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Study Abroad Opportunities

To enhance acquisition of cultural and linguistic skills and to better prepare our students for their lives as global citizens, World Languages and Cultures offers a diverse range of exchange programs in China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, and France that provide any UNC student, including majors and minors, the opportunity to develop their linguistic and cultural expertise in the country of their choice. Students may study for a summer, a semester, or an academic year or may participate in one of the faculty-led-short-term study abroad programs. Some programs may be cheaper than a semester at UNC!

While not required for programs in World Languages and Cultures, studying abroad provides an invaluable experience and allows students to experience emersion learning, cultivate new friendships, and enhance language proficiency.

For further details on study abroad opportunities at UNC and how to earn UNC credit for your experiences, please consult with your academic advisor and visit the Center for International Education website.

Asian Studies

In addition to intensive Chinese in China and Taiwan, or Japanese in Japan, students can also begin Korean or Thai languages in South Korea or Thailand at one of our partner schools. Students may also take a variety of other courses that are taught in English, and which can also count towards the Asian Studies major.



There is no better way to become proficient in a language than to live within the culture, especially when it is affordable! UNC offers a variety of exchange and study-abroad options. Our exchanges at Shaanxi Normal University and National Taiwan Normal University are true exchanges: UNC students pay tuition directly to UNC, and remain enrolled at UNC, while they take classes at one of our partner schools abroad.


UNC students have the opportunity to study in Japan on summer, semester, or year-long programs. This invaluable opportunity allows students to experience emersion learning, cultivate new friendships, and enhance language proficiency.


Students interested in taking courses in French have opportunities to study abroad for a full semester or a summer. Travel to Mulhouse, France or stay closer to home by spending a semester in French-speaking Quebec, Canada. Both universities, as well as a number of other program options, allow for French language immersion.


Students interested in studying abroad in Germany can choose from a variety of programs at UNC. Programs conducted in German as well as programs in English are available. 

For students interested in spending one or two full semesters in Germany, we offer programs in Karlsruhe and Oldenburg. For students interested in participating in intensive German language courses during the summer, we offer a program in Oldenburg.