and encourage you to meet with an education abroad advisor, as well as your academic advisor.

Course Approvals

For Public Policy & Leadership major or minor course approvals, contact: 

Kristine Nelson | [email protected] | 434-924-9282 | L050 Garrett Hall

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Humanities and Social Science 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

 

Vietnam 

January Term: UVA in Vietnam: An Ecological-Economic Exploration 

 

Vietnam 

SIT: Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development^

Caribbean 

Dominica 

UVA in Dominica: Social Entrepreneurship in Small Island Developing States 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Denmark 

UVA Commerce: Sustainable Practices in Denmark 

 

France 

UVA Exchange: Sciences Po PARIS 

 

France 

UVA in Lyon 

 

Ireland 

UVA in Dublin: Internship Placement Program (IPP) Global

 

Ireland 

UVA in Ireland & N. Ireland: Policies for Conflict and Peace 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Florence: General Studies (in affiliation with ISI) 

 

United Kingdom 

Hansard Scholars Programme: United Kingdom: London*

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in Oxford 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Surrey 

Latin America 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Social Movements and Human Rights^

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

Multiple 

 

Semester at Sea 

*Internship available 

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"As a student studying public policy and social entrepreneurship, the Dominica Field Experience was the perfect opportunity to see different sectors working within one ecosystem to create social change. The lessons I learned on the Nature Island about resilience and communication will guide me through the rest of my time at UVA and as I enter the professional world." — Molly Newell, UVA in Dominica: Social Entrepreneurship in Small Island Developing States 


 

School of Architecture

Benefits of an International Experience

The study and practice of architecture spans local to global scales and contexts. The School of Architecture at UVA believes that the future of its students will take them to all corners of the world, and therefore places value on providing varied and impactful international experiences for its students. These study abroad opportunities provide exposure to students in the areas of architecture, architectural history, urban and environmental planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and other design related disciplines. The international experience also enhances the student’s ability to think critically about how design is influenced by cultural, socio-political, economic, environmental, historical, and material factors

Academic & Timing Considerations

Undergraduates in Architectural History, Architecture, and Planning may study abroad according to arrangements made after consulting their advisor. Graduate students may study abroad in any summer while a student in the School and during a semester with the permission of the Program Director and the Chair of the Student’s department or discipline. The School of Architecture recommends discussing options with your faculty advisor to determine the optimal time to study abroad. See also the SARC Study Abroad Programs Policy for additional considerations.

Course Approvals

For major or minor course approvals in the School of Architecture, contact your Major Director. 

Selected International Opportunities

Programs listed below are delivered by the School of Architecture. Additional programs are available on the Education Abroad website by using the Program Search. This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

China 

UVA Architecture: China 

Europe 

Italy

January Term: UVA in Italy: Renaissance and Baroque Rome 

 

Italy 

UVA Architecture in Italy: Venice 

 

Italy 

UVA Architecture in Italy: Vicenza 

 

Spain

UVA Architecture: Barcelona

 

United Kingdom

UVA Architecture: Healthy & Sustainable Europe: United Kingdom

Student Testimonial

“Studying sustainable city planning in Europe was incredible because I got to see all of the theories I've learned about in classes and read about in books put into action, from efficient and effective public transportation in Freiburg, Germany to the pinnacle of energy-efficient building design in Zurich, Switzerland. Strong cultural and structural differences exist between the European cities we visited and the United States, but their progress shows that with political will, it would prove possible to build more sustainable cities for the future here at home.” — Love Johnson, Sustainable Europe


 

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Benefits of an International Experience

With the growth of international trade and multinational companies, it is critical for engineering students to gain international experience and develop intercultural skills, such as cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, empathy, and tolerance for ambiguity. You are able to develop professional skills in a multicultural setting, as well as deepen your knowledge of other countries and cultures. This can better prepare you to interact with people from backgrounds different from your own. Education abroad may be in the form of a study abroad program, research experience, internship abroad, or an engineering service project in another country.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Begin planning early, particularly if you want to go abroad for a semester or year. Summers and J-terms are more flexible. You can use study abroad credit for major, technical, unrestricted and humanities and social science electives. Approvals are given on a case-by-case basis through your department. As early as your first year, you should meet with an ISO Education Abroad Advisor, as well as your department’s designated study abroad advisor, to discuss timing. Consider what requirements you can take abroad. What courses could you move around? Could you fulfill the same requirements abroad that you would be taking on-Grounds? There may be a time that is more flexible for going abroad, or you may need to map out exactly the same courses you would be taking here. It depends on your major and where you are with your requirements.

Course Approvals

For questions about studying abroad as an Engineering student, contact:

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

Asia 

China 

UVA Exchange: Tsinghua University 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Engineering 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

Korea 

UVA Engineering in South Korea: Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) 

 

Korea 

UVA Exchange: Korea University 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Denmark 

UVA Engineering Exchange: University of Southern Denmark 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Technical University Dortmund 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Technical University Munich 

 

Germany 

UVA in Germany: Global Technology Practice 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Dublin City University 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Trinity College Dublin 

 

Ireland 

IFSA: Ireland: Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway 

 

Ireland 

IFSA: Ireland: Limerick: University of Limerick 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Engineering 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Madrid: Engineering, Math & Science 

 

Sweden 

UVA in Sweden: Global Sustainability Consulting 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Bath 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Birmingham 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Nottingham 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: City University 

  United Kingdom  IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Belfast: Queen's University Belfast 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Belfast: University of Ulster 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Brighton: University of Sussex 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Cambridge: Cambridge University 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: London: University of Westminster 

Latin America 

Argentina 

January Term: UVA in Argentina 

 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Santiago: Chilean Universities Program 

 

Ecuador 

IES: Ecuador: Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito 

 

Guatemala 

UVA in Guatemala: Public Health, Engineering and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Community Development 

 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Tasmania 

 

Australia 

Arcadia: Australia: Sydney: Summer Internship 

 

Australia 

IES: Australia: Sydney: University of Sydney 

 

Australia 

IFSA: Australia: Brisbane: Griffith University 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: James Cook University 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Melbourne: Monash University 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Perth: University of Western Australia 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Sydney: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Wollongong: University of Wollongong 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 


 

School of Nursing

Benefits of an International Experience

The UVA School of Nursing views global experience as an integral component to its students’ education. Undergraduate nursing students must be prepared to embrace both the challenges and the exciting opportunities of our global community and to be enriched by programs that involve them in interactions with the people, cultures, and health care of our neighbors worldwide. Gaining global experience will help students learn skills such as cross-cultural communication, respectful community engagement, critical thinking, empathy, and cultural humility.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Because of the SON curriculum sequencing, students can only study abroad for a semester during the fall of their fourth year on a UVA –SON exchange program (see below). These exchanges focus on the clinical portion of your degree program. Before participating in an exchange for a semester, the student will have completed all 2nd year courses and the following 3rd year courses: NUCO 3110 Adult-Gero Nursing; NUCO 3310 Pediatric Nursing; NUCO 3610 Maternal Child Nursing; NUIP 3420 Pathophysiology/Clinical Management II; NUIP 3430 Pharmacology/Clinical Management II; NUIP 3320 and 3330 REAL II (Health Policy, Regulation, Delegation and Informatics) and REAL III (Evidence Based Practice and Research Utilization) NUIP 4210 Public and Population Health OR NUCO 4310 Mental Health. Students participating in the New Zealand exchange will have completed NUCO 4210 in the spring and will receive credit for NUCO 4310 in the fall; students participating in the Australia exchange will have completed NUCO 4310 in the spring and will receive credit for NUCO 4210 in the fall.

Course Approvals

For Nursing major course approvals, contact:

Anita Heisterman | [email protected] | (434) 924-0136 | 2003 CMNEB

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

The Americas 

Chile 

IES: Chile: Santiago: Health Studies (Summer) 

Europe 

Cyprus 

Global Semesters: Cyprus: Health Sciences (summer) 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Global Health 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Nursing Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Nursing Exchange: University of Auckland 

Non-Credit-Bearing Options 

 

Nursing Students Without Borders 

 

 

South Africa: Water and Health in Limpopo Province 

 

 

UVA Center for Global Health Equity 

Student Testimonial

“My classmates and I were able to implement a community action plan at Clinica Esperanza to prevent the transmission of chikungunya (a virus spread by mosquitos). Cases are relatively new to the island, with the first patient seen at Clinica Esperanza in December 2014. Being in Roatán boosted my confidence as a future nurse by pushing me outside of my comfort zone. Not having technology to rely on not only enhanced my hands-on skills, but it also emphasized the importance of developing and using my nursing instincts. I met professionals from around the world with many different backgrounds; each and every one taught me something new. There was a strong sense of camaraderie among the clinic volunteers and I have seen what true teamwork can accomplish.” — Crystal Moses, at Clinica Esperanza in Roatán, Honduras


 

School of Education and Human Development

Kinesiology

Benefits of an International Experience

Approaches to sports and exercise science vary around the world. By studying abroad, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with international faculty and learn different perspectives on Kinesiology while earning credit toward your major or toward general education requirements. Many programs offer internships in a variety of settings, allowing you to expand your professional network and gain practical experience.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Due to curriculum sequencing, you should plan early and work closely with your advisor when considering education abroad. Optimal times for studying abroad occur during the third and fourth year when Kinesiology students are fulfilling their major electives. You should complete Introduction to Kinesiology before studying abroad. Students need to meet with the program chair to have courses approved on a case-by-case basis. Students who are pursuing a health professional school after UVA should also meet with a University Career Services health-profession advisor. 

Course Approvals

For Kinesiology major or minor course approvals, contact:

Arthur Weltman | [email protected] | (434) 924-6191 | Memorial Gym 204

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

 

Korea 

UVA Exchange: Seoul National University 

Europe 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Kent 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Surrey 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

Student Testimonial

"I spent the spring of my third year studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland and it was the most amazing semester of my life. Studying at University College Dublin (UCD) gave me the opportunity to engage in different fields of study than I normally did at UVA. Taking humanities classes, like Modern Irish History, Irish Archaeology and even Gaelic, was a welcome break from the monotony of health-related and science classes, and it gave me a new perspective and insight into a different culture. In addition to immersing myself in Irish culture, I was also able to scope out potential graduate programs in Ireland, so I can continue traveling and exploring after I finish my undergraduate degree. Although I had to shuffle around my class schedule at UVA in order to study abroad, I would do all again in a heartbeat if it meant that I could go back to Ireland and see the amazing friends I met there (and still keep in contact with!), and explore not only Ireland but other countries throughout Europe. Sláinte!" — Megan Brosnan, UVA Exchange: University College Dublin


 

Youth and Social Innovation

Benefits of an International Experience

The Youth and Social Innovation (YSI) faculty believe that education abroad provides unparalleled perspective-enhancing experiences that increase graduates’ effectiveness in the field. Education abroad allows students a cross-cultural perspective that enriches their understanding of cultural, social and educational factors and environments that influence youth. In addition, study abroad can provide the opportunity to take classes or participate in other programs not available at UVA.

Academic & Timing Considerations

YSI values experiences abroad! For most students majoring in YSI, a summer program or the spring semester of your third year are your best options for study abroad. Working with your academic advisor to create a draft plan of when you will take which YSI Major courses throughout your remaining college semesters will help you feel confident in finding the best study abroad program and coursework for you. Study abroad courses may count for your required coursework; be sure to consult with your academic advisor. Speaking with an education abroad advisor and your YSI academic advisor early in your college career to explore study abroad possibilities is recommended!

Course Approvals

For Youth and Social Innovation major or minor course approvals, contact:

Dr. Melissa Levy | [email protected] | (434) 243-0150 | 230 Ruffner Hall

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development*

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Education and Social Change (summer)^ 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Sweden 

DIS: Sweden 

South America 

Chile 

SIT: Chile: Santiago: Comparative Education and Social Change^ 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

“Studying abroad with IES Barcelona during the fall of my third-year was an incredible experience. Not only did I get to take exciting classes, live with a host family, make Spanish friends, and travel throughout the country and Europe, but I was also able to further explore my interests as a YSI major. My Cultural Perspectives in Psychology class counted for the YSI multicultural requirement. Additionally, during my time abroad, I had the option to complete an internship rather than taking another traditional class, and chose to intern with Make A Wish Spain. As an intern, I created itineraries for children coming from all of the world to have their wishes to be granted in Spain--mostly to attend FC Barcelona and Real Madrid soccer games.” — Amy Singer, IES: Spain: Barcelona: Liberal Arts & Business


 

College of Arts and Sciences

Information for all majors in the College

Benefits of an International Experience

For students in the College, an international experience can be an integral component to the discipline. Upon return from studying abroad, many students report that they are equipped with greater language proficiency, deeper knowledge and understanding of various cultures, as well as a broader, more global perspective that is often valued by employers.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Depending on the program you enroll in, you may receive either direct or transfer credit for the courses you complete abroad. All students wishing to study abroad must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, depending on the program. Planning ahead is key to finding a program that meets your academic and personal goals. The International Studies Office recommends planning for your international experience as early as first year and encourages you to meet with an education abroad advisor, as well as your academic advisor.

Note about this page

The major-specific advising information on this page is updated regularly, so if there is not currently information for your major, check back at a later time. 


 

African American & African Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Students may take up to 6 approved credits of coursework toward the AAS major, AAS minor, or African Studies minor.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

January Term: UVA in Ghana 

 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences 

 

Ghana 

SIT: Ghana: Accra: Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic^ 

 

Kenya 

SIT: Kenya: Kisumu: Global Health and Human Rights^ 

 

Madagascar 

SIT: Madagascar: Antananarivo: Traditional Medicine And Health Care Systems (summer)^ 

 

Rwanda 

SIT: Rwanda: Kigali: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding^ 

 

Senegal 

Dakar Institute of African Studies: Senegal: Dakar (summer) 

 

Senegal 

SIT: Senegal: Dakar: Global Security and Religious Pluralism^ 

 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development^ 

 

South Africa 

UVA in South Africa: Cape Town: Public Health Sciences^ 

 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Summer Global Internship Program* 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Cape Town: Multiculturalism and Human Rights^ 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Education and Social Change (summer)^ 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Social and Political Transformation^ 

 

Tanzania 

SIT: Tanzania: Arusha: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology^ 

 

Uganda and Rwanda 

SIT: Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict in the Lake Victoria Basin (summer)^ 

 

Uganda 

SIT: Uganda: Kampala: Development Studies^ 

Europe 

France 

IES: France: Paris: French Studies 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Humboldt University 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Birmingham 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: London: SOAS, University of London 

South America 

Colombia 

CET: Colombia: Cali: Race, Identity, & Ethnicity 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis... aided my experience learning AAS but also made me more conscious of the medical profession. I gained a better understanding of the health care system in another country, which I can apply to my job in the health care system here... As a premed student in the United States, you are expected to get a lot of hours shadowing doctors and gaining clinical experience. However, there is a very limited amount of opportunities in order to do such abroad. In St. Kitts and Nevis, we were given the opportunity to learn and shadow their doctors. The health care system of St. Kitts and Nevis is quite different from the United States. I learned more about how the climate of the island affects the health of the citizens and how the doctors respond." — Jacob Uskavitch, African American and African Studies and Chemistry: UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis


 

American Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

There are a wide variety of opportunities abroad offered through UVA for the semester, year and summer, as well as internship and/or research opportunities.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Other than AMST 2001, AMST 3001, and AMST 4500 (4th year seminar), students may take classes abroad to fulfill 6 credits of Major electives within their chosen concentration. Courses students wish to count towards the American Studies Major must be pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs on a case-by-case basis. The American Studies Department and the International Studies Office recommend planning for your international experience as early as possible, and encourage you to meet with an education abroad advisor, as well as your academic advisor.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Kent 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: University of Montreal 

Oceania 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

Student Testimonial

"I am loving my study abroad experience in Aix-en-Provence, France! Being an American Studies major, one of the best things about being abroad is witnessing American culture from the other side. I am able to see both the perception of Americans and our culture (loud and friendly, if a bit unobservant of cultural norms), and the outposts of American culture that have crossed into France (froyo is becoming quite popular here, as is the concept of coffee "to go"). Additionally, I am able to experience other cultures, which adds a particular outside perspective to the culture of the United States. For example, I am in particular enjoying the "cafe culture" of France, and wish I could spend all my days in the unhurried French manner of sipping rosé, enjoying a good book, and people-watching to my heart's content."  — Emily Sakowitz, French and American Studies major: University of d'Aix-Marseille


 

Anthropology 

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Planning ahead is key to finding a program that meets your academic and personal goals. Up to six credits from abroad may be counted toward the anthropology major. The department will allow one course (three credits)  to be counted toward the anthropology minor. To obtain course approvals for major or minor credit, you need to meet with the director of undergraduate studies in anthropology prior to committing to a program.

Please note that ANTH 3010, ANTH 3020, or ANTH  4591 may not be substituted by courses taken abroad.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

SIT: Ghana: Accra: Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic^ 

Asia 

Mongolia 

SIT: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment^ 

Europe 

Greece 

College Year in Athens (summer) 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh 

Latin America 

Argentina 

IES: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Latin American Societies and Cultures 

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

“My time in Nepal was absolutely incredible and nothing short of the adventure of a lifetime. The stunning landscapes, friendly locals, and sheer weightless joy of traveling –all amounted to an experience I won’t soon forget. As an anthropology major, my excursions abroad were further contextualized within a broader cultural framework. I was privileged with the tremendous opportunity to apply the abstract, theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to a more concrete, real global setting.” — Helena Groves, Anthropology and American Studies major, SIT in Nepal


 

Archaeology

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Archaeology, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Art History

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Planning ahead is key to finding a program that meets your academic and personal goals; most Art History students go abroad in their third year. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Egypt 

UVA Exchange: American University in Cairo 

 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences 

 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

 

Indonesia 

SIT: Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change^ 

 

Japan 

UVA Exchange: Waseda University 

Europe 

Austria 

IES: Austria: Vienna: Culture & Society 

 

Czech Republic 

SIT: Czech Republic: Prague: Arts and Social Change^ 

 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

France 

UVA in Lyon (Semester) 

 

France 

Middlebury College: France: Paris 

 

Greece 

College Year in Athens 

 

Greece 

College Year in Athens (summer) 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Italy 

January Term: UVA in Italy: Renaissance and Baroque Rome 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Florence: General Studies (in affiliation with ISI) 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Photography and Italian Art History 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

“When I decided to spend spring semester of my second year studying abroad in Valencia, Spain, I couldn't have imagined what a wonderful experience I would have. As a double major in Art History and Spanish, Spain is paradise. I was able to immerse myself completely in a culture... which gave me an entirely new depth of understanding and appreciation. It isn't easy, but there is no better way to learn Spanish than to live with a host family who doesn't speak English. Communicating in a new language, navigating a new culture, and traveling around Spain and Europe gave me a sense of independence and awareness of the world around me that has made me a better student and a better person.” — Sarah Russell, Art History & Spanish Double Major, UVA in Valencia


 

Astronomy

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Astronomy, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Biology

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Biology, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Chemistry

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

For students in Chemistry, an international experience can be an integral component to the discipline. With the growth of international trade and globalization, it is critical for students to gain international experience and develop intercultural skills, such as cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, empathy, and tolerance for ambiguity. You are able to develop professional skills in a multicultural setting, as well as deepen your knowledge of other countries and cultures. This can better prepare you to interact with people from backgrounds different from you own. Students with international experience and global perspective often are most valued by employers.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Previous Chemistry students have found the fall of third year as the best term to study abroad. The spring of second year may be an option for some students. Summer and January term programs are also available. Remember that courses must be preapproved by the DUP to fulfill CHEM major requirements.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

China 

UVA Exchange: Fudan University 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Trinity College Dublin 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: Maastricht University 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Pre-Health 

 

Spain 

St. Louis University in Madrid 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Bath 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in St. Andrews: Science for Health Professions 

Oceania 

Australia 

IES: Australia: Sydney: University of Sydney 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Sydney: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 

Student Testimonial

“Chile was the best study abroad experience I could have asked for. I learned about and worked in the fascinating health system of Chile during the week and then traveled to amazing places during the weekend... The knowledge that I gained in Chile has changed the way I view public health and has allowed me to understand that there is no one correct way to do anything in health care. This awareness has been beneficial in a field that constantly changes every day and I know will keep influencing my life in the health profession for years to come.” — Sarah Elkin, CHEM major


 

Chinese Language & Literature

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact: 

Shu-Chen Chen | [email protected] | (434) 243-8082 | 169 New Cabell Hall 

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

China 

Hamilton College: China: ACC Intensive Language & Culture Program 

 

China 

IUP: China: Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies 

 

China 

Middlebury College: China: Kunming 

 

Taiwan 

UVA in Taiwan: Chinese Language 

 

Taiwan 

UVA in Taiwan: Internship, Culture, and Language* 

 

Taiwan 

UVA Exchange: Taiwan: National Chengchi University 

 

Taiwan 

National Taiwan University: International Chinese Language Program 

* Internship available

Student Testimonial

"Living in a cosmopolitan city such as Shanghai is like nothing else. Not only is there a richness of historic culture present, but there is also the incredible contrast exemplified by the tall skyscrapers and the numerous malls. Also, the food is absolutely mouth-watering. Public transportation is better than anything I've experienced in the States. And each moment was a mini adventure that enabled me to not only practice my Chinese, but also experience modern, daily Chinese life, only enriching my cultural assimilation to a place that is so different from home." — Elizabeth Chung, UVA in Shanghai: Fudan University with TEAN


 

Classics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

The modern-day study of antiquity has always transcended national boundaries. Classics majors studying abroad can benefit from new perspectives on the languages and cultures of Greece and Rome, while the literature and history of these societies can take on new meaning when studied in their original settings. Students who have taken part in these programs report that the experience enriched them academically and also made them more attractive to potential employers.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Students wishing to study abroad must have a GPA of 2.5 (or higher for some programs). Depending on the program, you may receive either direct or transfer credit for completed courses. The Department of Classics and the International Studies Office recommend planning for your international experience as early as your first year; we encourage you to meet with an education abroad advisor, as well as the Director of Undergraduate Study. Classics majors should consider how study abroad can best be integrated with the Greek and Latin language sequences.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Europe 

Greece 

UVA Exchange: American College of Greece 

 

Greece 

College Year in Athens 

 

Greece 

College Year in Athens (summer) 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Italy 

Duke: Italy: Rome: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Nottingham 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

Student Testimonial

"My experience at ICCS deeply enriched my understanding of the ancient world. Through language courses, the City Course–a class designed to enhance the precious facets of Rome, both the ancient and the modern–and living in Rome taught me to fully appreciate Latin literature in light of its socio-political context. However, not only the courses but also the students at ICCS enriched my knowledge of the Classics. In a word, ICCS is a community... [that] attracts exceptional human beings, and it was a joy to live alongside such students, who shared my love of Classics." — Kira McBride, Duke: Italy: Rome: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies


 

Cognitive Science

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

South Korea 

UVA Exchange: Korea University 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Humboldt University 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London

Latin America 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Santiago: Chilean Universities Program 

 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Valparai­so: Chilean Universities Program 

 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

Student Testimonial

"During my time at Korea University and the University of Oxford, I was not only able to learn in novel academic environments, but I was also able to experience new cultures and people. Through [two economics classes I took], I recognized how Economics could connect to Cognitive Science as I learned about the decision-making processes and philosophies pertaining to various international economies. This newfound idea has allowed me to expand and change my academic options and future trajectory as a student. Cognitive Science is a field that studies people, decision-making, and mental organizations; studying abroad has allowed to me acquire a better understanding of those qualities thanks to my global education, interactions with foreigners, and immersion into the Korean and English cultures." — Jae Jun, Cognitive Science major, Korea University and UVA in Oxford


 

Computer Science

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For Computer Science major or minor course approvals, contact:

Charles Reiss | [email protected] | (434) 924-8274 | Rice Hall 205 

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

Asia 

China 

UVA Exchange: Fudan University 

 

China 

UVA Exchange: Peking University 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Engineering 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: Yale-NUS College 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Siena (in affiliation with CET) 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Ireland 

IFSA: Ireland: Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Engineering 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Madrid: Engineering, Math & Science 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Birmingham 

Middle East 

Israel 

Ben-Gurion University: Israel: Beer-Sheva: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

Student Testimonial

“Studying abroad was an eye opening experience for me. Being a computer science major, I was often not exposed to other aspects of academics outside of engineering. It was really great getting outside of my comfort zone and experiencing new topics and new cultures. Learning another language was also an incredible part of this experience. Studying abroad also really showed me how connected the world is. Technology plays a big role in this connectivity and living in Vienna and travelling through Europe showed me just how much of an impact technology could play. It helped me understand what I wanted to do after college and how projects I work on in the future could affect many different people all around the world.” — Liam Dwyer, IES: Austria: Vienna : Culture and Society


 

Drama

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

Human and cultural interaction reside at the very center of theatrical expression, so there is no better way to experience the stories and dramatic practices of many cultures than by interacting with other students and artists of the theatre from across the globe. 

The programs recommended by ISO all offer courses for our students that can count toward major or minor requirements.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Depending on the program you enroll in, you may receive either direct or transfer credit for the courses you complete abroad. Some courses taken abroad may satisfy Drama major or minor requirements, but must be approved in advance of the student’s departure by the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Drama. Students should consult with the department’s DUP no later than one full term in advance of departure in order to determine the courses that may satisfy Drama major or minor requirements.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences*^ 

 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program^ 

Europe 

Czech Republic 

SIT: Czech Republic: Prague: Arts and Social Change^ 

 

France 

UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2 

 

France 

Middlebury College: France: Bordeaux*^ 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Gaiety School of Acting 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Theater (Summer) 

 

United Kingdom 

January Term: UVA in London, The Theatrical City 

 

United Kingdom 

Arcadia: United Kingdom: Glasgow: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: Theater Studies* 

Latin America 

Argentina 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Argentina: Cordoba: Integrated Spanish Studies 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Tasmania 

 

New Zealand 

Arcadia: New Zealand: Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington*^ 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"When I was abroad, I had the opportunity to focus on the French language and improve my speaking and writing skills for four months. Anybody who returns from a foreign language exchange program will tell you the same thing: immersion is the only way to learn a language. You can always travel to a country after college, but study abroad programs allow you to live with a host family and experience another culture more fully. That is why I am grateful that both of my majors, Drama and Foreign Affairs, allowed me the time and flexibility to study abroad. I missed one semester of UVa Drama, but I still had the ability to act in mainstage productions, direct scenes, stage-manage shows, serve technical roles, and write plays within the Drama Department. I would recommend studying abroad to any UVa Drama major." — Nancy-Wren Bradshaw, Drama and Foreign Affairs: UVA in Lyon


 

East Asian Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for East Asian Studies, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Economics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Economics, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

Students planning to study abroad on a transfer credit program should review the major and minor information on the department's Transfer Credit page

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

English

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

For students in English, an international experience can open doors to other cultures, literary traditions, and national contexts. It can deepen your appreciation of the power of literature in a broader, global perspective while extending your language proficiency. After studying abroad, many students report a sense of transformation in their relationship to the discipline and cite their international experience as one of the most valuable parts of their undergraduate years.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences 

Asia 

China 

UVA Exchange: Peking University 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

 

South Korea 

UVA Exchange: Korea University 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

France 

UVA in Lyon (Semester) 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg 

 

Greece 

UVA Exchange: American College of Greece 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Italy 

Temple University: Italy: Rome* 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

 

Spain 

St. Louis University in Madrid 

 

United Kingdom 

January Term: UVA in London, The Theatrical City 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Kent 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in London: Culture of London: Past and Present 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Tasmania 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

 

New Zealand 

Arcadia: New Zealand: Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington 

* Internship available

Student Testimonial

"My academic experience abroad has made me more confident in the academic path I plan to pursue upon returning to the University of Virginia. One course in particular perfectly combined my major (English) and my minor (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) in an interesting way...This excited me because I felt that, if I could be this invested in a course about a literary period I do not usually research, I could be even more invested in this course of study when applying it to periods I find more interesting.... I credit this particular course in my study abroad program as a major influence in my decision to pursue a higher degree by fine tuning interests cultivated as an undergraduate." — Corinne Johnson, UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow


 

Environmental Sciences

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

The Environmental Sciences department views international education as an integral component to its students’ education. Students must be prepared to embrace both the challenges and the exciting opportunities of our global community and to be enriched by programs that involve them with the people, cultures, and environment of our neighbors worldwide. There are a wide variety of opportunities offered to EVSC students; they can integrate a semester, year, or short-term program into their academic plan, earning both major credit or general elective credit towards their UVA degree.

Academic & Timing Considerations

The Department hopes that majors will take courses in Environmental Sciences beyond the number which are required, and that students will take advantage of course offerings abroad to enhance and expand upon the courses offered by the Department on grounds. The Department will allow up to six transfer credits earned abroad to be transferred towards major requirements. Direct credit courses are exempted from the six credit limit. Courses for major credit must be pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs of Environmental Sciences.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Madagascar 

SIT: Madagascar: Antalaha: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management^ 

 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

 

Tanzania 

SIT: Tanzania: Arusha: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology^ 

Asia 

Cambodia 

SFS: Cambodia: Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation^ 

Caribbean 

Bahamas 

UVA in the Bahamas: Marine Biology 

Europe 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

Latin America 

Costa Rica 

CIEE: Costa Rica: Monteverde: Tropical Ecology and Conservation (summer) 

 

Costa Rica 

SFS: Costa Rica: Atenas: Sustainable Development Studies^ 

 

Ecuador 

SIT: Ecuador: Quito: Comparative Ecology and Conservation^ 

 

Panama 

SIT: Panama: Panama City: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation^ 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Rainforest Management Studies (summer)^ 

 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Rainforest to Reef^ 

 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Watersheds of the Wet Tropics (summer)^ 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

 

New Zealand 

EcoQuest^ 

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

“My decision to study abroad was one of the greatest choices I made with regards to my academic career. While in New Zealand, I enrolled in a marine science class that I received major credit for and that allowed me to travel to a marine conservatory where I spent a weekend on the water studying New Zealand’s aquatic habitats… I also traveled to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia where I embarked on a 3 day live-aboard trip. Finally, I ...ventured to Fiji where I was able to dive in coral reefs surrounding all the islands. Being able to travel to three new coral reef systems not only opened my eyes to environments outside of the Northern Hemisphere, but also allowed me to compare and contrast those environments with each other and other reefs I had been to in the U.S. and the Bahamas.” — Jason Truwit, Environmental Science: UVA in the Bahamas and UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 


 

Environmental Thought & Practice

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Cambodia 

SFS: Cambodia: Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation^ 

 

Mongolia 

SIT: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment^ 

 

Vietnam 

January Term: UVA in Vietnam: An Ecological-Economic Exploration 

Caribbean 

Bahamas 

UVA in the Bahamas: Marine Biology 

Europe 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Freiburg: Environmental Studies & Sustainability 

Latin America 

Costa Rica 

CIEE: Costa Rica: Monteverde: Tropical Ecology and Conservation 

 

Costa Rica 

SFS: Costa Rica: Food Systems: Sustainability and Conservation 

 

Ecuador 

IES: Ecuador: Quito: Environmental Studies (Summer) 

 

Ecuador 

SIT: Ecuador: Quito: Comparative Ecology and Conservation^ 

 

Guatemala 

UVA in Guatemala: Public Health, Engineering and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Community Development 

 

Panama 

SIT: Panama: Panama City: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation^ 

Oceania 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Rainforest Management Studies (summer)^ 

 

Australia 

SIT: Australia: Byron Bay: Sustainability and Environmental Action^ 

^ Fieldwork/field study available


 

European Studies (MA)

Advising

Annia Dowell-Wiltshire ([email protected]) is the primary Education Abroad Advisor for European Studies students. Schedule an appointment with her online.

You should also make an appointment with the country-specific advisor for your program of interest.

Course Approvals

For European Studies course approvals, contact:

Prof. Manuela Achilles | [email protected] | (434) 924-7091 | New Cabell Hall 233

International Opportunities

The M.A. in European Studies program has established relationships with the following programs for the fall semester exchange:

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Europe 

France 

UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2: MA in European Studies 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Freie Universität Berlin: MA in European Studies 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University: MA in European Studies 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: Queen's University Belfast: MA in European Studies 

Additional exchanges may become available in future terms.


 

French

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

Whether you’re considering a major or minor in French or want to improve your French skills while studying another subject, you are probably aware of the importance of education abroad to your field. As a student working towards language acquisition, spending time abroad in an immersion setting is crucial to developing proficiency and confidence in speaking that cannot be matched elsewhere. In addition to honing your language skills, time in a French-speaking country will allow you to gain greater cultural understanding and a more nuanced perspective on both your host culture and home country.

Academic & Timing Considerations

To ensure a well-integrated study abroad experience, the department and the International Studies Office recommend planning early in your academic career. Depending on the type of education abroad program you select, you may receive direct or transfer credit for the courses you complete abroad. Up to twelve credits toward the French major may be earned in approved foreign study programs, and up to six credits may be earned toward a French minor. Courses which students seek to take for major or minor credit must be pre-approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Program of French.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Madagascar 

SIT: Madagascar: Antalaha: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management^ 

 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development* 

Europe 

France 

UVA Exchange: Sciences Po LILLE 

 

France 

UVA Exchange: Sciences Po PARIS 

 

France 

UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2 

 

France 

Middlebury College: France: Bordeaux 

 

Switzerland 

SIT: Switzerland: Geneva: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy^ 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"When people ask me about my time in France, I can only begin to explain how much my study abroad experience meant to me.  I accomplished all that I went to Lyon for and more than I could have imagined. I became much better at French, and I gained a lot of confidence in my speaking abilities. I learned to handle and perhaps even embrace change. I surprised myself by how many new experiences I welcomed and how much I traveled throughout France and Europe in general (I think I surprised my family as well).  I made friends from the University of Virginia that I might never have met otherwise and even friends from other countries." — Genevieve Huss, French and Foreign Affairs: UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2


 

German

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Europe 

Austria 

January Term: UVA in Vienna and Prague: The Jewish Experience 

 

Austria 

IES: Austria: Vienna: Culture & Society* 

 

Germany 

January Term: UVA in Munich and Berlin: Germany, Past and Present 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Freie Universität Berlin 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Humboldt University 

 

Germany 

UVA in Germany: Global Technology Practice 

 

Germany 

Freie Universitat Berlin: Germany: European Studies Program 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Berlin: Language & Area Studies* 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Berlin: Language & Culture (summer) 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Freiburg: Language & Area Studies 

* Internship available

Student Testimonial

"Last semester I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany through the UVA exchange, and also had the chance to intern at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin through the Department of State. While there, I got to take lots of interesting classes, experience a new culture, and learn from new perspectives...After studying abroad I feel 100% confident that I can live, work or travel in a foreign country and I have close friends and connections from all over the world. Studying abroad really made me realize what I want to do later on in life, and it’s nice to feel like I have a second hometown in Freiburg that I can return to." — Susannah Gilmore, UVA Exchange: Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg


 

Global Development Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

How societies approach and deal with development varies greatly around the globe and there is a lot to learn from exploring these different approaches. By studying abroad, Global Development Studies majors will have the opportunity to gain a wider perspective on the current global struggles and successes with development policy and practice. Many programs offer the opportunity to conduct field research or participate in an internship which allows students to gain practical experience outside of the classroom and expand their professional network. International education should be an integral component of your education to prepare you for our global community.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Global development studies students are encouraged to study abroad in the second semester of their third year. Elective course requirements can be fulfilled abroad. Students should select their program and courses in consultation with a GDS faculty advisor, who will help the student put together coursework which will culminate in a research paper for GDS 4991. GDS majors have to complete one language course beyond the 2020 level which is easily accomplished during a semester abroad.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Morocco 

SIT: Morocco: Rabat: Migration and Transnational Identity^ 

 

Morocco 

SIT: Morocco: Rabat: Multiculturalism and Human Rights^ 

 

Rwanda 

SIT: Rwanda: Kigali: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding^ 

 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development* 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Social and Political Transformation 

 

Uganda 

SIT: Uganda: Kampala: Development Studies 

Asia 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India* 

 

Mongolia 

SIT: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment^ 

 

Vietnam 

SIT: Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development^ 

Europe 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Serbia 

SIT: Serbia: Belgrade: Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans^ 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: London: SOAS, University of London 

Latin America 

Argentina 

IFSA: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Argentine Universities Program 

 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Social Movements and Human Rights^ 

 

Ecuador 

University of Minnesota: Ecuador: MSID-International Development in Ecuador* 

Middle East 

Jordan 

SIT: Jordan: Amman: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East 

Multiple 

 

SIT: IHP: Health and Community (Fall 1Fall 2Spring 1, or Spring 2

Oceania 

Fiji 

UW Madison-Platteville: Fiji: University of the South Pacific^ 

 

Samoa 

SIT: Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania^ 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"My time in Morocco was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. Each day was a new adventure filled with delicious food, amazing history, breathtaking scenery, and some of the world’s friendliest people. Living with a host family allowed me to more fully engage with traditional Moroccan culture and talk to Moroccan people directly about pressing social issues within their country. As a GDS major, I was able to ground my complex experiences and conversations in a cultural framework that allowed me to better understand the beautiful country I was living in. Studying abroad in Morocco gave me the invaluable opportunity to supplement the abstract and theoretical concepts of GDS with concrete global examples." –Alexis Alvarez, Global Development Studies major, SIT Morocco


 

Global Environments & Sustainability

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Madagascar 

SIT: Madagascar: Antalaha: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management^ 

 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development* 

 

Tanzania 

SIT: Tanzania: Arusha: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology^ 

 

Tanzania 

SIT: Tanzania: Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management^ 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Humanities and Social Science 

 

Mongolia 

SIT: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment^ 

Caribbean 

Turks and Caicos 

SFS: Turks & Caicos: Marine Megafauna (summer)^ 

 

Turks and Caicos 

SFS: Turks & Caicos: Marine Resource Studies^ 

Europe 

Denmark 

UVA Commerce: Sustainable Practices in Denmark 

 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Freiburg: Environmental Studies & Sustainability 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Sweden 

UVA in Sweden: Global Sustainability Consulting 

  United Kingdom UVA Architecture: Healthy & Sustainable Europe: United Kingdom

Latin America 

Costa Rica 

CIEE: Costa Rica: Monteverde: Tropical Ecology and Conservation^ 

 

Costa Rica 

CIEE: Costa Rica: Monteverde: Tropical Ecology and Conservation (summer)^ 

 

Ecuador 

IES: Ecuador: Quito: Environmental Studies (Summer) 

 

Ecuador 

SIT: Ecuador: Quito: Comparative Ecology and Conservation^ 

 

Ecuador 

University of Minnesota: Ecuador: MSID-International Development in Ecuador 

 

Panama 

SIT: Panama: Panama City: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation^ 

Multiple 

 

UVA Architecture: Sustainable Europe 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Tasmania 

 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Rainforest Management Studies (summer)^ 

 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Rainforest to Reef^ 

 

Australia 

SFS: Australia: Watersheds of the Wet Tropics (summer)^ 

 

Australia 

SIT: Australia: Byron Bay: Sustainability and Environmental Action^ 

 

Australia 

SIT: Australia: Cairns: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology^ 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

 

New Zealand 

EcoQuest 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available


 

Global Public Health

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development* 

 

South Africa 

UVA in South Africa: Cape Town: Public Health Sciences 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Community Health and Social Policy 

Asia 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India* 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Cyprus 

Global Semesters: Cyprus: Health Sciences (summer) 

 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Global Health* 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Madrid: Language & Area Studies 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in St. Andrews: Science for Health Professions 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Brighton: University of Sussex 

Latin America 

Chile 

IES: Chile: Santiago: Health Studies (Summer)^ 

 

Ecuador 

University of Minnesota: Ecuador: MSID-International Development in Ecuador* 

 

Guatemala 

UVA in Guatemala: Public Health, Engineering and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Community Development 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

IFSA: Australia: Brisbane: Griffith University 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology (QUT)* 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"Public Health is more than just one’s well being and visits to the hospital. This trip so far has highlighted even more the need to address the social determinants of health and a community based model in order to efficiently, culturally, and effectively improve the health of a population...I am forever grateful for my experience in St. Kitts and Nevis because it shows me that there is good in the world and there is more work that needs to be done." — Shadelle Gregory, UVA in St. Kitts & Nevis: Public Health Sciences


 

Global Security & Justice

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Morocco 

SIT: Morocco: Rabat: Multiculturalism and Human Rights^ 

 

Rwanda 

SIT: Rwanda: Kigali: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding^ 

 

Uganda and Rwanda 

SIT: Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict in the Lake Victoria Basin (summer)^ 

Asia 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India* 

 

Vietnam 

SIT: Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development^ 

Europe 

Serbia 

SIT: Serbia: Belgrade: Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace^ and Conflict Studies in the Balkans 

 

Switzerland 

SIT: Switzerland: Geneva: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy^ 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

Hansard Scholars Programme: United Kingdom: London 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Belfast: Queen's University Belfast 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Belfast: University of Ulster 

 

United Kingdom 

London School of Economics Summer School 

Middle East 

Israel 

Ben-Gurion University: Israel: Beer-Sheva: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program 

 

Israel 

University of Haifa: Israel: Haifa: International School 

 

Jordan 

CIEE: Jordan: Amman: Middle East Studies* 

 

Jordan 

SIT: Jordan: Amman: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East^ 

 

Jordan 

SIT: Jordan: Amman: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action^ 

Multiple 

 

SIT: IHP: Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy^ 

South America 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Social Movements and Human Rights^ 

 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

IES: Australia: Sydney: University of Sydney 

 

New Zealand 

Arcadia: New Zealand: Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available


 

Global Studies: Middle East & South Asia

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

By studying abroad, Global Studies - Middle East and South Asia majors will have the opportunity to gain in-depth experience with the history, culture, language, and politics of the Middle East (ME) and South Asia (SA), as well as large-scale issues that face our globalizing world. A natural extension of the GSMS major, study abroad afford students the opportunity to engage with multiple world-views that may redefine how we understand what is global and how we should think about what are they key questions and challenges.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Global Studies Middle East and South Asia (GSMS) students are encouraged to study abroad in the second semester of their third year (in some cases, first semester of their fourth year may also be possible with special approval from the College). Regional and Global elective course requirements and language course requirements can be fulfilled abroad. Students should select their program and courses in consultation with the GSMS faculty advisor, who will help the student put together coursework which may culminate in a research paper for GSMS 4991. A maximum of 12 study abroad and domestic transfer credits are allowed, with the permission of the major advisor. Students are encouraged to think broadly about programs in the Middle East and South Asia, and programs situated elsewhere (eg. Europe) that address ME-SA regional or global issues.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. See the Program Search on our website for a full approved list of programs. Students who identify a program outside of the approved list may submit a petition application for the identified program

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Egypt 

UVA Exchange: American University in Cairo

 

Morocco 

UVA in Morocco: Arabic Language

 

Morocco 

UVA in Morocco: Participatory Development in Practice* 

Asia 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India* 

Europe 

France 

UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2

 

France 

UVA in Lyon (Semester)

 

Spain 

CIEE: Spain: Seville: Advanced Liberal Arts

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Granada

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Birmingham 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: London: SOAS, University of London

Middle East 

Israel 

Ben-Gurion University: Israel: Beer-Sheva: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program

 

Jordan 

January Term: UVA in Jordan: Cultural Authenticity in a Modern Middle Eastern Society 

 

Jordan 

SIT: Jordan: Amman: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East*

 

Jordan 

SIT: Jordan: Amman: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action*

Multiple 

 

FIE: Ireland and Jordan: Conflict and the Struggle for Peace*

 

 

SIT: IHP: Health and Community (Fall 1Fall 2Spring 1, or Spring 2)* 

 

 

SIT: IHP: Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy*

 

 

SIT: Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean*~

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

* Field study/Internship available

~ Language study in Hindi/Urdu, Persian, Arabic, and/or Hebrew available


 

History

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for History, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Italian Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Europe 

Italy 

January Term: UVA in Italy: Love Affair with Tuscany 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Florence: General Studies (in affiliation with ISI) 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Siena (in affiliation with CET) 

 

Italy 

Arcadia: Italy: Umbra Institute 

 

Italy 

Arcadia: Italy: Umbra Institute (summer) 

 

Italy 

IES: Italy: Rome: Internship (summer)* 

 

Italy 

IES: Italy: Rome: Language & Area Studies* 

 

Italy 

Temple University: Italy: Rome* 

* Internship available

Student Testimonial

“Studying abroad in Italy was not just a vacation: it was an incredible experience that shaped me in almost every facet. Experiencing Italian culture allowed me to analyze the art more deeply and obtain an Italian perspective...Going abroad also allowed me to learn a language I probably would have never been able to master in the United States. In Siena, not many people speak English...and that charming factor forced me to speak Italian in order to communicate...I certainly attribute my experience in Sienna to the person I am today.” — Taylor Wilson, Italian Studies and Art History: UVA in Siena


 

Japanese Language & Literature

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For Japanese Language & Literature major or minor course approvals, contact the Japanese major advisors

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Japan 

UVA Exchange: Hitotsubashi University 

 

Japan 

UVA Exchange: Waseda University 

 

Japan 

IES: Japan: Tokyo: Language & Culture 

 

Japan 

J.F. Oberlin University: Japan: Reconnaissance Japan Program 

 

Japan 

Japan Center for Michigan Universities: Hikone: Summer Intensive Language & Culture 

 

Japan 

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) 

 

Japan 

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) (summer) 

 

Japan 

Nanzan University: Summer Japanese Program 

 

Japan 

Waseda University: Summer Session 

Student Testimonial

"Being in the heart of Tokyo is such a surreal sensation. I've been here for a month already, and it's still hard to acknowledge the reality of it all. Everyone knows Tokyo is a big city, but it's impossible to imagine what it's actually like to live here until you have firsthand experience. I'm living with a host family in Shibuya-- home to the busiest pedestrian crosswalk in the world-- so I have to take the subway to Waseda every morning along with the rest of the rush hour crowd. As scary as it was for me to plunge myself into such a crazy environment, the transition was surprisingly simple." — Christopher Crowe, UVA Exchange: Waseda University


 

Jewish Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Up to six credits from abroad may be counted toward the Jewish Studies major. The department will allow one course (three credits) to be counted toward the Jewish Studies minor. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Europe 

Austria and the Czech Republic 

January Term: UVA in Vienna and Prague: The Jewish Experience 

 

France 

IFE: France: Paris: Field Study and Internship*^ 

 

France 

IFE: France: Strasbourg: Field Study and Internship Program*^ 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Berlin: Language & Area Studies 

 

Germany 

Wayne State University: Germany: Junior Year in Munich 

 

Spain 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Spain: Seville (Summer)^ 

  United Kingdom IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Cambridge: Cambridge University 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, Hertford College 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, Mansfield College 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, St. Anne's College 

Middle East 

Israel 

Ben-Gurion University: Israel: Beer-Sheva: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program 

 

Israel 

University of Haifa: Israel: Haifa: International School 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available


 

Latin American Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Caribbean 

Cuba 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Cuba: Havana: Integrated Studies Program 

Central America 

Costa Rica 

UVA in Costa Rica 

 

Costa Rica 

IFSA: Costa Rica: Heredia: Universidad Nacional 

Europe 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

South America 

Argentina 

IES: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Latin American Societies and Cultures 

 

Argentina 

IFSA: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Argentine Universities Program 

 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Public Health in Urban Environments^ 

 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Social Movements and Human Rights^ 

 

Argentina 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Argentina: Cordoba: Integrated Spanish Studies* 

 

Brazil 

CET: Brazil: São Paulo: Social Justice & Inequality 

 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Santiago: Chilean Universities Program 

 

Chile 

SIT: Chile: Valparaiso: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development^ 

 

Chile 

Washington University in St. Louis: Chile: Santiago 

 

Ecuador 

SIT: Ecuador: Quito: Development, Politics, and Languages^ 

 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"Having never been to Latin America before my study abroad experience, I was incredibly excited and nervous at the same time. My six months in Latin America was incredibly transformative and eyeopening about not just Latin America but also my own experiences in the US. Living in one of the largest cities in Latin America and gave me insight into Chile's economic growth and allowed me to experience a different pace of life. After my time in Chile, I am confidently able to socialize or learn entirely in Spanish. Before studying abroad, I knew I enjoyed the Spanish language and was interested in Latin America, but it wasn't until I fully immersed myself in the culture that I gained a deep appreciation and fondness for the region." — Logan Petkosek, Washington University in St. Louis: Santiago


 

Linguistics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences 

Asia 

China 

UVA Exchange: Fudan University 

 

Japan 

UVA Exchange: Waseda University 

 

South Korea 

UVA Exchange: Korea University 

Europe 

France 

UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2 

 

France 

UVA in Lyon (Semester) 

 

Germany 

Wayne State University: Germany: Junior Year in Munich* 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: London: SOAS, University of London 

Latin America 

Chile 

Washington University in St. Louis: Chile: Santiago 

 

Cuba 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Cuba: Havana: Integrated Studies Program 

 

Ecuador 

IES: Ecuador: Quito: Area Studies & Language 

 

Ecuador 

IES: Ecuador: Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Perth: University of Western Australia 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

* Internship available


 

Mathematics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Mathematics, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Media Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Austria 

IES: Austria: Vienna: Culture & Society 

 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

France 

UVA in Lyon (Semester) 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Irish Studies*^ 

 

Italy 

IES: Italy: Rome: Film & Media Studies 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

 

Spain 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Spain: Seville: Integrated Studies Program* 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Nottingham: Spring Term 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

CIEE: United Kingdom: Goldsmiths, University of London 

 

United Kingdom 

London School of Economics General Course 

Multiple 

 

Semester at Sea 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"An incredible and unforgettable event that I went to with my suite was the Lunar New Year celebrations next to Marina Bay Sands. Being within a crowd of red and seeing the vibrancy of the celebrations with the music, food, and dance in the background was electric. Many families and couples were out and about to celebrate. There were so many beautiful lanterns that glowed throughout the night...It’s a couple weeks later and the celebrations are still going on strong. I am so glad to be in Singapore during such a festive time. The city is decorated beautifully in celebration of the New Year to bring in prosperity for the coming year. It truly feels as if the holiday season never really stopped after leaving the U.S." — Renae Meana, UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore


 

Medieval Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Medieval Studies, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Middle Eastern Languages & Culture

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Middle Eastern Languages & Culture, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Music

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences* 

 

Senegal 

SIT: Senegal: Dakar: Hip-hop, African Diaspora and Decolonial Futures^ 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

Indonesia 

SIT: Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change^ 

Europe 

Austria 

IES: Austria: Vienna: Music* 

 

France 

Middlebury College: France: Paris 

 

Greece 

UVA Exchange: American College of Greece 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Surrey 

Latin America 

Argentina 

IES: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Latin American Societies and Cultures* 

 

Costa Rica 

IFSA: Costa Rica: Heredia: Universidad Nacional 

Middle East 

Egypt 

UVA Exchange: American University in Cairo 

Multiple 

 

Semester at Sea 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"The best part of studying at DEREE was my immersion in modern Greek culture. The students and faculty were incredibly welcoming, helping me to feel as if I belonged in their creative community too. From attending local gigs in downtown Athens to performing ancient Greek music myself, my semester...forced me to push the bounds of my artistry in an area of music I previously had known nothing about. To get to learn it all in a modern city with such a rich history is quite literally the experience of a lifetime." — Hannah Thompson, UVA Exchange: American College of Greece


 

Neuroscience

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Neuroscience, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Philosophy

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Philosophy majors may count up to six transfer credits in philosophy courses towards the major, but transfer credits cannot be used to satisfy any of the major requirements listed on the department web page. Students must consult the Director of Undergraduate Programs for approval prior to study abroad.

Planning ahead is key to finding a program that meets your academic and personal goals. We encourage you to start planning for your international experience as early as first year, and recommend that you meet with your academic advisor as well as an education abroad advisor.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Trinity College Dublin 

 

Ireland 

IFSA: Ireland: Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Spain 

St. Louis University in Madrid 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Birmingham 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of St. Andrews 

 

United Kingdom 

IES: United Kingdom: London: University College London 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Brighton: University of Sussex 

Latin America 

Argentina 

IES: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Advanced Spanish Immersion 

 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Santiago: Chilean Universities Program 

 

Chile 

Washington University in St. Louis: Chile: Santiago 

 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

Multiple 

 

Semester at Sea 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 


 

Physics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Physics, however you can still study abroad in this major. Review the Physics Department's Study Abroad Guide. You can use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Political & Social Thought

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Political & Social Thought, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Political Philosophy, Policy & Law

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Political Philosophy, Policy & Law, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Politics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Politics majors may apply up to six credits of transfer credit to the major.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Social and Political Transformation^ 

Asia 

China 

CET: China: Shanghai: Chinese Studies and Internship* 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Humanities and Social Science 

 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India*^ 

 

Mongolia 

SIT: Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment^ 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

France 

UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Freiburg: European Union* 

 

Ireland and Jordan 

FIE: Ireland and Jordan: Conflict and the Struggle for Peace 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Siena (in affiliation with CET) 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in Oxford 

Latin America 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Social Movements and Human Rights^ 

 

Costa Rica 

IFSA: Costa Rica: Heredia: Universidad Nacional 

 

Cuba 

Arcadia: Cuba: University of Havana (Summer) 

Middle East 

Egypt 

UVA Exchange: American University in Cairo 

 

Jordan 

CIEE: Jordan: Amman: Middle East Studies* 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"My choice to study abroad has been one of my best experiences since coming to the University of Virginia. While in Costa Rica, I was able to directly enroll in courses taught in Spanish about Costa Rican politics. I studied the government directly and interacted weekly with foreign officials. My program secured an internship for me in the Ministry of Foreign Commerce that granted me further insight into the politics of the country. My Semester at Sea experience afforded me the opportunity to interact with members of the US State Department at various ports of call as well as local government officials. This exposure allowed me to better understand the work of US diplomats abroad as well as to compare and contrast political institutions from around the world through direct observation.” — Abe Wapner, Semester at Sea and IFSA: Costa Rica: Heredia: Universidad Nacional


 

Pre-Commerce

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently discipline-specific advising information for Pre-Commerce, however you can still study abroad as a Pre-Commerce student. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the track, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

Pre-Commerce students may also find it helpful to review the Study Abroad programs available to students enrolled in the McIntire School of Commerce. 


 

Pre-Health

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

Health professional admissions committees have expressed the opinion that study abroad offers students an opportunity to broaden their undergraduate experience, especially by developing a student’s maturity and cultural awareness. 

There are numerous education abroad programs that offer a tailored curriculum to the health fields, as well as the chance for practical experience, such as clinical observations and hospital visits that will augment your understanding of an-other country’s healthcare system as well as your own country’s system.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Planning ahead is key to identifying a study abroad program that meets your goals as a pre-health student, particularly if you want to participate in a semester-long program. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study and engage in service opportunities or clinical environments in foreign cultures. When planning your coursework abroad, Pre-Health Advisors do NOT recommend taking your pre-health pre-requisite courses unless they are for direct UVA credit. However, you are encouraged to take non pre-requisite science or non-science coursework that will broaden your knowledge and skill set. Additionally, while there are circumstances when science pre-requisite coursework during the summer can be justified, Pre-Health Advisors most commonly discourage taking science pre-requisite coursework during the summer if you plan to study abroad during the academic year. Students on the Pre-Health track are encouraged to connect with a Pre-Health Advisor as part of their planning process. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development*

 

South Africa 

UVA in South Africa: Cape Town: Public Health Sciences^

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Community Health and Social Policy^

Asia 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India^

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Cyprus 

Global Semesters: Cyprus: Health Sciences (summer) 

 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark^

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Global Health 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Pre-Health 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Madrid: Engineering, Math & Science*

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Nottingham 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in St. Andrews: Science for Health Professions 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Brighton: University of Sussex 

Latin America 

Chile 

IES: Chile: Santiago: Health Studies (Summer)^

 

Chile 

SIT: Chile: Arica: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment*

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Melbourne: Monash University 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

“The reason I have chosen to major in Spanish instead of Chemistry or Biology is because I am interested in working with underserved groups- such as the rapidly growing Hispanic population. Therefore, the UVA Hispanic Studies Program was perfect for my interests; I was able to enroll in a course called Comparative Healthcare Systems, as well as Spanish for Healthcare Professionals. I never thought I would find a way to combine my passion for Spanish with my desire to help people through healthcare..” — Jeffery Roberson, Spanish major, UVA in Valencia: Summer


 

Pre-Law

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently discipline-specific advising information for pre-Law, however you can still study abroad as a Pre-Law student. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Subject area search by “Law” to find relevant results. Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the track, but it will provide a helpful place to start. You may also find it helpful to speak with a Pre-Law Advisor


 

Psychology

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

Asia 

South Korea 

UVA Exchange: Seoul National University 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Ireland 

UVA Exchange: University College Dublin 

 

Italy 

Arcadia: Italy: Umbra Institute 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Barcelona: Liberal Arts & Business 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Brighton: University of Sussex 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, Hertford College 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, St. Anne's College 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, St. Catherine's College 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: Oxford: University of Oxford, St. Edmund Hall 

Multiple 

 

Semester at Sea 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

Student Testimonial

“Amsterdam...brought to life what I've learned about in psychology and anthropology classes at UVA: though some things are innate to the human experience, how we construct meaning from events and social encounters is dependent on the culture in which we are raised...I took psychology classes on the Ethics of Privacy, Prosocial Behavior and Volunteerism, and Organizational Culture and Change, all of which gave me a unique perspective on the field of psychology that I would not have gotten at UVA. I always assumed I would go into clinical or developmental psychology, but these classes showed me in a very concrete way how else psychology could be applied in the work force. I learned so much about psychology, myself, and different cultures while abroad, and it was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything.” — Julia Rauen, UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam


Religious Studies

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

CIEE: Ghana: Legon: Arts and Sciences 

 

South Africa 

CIEE: South Africa: Cape Town: Arts and Sciences Program 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Humanities and Social Science 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

 

South Korea 

UVA Exchange: Seoul National University 

Europe 

France 

UVA in Lyon (Semester) 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg 

 

Ireland 

IES: Ireland: Dublin: Trinity College Dublin 

 

Italy 

IES: Italy: Rome: Language & Area Studies 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Birmingham 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh 

 

United Kingdom 

IFSA: United Kingdom: London: SOAS, University of London 

Multiple 

 

January Term: UVA in Vienna and Prague: The Jewish Experience 

 

 

Semester at Sea 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

IES: Australia: Sydney: University of Sydney 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

 

New Zealand 

Arcadia: New Zealand: Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington 

Student Testimonial

"What is remarkable...is the coexistence of both of these religions in harmony... Korea has had a history of religious acceptance, especially of foreign religions, and the divide between Christianity and Buddhism is about fifty- fifty... This has created a society where Buddhist temples and Christian churches sit virtually side-by-side without the slightest hint of animosity… Currently, there are quite a lot religious conflicts spread across the world, and these conflicts are some of the most difficult to resolve. Therefore, to see a country and culture like Korea where two religions can coexist, sans conflict, gives me hope that those conflicts have some sort of resolution...." — Jonathan Thomas, UVA Exchange: Seoul National University


 

Slavic Languages & Literature

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations.

There is not currently major-specific advising information for Slavic Language and Literature, however you can still study abroad in this major. Use the program search on our website to find programs offering courses in relevant subject areas (see the Subject Area menu under Parameters). Subject area search by “Russian” and/or “Polish” to find relevant results. Not all programs found in the program search may be recommended by the department, but it will provide a helpful place to start. 

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs


 

Sociology

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

For students in sociology, an international experience can add deeper insight to the discipline and their studies at UVA. Studying abroad exposes sociology students to new perspectives and ideas, allowing you to be better equipped in research and applying theory. There are a wide variety of opportunities available for coursework abroad in sociology. Students can integrate a semester, year, or short-term program into their academic plan, earning both major credit or general elective credit towards their UVA degree.

Academic & Timing Considerations

For the major, the Sociology Department will allow up to six credits earned abroad to transfer towards requirements. Students seeking approval for major credit must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Programs of Sociology on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the courses which are considered for transfer cannot be substituted for SOC 3020, 3120, or 4000 level courses. To ensure a well-integrated study abroad experience, the Sociology department and the International Studies Office recommends planning early in your academic career.

Students with a declared sociology minor may not use study abroad credit for their minor requirements

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Ghana 

SIT: Ghana: Accra: Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic^ 

 

South Africa 

SIT: South Africa: Durban: Community Health and Social Policy^ 

Asia 

China 

IFSA: China: Shanghai: 21st Century City^ 

 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: University of Hong Kong 

 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India* 

 

Japan 

IES: Japan: Tokyo: Language & Culture^ 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA in Oxford 

Latin America 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Santiago: Chilean Universities Program 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

IES: Australia: Sydney Internship* 

 

Samoa 

SIT: Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania^ 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

“I went into Egypt simply wanting to do something different for study abroad than the typical Europe or Australia trip, but my time there has affected me so much greater than I could have imagined. Before I went to Cairo I was interested in a career that would help students get abroad, but since my program, my career goals have become much more focused. No longer is my goal to simply get students abroad, but rather get them to places that will completely shake up their sense of what normal is and get outside their comfort zone…” — Kaye Stansbury, UVA Exchange: American University in Cairo


 

Spanish

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

All three tracks (General, Literature & Culture and Linguistics & Philology) of the Spanish major include three core courses, a grammar course (3010 or 4010, depending upon departmental placement), Texts & Interpretation (SPAN 3300), and at least one survey course (SPAN 3400-3430). In order to count for the major or minor, these courses must be taken at UVa or in a program recommended, not merely approved (see above), by the Spanish Department.

  • Students who study in a recommended program may count up to 15 credits per semester of study abroad or 24 credits per year of study abroad toward their Spanish major.
  • Students who study in an approved program in Spain or Latin America may count up to nine (9) credits for a semester of study abroad or 15 credits for a year of study abroad toward their Spanish major.
  • Students may count up to nine (9) credits of study abroad toward their Spanish minor.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Caribbean 

Cuba 

Arcadia: Cuba: University of Havana (Summer) 

 

Cuba 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Cuba: Havana: Integrated Studies Program 

Central America 

Costa Rica 

UVA in Costa Rica 

 

Costa Rica 

IFSA: Costa Rica: Heredia: Universidad Nacional 

Europe 

Spain 

UVA in Valencia: Language and Culture* 

 

Spain 

CIEE: Spain: Seville: Advanced Liberal Arts 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Granada* 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Madrid: Language & Area Studies* 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Salamanca* 

 

Spain 

IES: Spain: Salamanca (Summer - Session I or Session II

 

Spain 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Spain: Seville (Summer) 

 

Spain 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Spain: Seville: Integrated Studies Program 

 

Spain 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Spain: Seville: Spanish Studies Program 

South America 

Argentina 

IES: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Advanced Spanish Immersion* 

 

Argentina 

IFSA: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Argentine Universities Program 

 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Social Movements and Human Rights^ 

 

Argentina 

SIT: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Transnationalism and Comparative Development in South America^ 

 

Argentina 

Spanish Studies Abroad: Argentina: Cordoba: Integrated Spanish Studies* 

 

Chile 

IFSA: Chile: Santiago: Chilean Universities Program 

 

Chile 

Washington University in St. Louis: Chile: Santiago 

 

Ecuador 

IES: Ecuador: Quito: Area Studies & Language* 

 

Ecuador 

SIT: Ecuador: Quito: Development, Politics, and Languages^ 

 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

* Internship available

^ Fieldwork/field study available

Student Testimonial

"I studied abroad my entire third year at UVA, my fall semester in Buenos Aires and my spring in Valencia. Beyond the obvious opportunities afforded me by my study abroad experience—like achieving fluency in a foreign language, completing my Spanish major, and playing tourist in uncharted territories—study abroad was perhaps most instrumental in forcing me outside of my comfort zone to confront new experiences, persons, and ways of thinking. It was good, bad, awkward, weird, amazing, instructive, frustrating, happy, unsettling, and fulfilling all wrapped up into one. It was a kaleidoscope of experiences." — Ilona de Zamarozcy, NYU in Argentina and UVA in Valencia


 

Statistics

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Benefits of an International Experience

For students of a major as widely applicable as statistics, the world is their stage. Education abroad prepares students to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the global community. A discipline in statistics teaches you that much of life is about exploring unknowns through constants and variables, and an experience in study abroad contextualizes that.

Academic & Timing Considerations

Planning ahead is key to finding a program that meets your academic and personal goals. Typically up to six credits from abroad may be counted toward the Statistics major, although it is possible to petition for a third course on a case-by-case basis. The department will allow one course (three credits) to be counted toward the minor. To obtain course approvals for major or minor credit, you need to meet with the director of undergraduate studies in Statistics prior to committing to a program.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: School of Science 

 

Singapore 

UVA Exchange: National University of Singapore 

Europe 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Humboldt University 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Kent 

Latin America 

Peru 

IFSA: Peru: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Queensland 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Perth: University of Western Australia 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

Student Testimonial

"My time in Korea was an amazing experience that could not be traded for the world. Seoul is an incredible city -what really should be considered multiple cities where different experiences are bound with fantastic public transportation that can take you anywhere. It is a place that is constantly buzzing with life, but also easy to find a peaceful escape; a place with jaw dropping mountains and oceans, but also with unbelievable nightlife. The locals were kind and always ready to help out, and there were dedicated students already at the university eager to show the best parts of the city and its lifestyle. I have gained a sense of the broader world and learned to step outside of my comfort zone, a critical skill, I believe, for a discipline as widely appreciated and easily applicable as statistics." — Youbeen Shim, Korea University


 

Studio Art

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Asia 

Hong Kong 

UVA Exchange: The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Europe 

France 

Middlebury College: France: Paris 

 

Germany 

IES: Germany: Freiburg: Language & Area Studies* 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Florence: General Studies (in affiliation with ISI) 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Photography and Italian Art History 

 

Spain 

St. Louis University in Madrid 

 

United Kingdom 

UVA Exchange: University of Glasgow 

 

United Kingdom 

Arcadia: United Kingdom: Museum Studies Internship Program* 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Melbourne 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of Tasmania 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Auckland 

 

New Zealand 

Arcadia: New Zealand: Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington 

* Internship available

Student Testimonial

"Spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy as a Studio Art major was the ideal situation in which to not only enhance my studio practice and research interests through in situ studies, but also to gain a sense of crosscultural understanding. With the guidance of the faculty at ISI Florence, I was able to experiment with the fresco secco and buon fresco techniques used by the Old Masters, examine the minutest details of Botticelli and Filippo Lippi masterpieces at the Uffizi, all while picking up Italian and engaging with the Florentine community. My experience in Florence afforded me a sense of global citizenship and inspired me to continue my career goals abroad after graduation.” — Shannah Rose, Studio Art and Art History Major: ISI Florence


 

Women, Gender & Sexuality

Review the Information for all majors in the College section above for general information about the benefits of an international experience and academic and timing considerations. 

Academic & Timing Considerations

Students who declare a major or minor in WGS can count up to six upper-level credits from their study abroad experience towards requirements.

Course Approvals

For College major or minor course approvals, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs

Selected International Opportunities

This is just a starting point and you are not limited to these options. 

Region 

Country 

Program Name 

Africa 

Senegal 

University of Minnesota: Senegal: Dakar: Studies in International Development* 

Asia 

India 

IFSA: India: Contemporary India 

 

Indonesia 

SIT: Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change 

 

Vietnam 

SIT: Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development 

Europe 

Denmark 

DIS: Denmark 

 

Italy 

UVA in Italy: Siena (in affiliation with CET) 

 

Germany 

UVA Exchange: Humboldt University 

 

Germany 

Wayne State University: Germany: Junior Year in Munich 

 

Netherlands 

UVA Exchange: University of Amsterdam 

 

Sweden 

UVA Exchange: Lund University 

Latin America 

Argentina 

IFSA: Argentina: Buenos Aires: Argentine Universities Program 

 

Chile 

SIT: Chile: Valparaiso: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development 

North America 

Canada 

UVA Exchange: McGill University 

Oceania 

Australia 

UVA Exchange: University of New South Wales 

 

Australia 

TEAN: Australia: Melbourne: Monash University 

 

New Zealand 

UVA Exchange: University of Otago 

* Internship available

Student Testimonial

"My time spent studying and volunteering with the Mariposa Foundation in the DR has been truly transformational. Theoretical concepts learned in the classroom at UVa play out every day in the lives of the girls this foundation seeks to empower and educate. Immersing myself in the DR made my education so much richer, and when I returned to UVa, I redirected my final year of studies to focus even more closely on adolescent girls and sustainable development." — Anna Cait Wade, Mariposa Foundation, Dominican Republic