With students from throughout the U.S. and 20+ countries worldwide, Longwood's academically-focused environment is perfect for international students.

About Longwood

  • Third oldest public university in Virginia
  • Ranked ninth among Public Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, 2016
  • Centrally located on the East Coast (3 hours south of Washington, D.C. and 1 hour south of Richmond, Virginia)
  • About 2 hours from the beach and mountains
  • Approximately 5,000 students from more than 20 countries
  • 17:1 student/faculty ratio
  • All students complete an internship or faculty-directed research

What International Students Say about Longwood

Lachlan Manser (Bali, Indonesia/Perth, Australia)

  • Psychology Major, Neuroscience Minor
  • Division I Men's Tennis Team

Longwood has given me the opportunity to get a university education while playing tennis for the team. What I like most about studying at Longwood is the people on campus. This is the fourth country I have lived in during my life and the people here make it feel like home. They are so friendly and ready to help anyone if they need. It is a small university so you make good friends that you see often.

Longwood's campus life constantly keeps me busy. There is always something happening on campus with student life, so it is very difficult to get bored!

Some of my favorite events on campus are Oktoberfest and Colour Wars. Being a small school, professors know who you are and are always happy to help you out if you need it. The professor - student interaction is another aspect of Longwood that is fantastic and unique. Overall, Longwood was a great choice of university for me. 

Mayara Poletti da Silva (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • ESLP and Biomedicine
  • Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

What I like most about studying at LU is the opportunity the place provides me to improve, more and more, my English. Being a small university, here all people have the opportunity to really know each other. And being an international student, several people have much interest in talking with me to learn something about a different culture. All of this makes me always in contact with someone, improving my English. At LU I can improve my English (inside and outside the classroom), achieve a professional qualification, and make friends!

So far I am very satisfied with the education I am taking in LU. During the English course (ESLP) all the teachers were very patient, and always used a form of teaching that really attract the attention of students. The classes in the Biology department are also very good, and are always divided in lectures and laboratories. All the teachers are very well trained, helping students whenever possible.

Despite being a small university in a small town, here in LU you will absolutely be able to experience all the American experience that we all see in movies!


Molly McSweeney

Assistant Director of International Admissions and Recruitment

Office of International Affairs, Stevens 111D

(+001) 434-395-2627