Program Types

Program Types

Many students have questions regarding the differences in program types. While every program will have unique characteristics that may diverge from the norm, most programs can be categorized into one of the following types. For a specific program's characteristics, see the Fact Sheet and other important details on the program brochure.

UVA Rotunda Icon Orange UVA Programs

UVA programs are designed, developed and directed by UVA faculty members. The level of immersion on a UVA program can vary widely: from taking courses exclusively with other UVA students, to taking courses at a partner university with local students. While participants are predominantly from UVA, students from other colleges and universities may often participate. The International Studies Office offers UVA programs during the semester and academic year, as well as the January and summer terms. 

Handshake Icon Orange UVA Partner Programs

UVA partner programs are programs administered by a partner organization and include students from a variety of US universities and colleges. UVA provides input on the academic curriculum and coordinates the application process for UVA students. 

Reverse Arrows Icon Orange UVA Exchange Programs

UVA currently has exchange agreements with over 50 universities around the world. Participating in a UVA exchange program allows you to enroll at one of our partner universities around the world alongside local students, offering a high level of immersion. Interested students will first apply to UVA by the UVA deadline. If selected, applicants will next apply directly to the host university. Admitted students continue to pay regular tuition and fees to UVA; students make arrangements through the host or independently for housing, transportation and other expenses.

Globe Icon Orange Outside Programs

Programs sponsored by other universities or by private companies specializing in education abroad are referred to at UVA as Outside Programs. A wide range of programs are available, including those that facilitate students enrolling directly at a host institution, those where students take classes exclusively with other visiting students in buildings or classrooms owned by the program, and experiential programs allowing you to do internships, field study or research. The cost, level of immersion and accommodation options can vary widely on these programs.