Experience UVA - An American Treasure
January Term offers visiting international students an opportunity to experience what makes UVA. a national treasure. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia remains distinctive in the 21st century. UVA offers the vast intellectual resources of a major research university, but fosters the intimacy, sense of community, and dedication to undergraduate life typically found at a small liberal arts college.
- Enjoy small classes and concentrated interaction with faculty and students.
- Classes meet up to five hours per day over a two-week period, allowing for a full immersion into a topic of interest.
- Students take one three-credit class in January term.
- Explore Thomas Jefferson's academical village - the unique learning community and the only designated UNESCO World Heritage site among all colleges and universities in the United States.
Prepare for January Term at UVA
Admission: Complete the University of Virginia Application for Permission to Enroll for Visiting Students.
English Language Proficiency: English is the language of instruction at the University of Virginia. If your first language is not English, or if the language of instruction at your home institution is not English, please attach the results of a recent TOEFL test. A score may not be more than two years old. Most admitted students attain a total score of at least 600 on the PBT TOEFL, 250 on the CBT TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS. The University expects individuals who take the new iBT TOEFL to earn a score of at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening (total score: 90).
Registration for January Term Courses: Registration will be completed through the Student Information System (SIS) beginning on November 13 at 7:00 am (local time) for visiting students. Admitted students receive detailed instructions related to accessing SIS and completing registration. Tuition and fees are due by December 31, 2016. Students may enroll in only one January Term course.
UVA Sponsored Visa Documents: Students wishing to obtain F-1 or J-1 status must complete the January Term Form I-20/Form DS-2019 Request Packet and mail it to: