Since 1826, when the first international student was enrolled, UVA has demonstrated a commitment to international scholars by providing opportunities to citizens from around the world to study, conduct research, and teach at the University and participate in Jefferson’s academic community.
International students enhance academic and student life by contributing to the education of fellow students and by contributing to the production of knowledge at the University. The student body includes more than 2,500 international students from 120 countries. Roughly 350 visiting scholars join the University community each year. The International Students and Scholars Program is part of the International Studies Office (ISO). Staff collaborate with colleagues from across the University to assist international students and visiting scholars during their transition and throughout their time at the University and in the United States.
The ISO staff are trained to provide a range of services for members of the University’s international community and those who work with members of that community.