Applications for the 2015-2016 year will open on October 17th, 2014 on the University of Virginia Housing and Residence Life website. The deadline for applications for returning students is November 5th and the deadline for incoming students is November 14th, 2014.

Resident Application


For the 2015-2016 year, students must submit the Shea House application directly to the housing department on their website. Please refer to the FAQ if there are any unaddressed questions. If your question has not been answered please contact the director of Shea House Ahmad Obiedat.


Language Advisor Application


Shea House seeks Language Assistants (LAs) to live and work in the various language blocks. LAs must have either native or near-native fluency in the block's language. LAs receive free room and board in the Shea House. Duties require approximately 5 hours per week and include:


  • running a weekly "corner" or "table" for one hour in which all residents in the language group are required to participate.
  • engaging in dinner conversations with your language group for approximately half an hour per night, Monday through Thursday.
  • organizing cultural events for Shea House residents, and coordinating the events with other Language Assistants and House Staff.

In addition, each LA will meet with their Language Coordinator on a biweekly basis to discuss upcoming activities. LAs as a group will meet with the House Director on a biweekly basis to review past and future activities, and will participate in biweekly meetings of the Shea House Government.


Those wishing to apply should download the following form. Applications for Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Persian, and Japanese should be submitted to the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 158A New Cabell Hall, and applications for Italian should be submitted to the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, 459 New Cabell Hall, Attn. Professor Enrico Caseratti. Interviews may be arranged with some applicants. The same submission deadline applies to all language programs.


Language Advisor Application (PDF File)
Language Advisor Application (Word Document File)


Why Shea?


  • Shea House is a total language immersion environment
  • It is conveniently located 5 minutes away from central grounds
  • Students are provided with full laundy facilities, central heating and air conditioning, high-speed Ethernet connections in each room, and spacious common areas
  • Food is provided by ARAMARK Monday-Thursday for dinner
  • An in-house kitchen is available for use by residents
  • UVA Housing Division spent over three and a half million dollars on this new building
  • The residents are friendly and fun

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