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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all International Student Exchange Programs are on hold for Summer/Fall 2020 and employees in the Study Abroad Office are working remotely. We ask for your patience as some services may be limited and response time may increase. Staff will work diligently to respond as quickly as possible to all inquiries. University-wide updates will be published to the UNC COVID-19 information page or view study abroad information here. 

Getting started on your Study Abroad journey

UNC offers over a hundred programs in over 60 countries. Individual interests and academic needs mean picking a program will be different for each student. If you're considering an international experience, follow these steps to get started in the process: 


Learn More

Attend an informational event or come by our office to talk with members of our team.


Determine Your Timeline

Use the  Study Abroad Checklist & Timeline for a idea of where you should be in the process of preparing.


Define your Goals

What do you want to achieve while you are abroad?Think about academics, costs, language and more!


Research Programs

UNC offers over 100 programs, do some research and talk with alumni and international students to learn more!


Meet with Your Academic Advisor

Discuss how your proposed study abroad coursework will fit in with your degree requirements. Make a plan for graduation that includes study abroad.


Meet with your Study Abroad Advisor

Once you've narrowed down your program options, meet with your advisor in the Study Abroad Office to plan and discuss next steps.


Build Budget

Work with your study abroad advisor and the Office of Financial Aid to determine your preliminary budget for your experience.



Submit application and all supporting documents by the deadlines.  

Apply Now

Or learn more about the application process