The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) at UNC Charlotte is excited that you have made the decision to study abroad! You are about to embark on an incredible adventure and we're here to help. You will want to first check out the Steps to Study Abroad before you dive into the program search. OEA always recommends (and in most cases, it's required) that students attend a Study Abroad 101 webinar to learn more about the overall study abroad process, how to search for programs and next steps.
When Do You Want to Go Abroad?
Depending on the term(s) you want to go abroad, you program options will change.
Fall or Spring
Fall Break or Spring Break
Each program type is structured differently in terms of the application process, cost, and experience. With some programs, you will have a UNC Charlotte faculty member with you for the entire duration of the program. In others, you could be the only UNC Charlotte student (among many other American and international students) on the program! Some programs offer many accommodations (e.g. housing is already arranged for you, airport pick up is available, cultural activities and excursions are planned for you). Other programs may required you to be a bit more indendent and set up these details on your own. It may be important for you to first reflect on what type of program you are looking for. Then, using the tabs on the left, research the different program types to determine which may be a best fit for you.
- Academics - Which types of courses are you looking to take? Courses that count towards your major, or towards your general education requirements? Do you want to be taking courses abroad with other UNC Charlotte students? Locals?
- Length - Are you looking for a short-term (spring break or summer) opportunity? Or a long-term (fall, spring or year) study abroad program?
- Housing - Would you like to live with a local family (homestay), in a dorm, or an apartment?
- Excursions - Are you looking for a program that already has travel arranged for you (e.g. day or weekend trips to nearby cities or countries)?
- Experience - Would you prefer a program that has all of the details already arranged for you? Are you looking for a more structured program, or one that allows you to be more independent?
- Personal fit - Would you prefer to live in a bigger city or a smaller town?
What Types of Programs Are There?
- Exchange programs
- Affiliate provider programs
- Faculty-led programs
- International Internships
- Volunteer Abroad opportunities
To learn more about each program type and to search program offerings, use the links above or on the left hand side. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between these program categories and would like to know more, be sure to watch a Study Abroad 101 webinar. Remember - attending a webinar will also be the first step before you are eligible to meet with a study abroad advisor in most cases.
The Office of Education Abroad encourages all students to read through our Pre-Departure Resources during the research process. It's important that students consider the academic credit process, passports & visas, health & safety, and more. To learn more, visit the Preparing to Go Abroad section of our website. Once students have begun the application process with OEA, even more specific resources will become available to approved applicants regarding these and other important topics with their applications.
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