Visiting International Students

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 Tuesday, November 15 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, 2017. 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:

Summer and Special Academic Programs
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400161
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4161
Summer and Special Academic Programs
University of Virginia
228 Minor Hall
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-416
Please direct all inquiries related to your legal status in the U.S. to the University’s International Student and Scholar Advisors.
Housing: Guest Housing for visiting students is available at the Cavalier Inn. A single room (no roommate) can be reserved at $50/night plus taxes.  A double (with roommate) will cost $25/night plus taxes. If you are interested in guest housing, please let our office know by December 5, 2017 (do not contact the Cavalier Inn directly) and we will do our best to accommodate you. Space is limited. 
Medical Insurance: All students at the University, including students enrolled in January Term, are required to have medical insurance. Short-term medical insurance plans independent of the University are available. The Student Health Center will be available to January Term students.  In case of an emergency, students may be treated at the emergency room of the University of Virginia Health System Center, which is located near Central Grounds.
Winter Weather: Charlottesville’s average daily high temperature in January is 42ºF/6ºC. The average nighttime low temperature is 25ºF/-4ºC.   
If you have any questions, please contact VisitingStudents@virginia.edu.