Welcome! At UVA, we believe the importance of the global community cannot be overstated, and this belief is reflected in our commitment to international students. Approximately 5% of our entering classes are foreign nationals; these students’ voices, visions for the future, and dedication to improving their countries and their world benefit and inspire all students and faculty, and their contribution can be felt everywhere on Grounds—through class discussion, research projects, dorm and social activities, friendships, and more.
In short, international students change and shape the way learning happens at UVA, and we believe that their impact not only widens and enriches individual students’ university experience—it also allows our students to enter the wider world better prepared to greet opportunities and meet challenges.
There is no separate or different application for international students. Please follow the application instructions. If admitted, the Financial Guarantee for Foreign National Applicants is required for those who wish to accept the offer of admission.
International Transfer Students
International students who want to transfer to UVA as a second- or third-year student should refer to the transfer admission information.
Proficiency in English
Students whose first language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students who are bilingual in English and another language and have scored well on the verbal portion of the SAT may be exempted from the TOEFL and IELTS.
English Language Assessment and Transcript Evaluation for Chinese Applicants
We strongly encourage Chinese applicants to participate in an English language assessment with our partner organizations in China. Please contact IntialView to schedule your evaluation. This evaluation is an opportunity to display your communication skills, reasoning abilities, and your enthusiasm for becoming a successful student at the University of Virginia. Alumni interviews are not offered.
Additionally, Chinese students applying from public schools are strongly encouraged to submit their academic transcripts through the evaluation services of the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).
Visas and Studying in the U.S.
If you have questions about obtaining a visa or an I-20 please contact Richard Tanson.
Statement on Agents
The University of Virginia does not support the use of a paid agent in the application process. All students are expected to submit their application materials without the help of such services. Please note that we do not work with any agency, so if one is claiming to have a connection to us, that is not the case.
As indicated on our application, all applicants are expected to adhere to our Honor Code. The use of paid agents and other credential services to produce fraudulent documents violates our University policies. Thus, doing so may lead to the rejection of application materials, the rescinding of an offer of admission, and/or involuntary withdrawal from the University.
Senem Kudat Ward, Director of International Admission, can answer questions not covered in the FAQs.