International Nurses - Welcome to UVA and Charlottesville

International Nurses - Relocation Information

Hello International Nurses,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to UVA Health, and to Charlottesville, Virginia. We are very excited to have you as part of our UVA University Medical Center team where we put the patient at the center of everything we do. Our goal is to create a culture of excellence, engagement, and trust through our ASPIRE values:Wendy Horton Accountability, Stewardship, Professionalism, Respect, and Equity. Every member of the team plays an integral role in the care that UVA Health delivers.

To help you get settled into your new home of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, we have provided several resources below such as how to find the best type of housing that fits your needs, information on shopping, restaurants and entertainment, transportation options, and much more.

Thank you for bringing your professionalism, compassion, and knowledge to the service of all UVA Health patients. We hope you enjoy living and working here. You are now part of our UVA community.

Wendy Horton, PharmD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Resources for new Residents

Moving to a new location can be exciting, but also challenging. These resources are meant to help answer many of your questions.

Activities in Charlottesville and Beyond

Located just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, residents enjoy endless natural beauty and a convenient location. You are within a few minutes’ drive of The Appalachian Trail and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, just a one hour drive to the state capital of Richmond, and about three hours to the ocean and fun at Virginia Beach. Perhaps one of the greatest perks to living in Charlottesville is its proximity to the nation’s capital of Washington, DC located two hours north by car or train. 

Central Virginia is a hub for cultural and historic attractions such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello - a world heritage site. And we are fortunate to have Montpelier and Ash-Lawn Highland located nearby, and WilliamsburgJamestown and Yorktown are not far past Richmond. 

This is Charlottesville

The following video shows why Charlottesville is a special place to live and work.

Why Work at UVA

  • #1 Ranked Hospitals

    In 1825, Thomas Jefferson established UVA as the nation's 10th medical school. In the course of almost 200 years, UVA University Medical Center has grown into a nationally acclaimed, 608-bed academic medical center with an outstanding Level 1 Trauma Center.

    U.S. News & World Report has repeated ranked UVA Medical Center, and UVA Children's Hospital, #1 in Virginia, and we are renowned for the latest and most advanced treatment options. Our physicians and nurses are actively involved in research that gives patients access to treatments and medicine not widely available. Consequently, patients travel from around the world to seek treatment with us.

    Our striving for greatness as an organization continues. We recently embarked on a journey to uncover what elevates UVA above other nationally renowned medical systems. We learned our technology, buildings and medicines are important. But what separates UVA is the attributes of our people, qualities such as persistence, empathy, initiative, drive. Human qualities. Qualities that are beyond measure.

  • Exceptional Benefits

    We believe that employee talent is our greatest asset, and as part of our commitment to attract, develop, and retain outstanding employees, we offer exceptional benefits.

    In addition to health insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, and paid time off, UVA team members may take advantage of our Education Benefits program, which is designed to encourage career development and lifelong learning. We also offer a backup care benefit for child and elder care, talent development services, and wellness benefits to support your, and your family's, health and happiness.

    See the UVA Human Resources website for information about all of these benefits and more. 

  • Top Employer & Career Development

    UVA employs more than 28,000 people, including 7,000 UVA Health employees, and16,000 faculty and staff. Forbes Magazine lists the University of Virginia as one of “America’s Best Employers for 2018” and “America’s Best Employers for Women 2018.”

    As an employer, the University has an outstanding record of growth and stability and offers a wide variety of exciting and challenging jobs and career development opportunities.

  • Schools of Medicine & Nursing, and Health Sciences Library

    The Academic Medical Center forms the hub of UVA Health. In addition to the Medical Center, UVA boasts a School of Medicine, a School of Nursing, and an impressive Health Sciences Library open to the public.

    Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the University of Virginia School of Medicine is ranked 9th in the nation among state-assisted medical schools and consistently attracts the nation's brightest students and most distinguished faculty members. Awarded millions of dollars in funding each year, the School of Medicine's 23 research centers are making discoveries resulting in new and better therapies, especially in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, and vaccine development. 

    The University of Virginia School of Nursing has earned a national reputation for excellence in education, research and practice. Ranked among the nation's top 25 public nursing schools, the UVA School of Nursing offers undergraduate, master's level and doctoral programs.

    The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library provides expert information services in every area of medicine. Open to the public and recently remodeled, this state-of-the-art library enables you to explore UVA’s rich history in the development of modern medicine.


  • Leader In Research

    As a Research 1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia, and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces that bring together interdisciplinary research to address and solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Our marine biology experts are teaming up with hydrodynamics teams, biomedical researchers are teaming up with authorities in commerce and public policy, and big data leaders are teaming up with renowned brain specialists.

    UVA’s Brain Institute brings together researchers from the schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Education for a concussion-induced inflammation project. Similarly, engineers at UVA are working with applied scientists at the UVA LinkLab to solve the most critical problems at the intersection of the cyber and physical worlds.