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A Division of the International Studies Office

UVA Education Abroad

About Education Abroad

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

Education Abroad is part of the International Studies Office, a division of UVA Global. The ISO also includes the International Students & Scholars Program and the Lorna Sundberg International Center, as well as the CORE and Peace Corps Prep programs.

Education Abroad staff:

  • guide and advise students, scholars and faculty on education abroad
  • provide information about study abroad opportunities and promote cross-cultural and safety awareness
  • facilitate and ensure access to education abroad for students from diverse backgrounds and students from underrepresented groups
  • collaborate with University leaders, faculty, staff, and others to increase student participation in education abroad
  • assist faculty and administrators in setting up study abroad programs

Quick Highlights:

Fall 2018-Summer 2019

  • Undergraduates abroad: 1,933
  • Graduate students abroad: 1,189

Top 15 Undergraduate Majors Abroad

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

Exchanges: 160 students went on exchange programs to 21 different countries

UVA Programs - Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional: 113

Education Abroad Annual Facts & Figures

Class of 2019 Education Abroad Statistics

Other Useful International Links:

UVA International Studies Office

UVA Global Map: Students Abroad

The operations of the ISO are informed by the University’s Statement of Purpose and Code of Ethics and core values of honor and ethics, faculty excellence, innovation and collaboration in the pursuit of knowledge, and leadership for the public good and education for freedom.

The ISO endorses the Statements of Ethics, Professional Competencies and Principles for Programs and Services developed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Standards of Good Practice adopted by the Forum on Education Abroad, and is a member of Diversity Abroad.