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UVA London First: Global Cultures in a World City
London, United Kingdom (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Non-UVA applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year Enrollment Restricted to: College of Arts and Sciences
Housing: University dormitory Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution, Faculty directed
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Kathleen McLaren-Hawking
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Program Description:

UVA London First introduces students to international study through an encounter with perhaps the world's most global city.  Students move constantly from the classroom into the city's culture as it was and as it is remade every day, studying politics, sociology, theater, art and architecture. The program takes full advantage of London's incomparable resources, past and present, as well as the extensive course offerings of Regent's University London. At every stage, academic education and personal experience are linked.

“The students selected for the program will not only live and study in one of the world’s greatest cities; they will immediately begin a process of global learning relevant to whatever academic path they may ultimately follow,” says Michael Levenson, UVA’s William B. Christian Professor of English.


Housed in Regent’s University in London’s most beautiful park, participants have full use of the college’s athletic facilities, library, art gallery, computer services, and dining hall. Regent’s University London offers a full range of student services. Participants in the program will have full use of the university's extensive facilities, including tennis courts, an exercise room, a basketball court, soccer pitch, library, art gallery, and computer services. UVA London First students will enjoy regularly planned excursions in London and a weekend trip outside of London as part of the program.

Photographs of Regent's University London

UVA London First students will reside in Reid Hall on the Regent’s campus, sharing a room with a Regent’s University London student. The dining hall is a short walk from the residence hall. Students enjoy a full meal plan, which offers access to all of the university's dining facilities.


Students MUST initiate the application as a Non-UVA applicant. This is because you will not actually matriculate and become a “UVA Student” until the fall 2018 semester. Please review the Application Tutorial for information.

Course Information
The 20 students selected in the program will enroll in 5 courses for a total of 16 credits. Importantly, the program will also introduce components of UVA's new Arts & Sciences curriculum, including courses in two of the College's four core engagement topics: Engaging Difference and Aesthetic Engagement. Students will also choose from a selection of Regent’s University London courses, taught by Regent’s faculty and taken alongside Regent’s students.

UVA London First Course Descriptions


Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program.  Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. As of January 31, 2017, US passport holders do not need a visa to participate in this program but are encouraged to review the website for the most current information. International students should review the website and abide by the visa information and application procedures.


Program Director, Professor Michael Levenson,, has frequently lived, taught and conducted research in London. Deeply committed to the value of international study, Professor Levenson will be satisfied with nothing less than student exhilaration that can match his own.

This program is currently not accepting applications.