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Faculty & Staff Information

Whether you are already faculty and staff involved with undergraduate global education at UNC or are thinking about developing a program, this section is for you. 

The Center for International Education-Study Abroad program provides academic and logistical support for international projects for departments, faculty/staff, and students at UNC. Together we are able to offer UNC students transformational experiences that will last throughout their lifetime and will change the way they think forever. The CIE-Study Abroad Office stands committed to providing assistance for a successful experience for all. Here you will find resources that will assist you with promoting and advising for study abroad, as well as how to submit ideas for a new global program--short-term or long-standing.

View of Meredith taken by a student studying abroad

The field of international education has seen the term "study abroad" expand greatly in recent history. No longer does the term accurately encompass the scope of international experiences that students desire and are available to them. The changing economy has greatly impacted what is required of today's graduates. Study abroad has gone beyond the traditional classroom-based exchanges, direct enrollments, and faculty-led programs. Students want more education abroad opportunities, which take shape in internships, research, practicum, service learning, and alternative break programs. As you work within your departments and with cross-campus partners, we hope you will promote Education Abroad and integrate these modes of learning into your UNC curriculum.

The Study Abroad program wants to collaborate with faculty and staff members with all ideas for international opportunities for UNC students. We are here to assist faculty with program development, orientations, student advising, health and safety planning, transfer credit articulations, program marketing, choosing a customized faculty-led program provider as well as general support for promoting education abroad.

  • Education Abroad Overview

    Program Types Overview

    The CIE-Study Abroad and Exchange Office currently offers 100s of programs in more than 60 countries worldwide. Offering a wide range of international programs allows UNC to offer programs that meet the varying academic, financial, and personal needs of our students. Additionally, our approved programs offer varying levels of support and CIE/departmental involvement, allowing the student to make the best choice for him/herself and the CIE office to offer hundreds of program choices.

    Descriptions of Program Types

    CIE-Study Abroad Office Support for UNC Programs

    Our office provides various levels of program support and manners of assistance to UNC departments with faculty-led program development.

    Learn more about program support

  • Advising for Education Abroad

    Pre-Approval of Transfer Credit

    All student earning credit from an international university/college should complete appropriate forms BEFORE departure for their education abroad. These forms will be returned to the CIE-Study Abroad Office, although the transcript evaluation will take place in the Office of the Registrar upon receipt of the international transcript.

    For each course transferring back to UNC, students MUST get the appropriate departments' signatures. After obtaining all corresponding signatures, the student's Academic Advisor signs the form indicating that (s)he is aware that the student is going abroad. View list of contacts for each department at UNC for approvals.

    Students are advised to bring international course descriptions, syllabi (when available), and any other relevant information with them to meet with their Advisors in order to help determine if a course is a direct UNC equivalent or might be considered as a substitution. If a student does not bring this information with him/her, please do not hesitate to request that they provide such information.

    Depending on how the course will be transferring back to UNC, the appropriate form must be completed before the student goes overseas in order to guarantee that the course will come back as intended. Thus, different forms will need to be completed based on if the course is equivalent to a UNC course, will be a course substitution for an academic major/minor, or will be fulfilling an LAC requirement.

  • Bilateral Student Exchange Agreements
  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

    Any faculty member who is interested in teaching a course overseas should contact the Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Program, Teneisha Ellis, to schedule an initial meeting to discuss program planning and logistics.

    Want to learn more about the opportunity to teach a course abroad? Attend our upcoming Faculty Forum.