Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Two different VPNs that School of Medicine students may need

Academic – All School of Medicine students will need this.

Health System – Only a few School of Medicine students will need this VPN. Students who want use an email client other the browser-based webmail when off-grounds,  who are accessing data from the clinical network, or accessing clinical systems from an iPad. Contact the Med Ed Technology team at if you are unsure and/or want to discuss whether a health system VPN is needed.

Academic VPN

Access to some academic resources are limited to being on Grounds – Virtual slides, Health Sciences Library subscriptions and other fair use materials. When off-grounds, you can use either UvaAnywhere or UvaAnywhere-Lite to create the VPN connection necessary to access these resources. Both of these only work off grounds.

Which do you need? The Lite version requires no installation, but only works for things that run in a web browser like Safari, Edge, or Chrome. The UVaAnywhere program works for all applications, but requires installation. If your application is browser-based like Virtual Slides or many library subscriptions, then UvaAnywhere-Lite is all you need.

Here’s a more complete explanation of the difference between these two products:

For additional assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk:
Live Chat

Health System VPN

Students are typically given privileges for a Health System VPN at matriculation. You can confirm this by logging into the AMP system here – You should see an “Active” “VPN” role/privilege assigned to you. If missing, here are the instructions to request Health System VPN role – here.

To install the VPN: VPN Instructions – Windows, Mac, iPad

For additional assistance, please contact the HIT Help Desk via the following:

Phone: 434-924-5334