Eligible students work with their academic and study abroad advisors to select an appropriate program, to ensure award of academic credit for the work done abroad, and to prepare for the foreign experience through an extensive orientation program facilitated by the UVA International Studies Office.
Requests for transfer credit from international students returning to their home country to study in the summer will be treated like those from U.S. students who will be studying at U.S. institutions for transfer credit. Such students do not need to complete the standard study abroad process at the International Studies Office.
- Students in the College of Arts & Sciences who wish to study abroad must be in academic good standing and have a cumulative 2.500 GPA at the time they apply to study abroad.
- Any student wishing to study abroad who is on academic probation or who does not have a cumulative 2.500 GPA at the point of application must submit a petition to study abroad to his or her Association Dean to be considered for an exception to College rules.
- Students who incur academic probation in the semester prior to the start of a fall or spring semester study abroad program may not earn degree credit abroad during the fall or spring semester.
- Information required on the appeal process may be found here.
Travel Abroad Warning for University Students
All students must follow the University Policy for Study Abroad.
Duration of Time as UVA Student
- Before leaving for study abroad, students must complete their first semester of study at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Thus new students, either first-year or transfer, may not study abroad until they have completed a regular fall or spring semester at U.Va. in Charlottesville.
- Students planning to study abroad in their second semester should carefully consider the possibility that they might not achieve the required 2.5 GPA in their first term and might thus be ineligible to apply study abroad credit toward their degree.
- These standards apply both to direct credit programs and transfer credit programs under auspices of another institution or organization. Participation in study abroad is on a competitive basis; acceptance may be based on criteria beyond minimum cumulative GPA.
- All students must complete at least two full-time semesters (fall or spring) and earn at least 30 credits at U.Va. in Charlottesville.
Study Abroad During the Seventh or Eighth Semester
- With approval of the student's Association Dean and major advisor, students may study abroad in their seventh or eighth semester.
- Grades must be received by the College Registrar by the deadline (see academic calendar) in order to graduate on time. Students accept the risk of not graduating on time if their grades, for any reason, are not received by the deadline set by the College Registrar.
Course Requirements While Studying Abroad
Students enrolled in direct credit programs (U.Va. programs) are expected to meet the College's long-standing criteria for good Academic Standing. Failure to do so will result in the academic sanctions of Academic Probation or Suspension.
Like their full time counterparts in Charlottesville, students participating in semester- or year-long study abroad programs (not summer programs) are expected to complete at least 12.0 credits each semester.
Study Abroad Counts as a Semester
Whether on direct credit programs or other approved programs, students who study abroad for a semester use one of the semesters of full-time study they are allotted.
ISO offers a range of program types:
Direct Credit Programs (recommended)
- In UVA direct credit programs, students enroll in UVA courses and receive grades. These course may satisfy area and major requirements.
- We encourage students to enroll in the University's direct credit programs because of the close collaboration between the University and the host institution.
Transfer Credit Programs
- In transfer credit programs, students enroll in programs sponsored by other institutions. Grades do not transfer, although courses must be passed with a C or higher for the credit to be transferred back to U.Va..
Credit Towards Degree and Major Requirements
- Credit from transfer credit study abroad programs may not be used to satisfy College area or competency requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement, which may be fulfilled with approved course work in a country where the language is native.
- Students must obtain permission from the department to transfer credit for the major or minor.
- We strongly encourage students to select study abroad transfer-credit programs from those approved by their department and listed on the on-line database of programs maintained by the International Studies Office.
- Approval is required for accredited programs not on the Study Abroad Programs list of approved programs. Request approval by competing the "Petition" application through the ISO.
Maximum Non-UVA Credits That Count Toward Degree Requirements
- A maximum of 60 non-U.Va. credits from other universities, foreign study (the University’s direct credit programs exempted), advanced placement, international credit, or dual enrollment may count toward the 120 credits needed for the B.A. or B.S. degree in the College. All students must earn at least 60 credits at U.Va.
- Students should confer with their Association Dean in the College for more information.