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UNC Exchange Programs

An exchange program is a type of study abroad program in which students exchange spots with a student either at a UNC partner institution or at member institution of one of our consortiums. These types of program will have more limited capacity as the institutions attempt to balance the number of incoming and outgoing students.

For most programs, students will pay their normal tuition and fees to UNC and be responsible for living expenses in the host country. Thus, you pay the tuition and fees for the incoming student to UNC and they pay for your spot at their institution--a true exchange.

Tuition and fees will be billed at the current rate for 12 UNC credit hours. In-state students will be billed in-state tuition rates and out-of-state students will be billed out-of-state tuition rates. All budgets estimates are based on current in-state tuition rates.Students will also be responsible for all visa and travel arrangements.

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UNC Partner Schools

UNC has exchange agreements with 23 international institutions across Europe and Asia. Many of our exchange schools offer affordable study abroad options for students from all UNC majors. These types of programs an especially good fit for students who receive UNC merit awards, are eligible for employee tuition grants, or who receive the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


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National Student Exchange

UNC is a member of the National Student Exchange Program (NSE). NSE is a consortium of 200 schools in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students have the opportunity to participate in a semester or academic year. Students will pay normal tuition to UNC and be responsible for room and board at the host campus.

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ISEP Exchanges/Direct Enrollment

UNC is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). ISEP is a consortium of over 330 institutions in more than 50 countries. UNC students have the opportunity to participate in two types of ISEP programs: ISEP Exchange or ISEP-Direct.

Students participating in ISEP Exchange will pay normal tuition, fees, room and board to UNC
. Students participating in ISEP-Direct will pay all expenses to the foreign institution.

Program costs for ISEP-Direct vary between institutions and range in cost between $5,600 (Estonia) - $22,000 (Australia) per semester.

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Maggie McGing's photo in Nepal taken while on an ISEP-India Program.