'UVa Express' Helps Welcome New International Students

International students traveled from all around the world and landed right here in Charlottesville on the grounds of UVa..

With many coming from places like Japan, China and Iran along with a host of other countries.

UVa Express is a program geared toward properly embracing international first year and transfer students.

"It's basically an opportunity for faculty, staff and student ambassadors around grounds to welcome the international students, during their first experience on grounds," said Danny Houser.

A sub-program of UVa Express called 'Global Greeters,' allows current students to play a vital role in making the new students feel more comfortable, helping to set up shopping trips, finding ways around grounds, or even places to have fun.

"If they have questions like about printing things, going to the library, about resources, we can help them get the resources they need," said Solomiya Tsymbalyuk, a second year student.

Coming to a place far from their home can create quite a bit of culture shock, which makes you think, why Charlottesville?

Hamed Joodaki from Tehran, Iran said it's the academics.

"My favorite research area is bio-mechanics and there is a very big center of bio applied mechanics here in Charlottesville," Joodaki said.

Another student from Iran says he's happy to be studying here in America, but wanted to clear the air about his home country.

"The whole Middle East, that's the unsafe part, Iran is a peaceful country and people are always looking for peace," said Masoud Bashiri.

The UVa Express will be welcoming more students throughout the rest of week as they pick them up from Dulles Airport and transport them to Charlottesville.


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