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Last updated June, 2019

Academic Information

Course InformationUniversity of Virgina Campus

Wide range of courses available:

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: August - May
  • Fall Term: August - December
  • Winter Term: January - May

University of Virginia key dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

Minimum course load: 12 credit hours per semester.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


A range of on/off campus accommodation options are available.

Estimated Cost of Living

2020-2021: USD $11,000 estimated cost of living based on shared accommodation and including meals, housing, personal expenses, and books and supplies.


Additional Information

Information for exchange students

Student Visa and Insurance

Student Visa and Insurance information

U.S. Department of State

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

The University of Virginia (U.Va.) was designed and conceived by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence. The University continues to reflect Jefferson’s intent to prepare and produce leaders—independent and intelligent citizens ready to make their mark on the future. Founded in 1819, the University had a total enrollment of 21,985 for the 2015-2016 academic year. U.Va. is the only U.S. university listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The University has eleven schools which offer a wide variety of academic disciplines and courses. U.Va. is home to the nation's oldest student-run Honor System, which requires that students pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal. In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's
rankings of best colleges, the University of Virginia was ranked the No. 3 best public university in the United States. U.Va. also ranks #26 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

The City of Charlottesville and Region

University of Virgina Football gameJust 120 miles from Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville combines small-town charm with a wide array of cultural opportunities, outdoor activities,and historic surroundings. The city's population is near 46,000 with a metropolitan population nearing 150,000. The student-friendly neighborhood called The Corner is located next to campus and ishome to many shops and restaurants. Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is a pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants, shops, theatres, and music venues. Charlottesville is home to many festivals throughout the year, including the Virginia Film Festival, Virginia Festival of the Book and the Festival of the Photograph. Some of the many outdoor activities students can enjoy while living in Charlottesville include hiking, biking, and kayaking. Charlottesville is also located near the homes of three former U.S. Presidents, including Thomas Jefferson’s famed estate, Monticello.

Explore Charlottesville

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Further Information

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