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Enriching the Academic Experience

January Term

January Term takes place during Winter Break. It provides students with unique opportunities: new courses that address topics of current interest, education abroad programs, undergraduate research seminars, and interdisciplinary courses. The intensive format of January Term classes encourages extensive student-faculty contact and allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in a subject. Students who enroll in January Term courses have access to a variety of student services and cocurricular activities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Summer Session

Each summer, more than 4,000 students take advantage of a rich selection of programs and courses through UVA's Summer Session. Many of these programs and courses are not available during the academic year, including the University’s well-known Summer Language Institute.

Students commonly enroll in the Summer Session to fulfill requirements for a degree or double major, improve their GPA, shorten time to their degree, or explore new interests. Summer Session students have access to an array of support services and cocurricular activities.

Undergraduate Research

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research is to encourage, promote, and support undergraduate student research. In service to the UVA community, programs and funding offered through the office facilitate undergraduates' engagement with research experiences in all areas of scholarship. Among the many services offered are personal consultations, informational sessions, workshops, forums for presentations, a database of research opportunities, and administration of research grants. The office also is home to the Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research (USOAR) program, which matches work-study eligible students with paid research positions, and the Undergraduate Research Network (URN), a special status student organization.

Education Abroad

The University of Virginia views education abroad as an important academic endeavor, enriching students both intellectually and personally, and crucial in preparing students for leadership in a global context. This unique learning experience combines intellectual pursuits with firsthand exposure to different peoples, cultures, and values. 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, creativity, independence, maturity, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to interact and communicate with individuals from other cultures.

UVA is committed to making education abroad affordable and accessible to all students. Students receiving financial aid through Student Financial Services can apply this funding toward their education abroad programs. Additional need- and merit-based funding is available.

The key to a successful education abroad experience lies in early planning. The online Education Abroad Workshop introduces students to the steps involved in planning and preparing for their international experience. Education abroad Advisors guide students through these steps and support them throughout the sojourn.

Center for American English Language and Culture

The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) provides an array of English language support services for UVA students whose native language is one other than English. CAELC is charged with helping members of the UVA community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States. In addition to services available during the academic year, CAELC offers an intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program mid-July through mid- August. The EAP program is for entering UVA students and research associates.

Office of Citizen Scholar Development

This office cultivates intellectual and civic development by encouraging students to pursue opportunities that support scholarly inquiry, engaged citizenship, and creativity. It is home to national scholarships and fellowships programs at UVA.

By serving as a collaborative partner advancing the mission of the University, the office strives to communicate about opportunities through its website and databases, social media, newsletters, and informational sessions; to advise students through workshops and one-on-one tutorials; to provide fair and equitable application processes that contribute to students’ development; and to share significant contributions and accomplishments of students through public forums, academic journals, and events of recognition.

Dathel and John Georges Student Center

A home for student advising at the University, the Dathel and John Georges Student Center is located on the second floor of Clemons Library. The center offers small meeting rooms and conference rooms designed for flexible use by faculty, staff, and students.

Several staff and support offices are located within the Georges Student Center. Pre-Health and Law Advisors from the Career Center, staff members from Student Financial Services, and peer advisors from Education Abroad offer walk-in hours. The Writing Center, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Internship Placement Program also can be found at the center. UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center holds classes five days per week.

Student groups focused on professional development or peer advising are encouraged to make use of the space for information sessions, drop-in hours, and workshops.