UVA Express

2016 UVA Express is complete!  The Class of 2020 is on Grounds.


We look forward to UVA Express in the summer of 2017.


As you prepare to come to UVA in August 2017, we want to make sure you know about UVA Express. UVA Express is a program designed to help transition new undergraduate students living outside of the United States into life at the University of Virginia. UVA Express is for first-year, new undergraduate exchange students and new undergraduate transfer students.

UVA Express is a free, one-way bus transportation and hospitality program from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC to the University of Virginia on Monday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 15th only.

The UVA Express program operates for two days as a one-way service in August. Once you have arrived in Charlottesville, parents and students utilizing this service are responsible for all transportation within Charlottesville and back to Dulles International airport.

We strongly encourage you to fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (booking code IAD).  Dulles Airport is a large airport outside of Washington, DC, 2 hours from the University by the UVA Express bus.

All first-year, new transfer students, new exchange students and family members riding UVA Express on August 15th or 16th will be greeted at Dulles airport by University of Virginia staff or volunteers who will coordinate bus departures.

All students riding UVA Express will be brought to the UVA Express Hospitality Center on Grounds. From the hospitality center, staff and volunteers will help you obtain your student ID and move you into your residence hall.


UVA Express allows the University to welcome our international students in style from over 60 countries since 2007!


 Orientation: Remember you must sign up for Orientation with the Student Orientation office. All new students are asked to attend Summer Orientation, a two-day introduction to academics, student life, and the resources available to you at the University. Students who ride UVA Express will attend Session J

Are you a returning Student? Plan your travel to UVA:

  • If you are flying into Dulles International Airport, Charlottesville may be reached by U.S. train Amtrak though it requires first travelling to DC’s Union Station from Dulles.
  • If you are flying into Charlottesville-Ablemarle Airport, there are plenty of taxi services available for transportation to the University.

Other Transportation Options:

If you are interested in volunteering for UVA Express, please email uvaexpress@virginia.edu.


Orientation, International Studies Office, Housing

UVA Express:
: Phone (434) 982-3200, Fax: (434) 924-3587, Email (undergradadmission@virginia.edu)
Customs and Immigration: Richard Tanson, tanson@virginia.edu

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