Cultural Adjustment

Adjusting to a new place can be difficult for anyone, and being a foreign national brings additional complexities, such as adjusting to a different culture and possibly learning a new language. UVA has a variety of programs and resources to assist with your transition into the University and surrounding community.

English Language Programs

The International Center offers a variety of programs open to English learners at UVA and in the local community. They offer free conversation groups and classes for a fee.

Several ESL programs are also available in Charlottesville.

Getting Help and Support

University Resources for Help and Support offers information about counseling, mediation, employee councils, and more.

The Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides free and confidential services by licensed counselors to all faculty and staff who may be experiencing personal and/or job-related difficulties.

World Wide Wahoos

World Wide Wahoos is a group of programs that focus on international activities. Volunteers share their wealth of international experience by reaching out to current and prospective students and to the wider Charlottesville community. UVA students, faculty, and staff from more than 120 countries provide global perspectives that enrich the life of our university. You may also become a World Wide Ambassador or Speaker.