International MBA Community

International Food FestivalThe University of Virginia Darden School of Business is a global school that thrives on the contributions from its diverse student population. The resources below will help you learn more about the international student experience.

Contact an International Student

Global perspectives add invaluable dimension and depth to class discussions, enhancing all students’ understanding of the global business environment. To learn about the international student experience firsthand, feel free to reach out to one of our student ambassadors from around the world. 

Why International Students Choose Darden

In the following video, international MBA students share their reasons for choosing to attend the Darden School of Business:

Darden's Global Student Organizations

A variety of Darden student organizations focus specifically on global issues. These organizations provide an opportunity for students to connect with other members of the Darden community who share similar interests in global business affairs. Activities of the student-run clubs include organizing conferences, sponsoring speakers and planning extracurricular events that highlight foreign cultures and economies. A sample of recent events organized by Darden’s international student organizations include:

  • Darden School of Business International Food Festival International Food Festival  
  • Asian Business Conference
  • Carnival Celebration
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Diwali Celebration
  • Global Speaker Series
  • International Case Competition
  • Latin American Student Association Conference
  • Spotlight on Africa Series

International Student Career Advancement

Visit the International Student Career Development page for information about career counseling and resources, as well as videos of current international students talking about the job search process.

The Academic Experience as an International Student

In the following video, Benjamin Morisseau (MBA '14) — a Darden student from western Europe — describes his experiences in the classroom as an international student:

Global Academic Opportunities

Darden offers a variety of global academic opportunities, including exchange programs, for-credit experiential consulting projects and Global Business Experiences, international weeklong courses held that enable students to explore international business issues in countries outside of the United States.

The Charlottesville Community

The Office of Student Affairs directs an orientation program for incoming international students to cover important details about living and studying in the United States and to help with relocation. The Darden Partners Association (DPA) also offers support and social activities to make families feel welcome during their time in Charlottesville.

Recently ranked as the best place to live in the United States by USA Today, Charlottesville offers the amenities of a large city while maintaining the aesthetic charm of a small town that is comfortable, friendly and easy to navigate. The city’s central East Coast location makes it easily accessible to other major cities such as Washington, D.C., and New York.

Admissions and Financial Aid Resources

For Admissions, Financial Aid and scholarship information specific to international students, visit:

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