How to Apply


All applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at UNC in order to go abroad. Also, you must meet the eligibility requirement of the individual program. You must have a minimum of 24 university-level credits completed by the time you go abroad with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Application Process

After meeting with a UNC study abroad peer advisor for a general information session and have met with a study abroad advisor to discuss your academic and personal goals for study, student teaching, or interning abroad, you can apply to a program. The process varies slightly depending on the type of program: UNC Exchange, ISEP Exchange/Direct enroll, faculty-led or UNC affiliated program.

Application Process Flowchart

Required Documents

All UNC students must turn in the following documents to the CIE-Study Abroad & Exchange Office by the application deadline. A completed application will include the following three items:

  1. General Application Form (You must download the blank application, save it, then fill it in)
  2. Statement of Purpose Essay (see page 2 of General Application Form for essay prompts)
  3. Study Abroad Course Planning Worksheet

Most programs will require both the UNC application for authorization and a direct application for admission to the affiliated program provider or host institution. Your study abroad advisor will walk you through the process if you have questions.


Application deadlines range from several weeks to many months before a program begins. Applicants should plan ahead to ensure that they have sufficient time to fulfill the application, scholarship, and financial aid process. Please pay close attention to specific deadlines.

Spring Programs

  • September 1: ISEP-Exchange Spring Programs
  • October 1: Spring Program

Summer/Fall Programs

  • February 15: NSE, ISEP-Exchange Summer and Fall applicants
  • March 11: All other Summer, Fall and academic year applicants


Study Abroad/Exchange Administration Fee

All students who participate in a program offered through the Study Abroad & Exchange Program at UNC pay an administrative fee that directly supports the study abroad operation within the Center for International Education at UNC.

The administrative fee is $300 per semester for all semester programs. The charge for faculty-led programs, non-credit bearing internships, and international student teaching is $150. The Study Abroad/Exchange Administrative charge is billed to the student's UNC account for each term he/she is abroad.

The Study Abroad and Exchange Program does not charge an application fee for any of its programs except to those applying to the National Student Exchange program. However, those students applying to an affiliated, unaffiliated, or ISEP program options require an application fee and/or admission deposit paid directly to them.