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.
We require the SAT or the ACT for all First-year applicants. You may request a testing waiver only if you live in a country where these tests are not offered (for example Iran and the People’s Republic of China). If you would like to have the requirement waived please have one of your school officials submit the request in writing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), mail or fax (+1 434-284-3587). Make sure that your school official includes your full legal name, school and date of birth. Students who are granted an exemption will not be disadvantaged in the application process.
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 and English Language Assessment
Students whose first language is not English or who have attended an English-speaking school for fewer than two years are required to provide evidence of their English proficiency by submitting the results of the TOEFL or the IELTS.
We strongly encourage all applicants whose first language is not English to participate in an English language assessment, regardless of their secondary school education. 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. No other interviews are offered.
For Early Action, please complete your InitialView evaluation by December 15th. For Regular Decision, please complete your InitialView evaluation by February 15th.
Expenses and Financial Aid
For international students who are foreign nationals, the University of Virginia does not have funds available for scholarships or loans. Unless you attend a United World College school, (see below), we do not recommend that you proceed with an application if you are unable to finance your education at our institution.
The estimated total cost is approximately $58,000 per academic year. This estimate includes tuition and fees, room and board and personal expenses.
United World College Students
Students who attend a United World College school, and gain admission to the University of Virginia qualify for need-based scholarship support. If you have any questions about the Davis Foundation Scholarship please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Verify that you attend a United World College here.
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.