Statewide Exchange Programs
Students from any of the UNC system campuses are welcome to apply to study through a statewide exchange. These exchanges are offered at Fudan University in Shanghai, China (managed by UNC Wilmington) or through a Badden-Wuerttenburg university in Germany (managed by UNC Greensboro). Scroll down to see more information pertaining to Statewide Exchange programs regarding:
- Program Structure
- Cost Structure
- Application Process
- List of Statewide Exchange Programs
Students may or may not participate in an exchange program with other UNC Charlotte students. Once on-site, students will have an orientation program facilitated by the host university, which will orient them on topics such as registering for courses, student expectations and campus resources. Students will then attend class throughout the week with either local students and/or international students. Exchange programs typically do not have excursions or cultural activities offered as a part of the program structure; however, students will have plenty of free time when they're not in class or on the weekends to explore their city and to travel!
The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for a "long-term" program (e.g. fall, spring or year) is a 2.5 at time of application. However, some programs may have higher GPA requirements. Refer to the online program brochure for the list of eligibility requirements for that program. In addition, students are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing at time of application and prior to departure in order to be permitted to go abroad.
Students who participate in a Statewide exchange program can expect the following cost structure.
- Paid to the Office of Education Abroad: Application fee, study abroad administrative fee and the mandatory international health insurance
- Paid to the managing North Carolina University: Application fee
- Paid to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte: Cost of full-time tuition & fees according to the student's residency and level (undergraduate or graduate)
- Paid to the Host University: Students are responsible for reviewing the host university's website to determine what the available housing options are. Once the student is assigned or secures their own housing, they will then submit the cost of housing in the host country currency to the corresponding entity (e.g. host university's housing department, landlord, leasing agency, etc.). The host university may also require students to enroll in an additional health insurance policy or charge other fees associated with orientation or on-campus services
- Miscellaneous Costs: International flight to and from host destination, passport, visa or residence permit (if applicable), in-country transportation, books and supplies, personal expenses, personal travel expenses, additional health insurance policies required by the host country (if applicable), etc.
- Approval - Students will first complete an OEA application in order to receive approval to study abroad. Application requirements generally include a personal statement, 1 academic letter of recommendation, UNC Charlotte transcript (GPA), Dean of Students disciplinary clearance and in some cases, a language evaluation (if students will be taking courses abroad in a language other than English at the intermediate level or higher). Students' applications are reviewed holistically. If the student meets the program requirements, they will be approved and will be notified by OEA via email. However, they then need to be placed at a host university;
- Placement - During the OEA application process, students will also apply to the North Carolina institution that manages the statewide exchange (UNC Greensboro or UNC Wilmington). This NC institution will then liaise with the host university and determine whether or not the student can be placed there. Generally students are placed at their first choice university; however, in some cases, when the number of qualified applicants is too high, students may be switched to their second choice university, if applicable. The NC institution will notify the student of their placement via email.
- Acceptance - Now that students are approved and placed at a host university, they then have to apply to the host university in order to be formally accepted. Generally, if approved and placed at a host university, students will be accepted. However, acceptance can never be guaranteed and the host university reserves the right to deny students (although this is rare). Students should not apply to the host university until they ave been approved by the Office of Education Abroad and placed by the North Carolina institution that is managing the exchange. At that time, the application requirements and corresponding deadlines will be communicated to the student, if applicable.
How to Apply
Students interested in going abroad will submit an application to the Office of Education Abroad. Please follow these steps to begin the application process:
- Watch a Study Abroad 101 webinar*
- Research program offerings and review program brochures thoroughly
- Discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor
- Schedule an appointment with the first available advisor in OEA by calling 704-687-7747*
- If you have already completed all of the steps above, please send an email to the Office of Education Abroad when you are ready to apply:
- Program Type (Statewide Exchange or BW/NC Statewide Exchange)
- Name of Host University
- Term(s) you are applying for
The following deadlines are in regards to the required Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application that students must complete. Because of the time sensitivity of the application steps that follow approval and placement, deadlines are strict. Late applications may be considered.
- Fall or Academic Year: February 1
- Spring or Calendar Year: September 1
How to Search Statewide Exchange Programs
Use the button below to view a list of statewide exchange programs. It's recommended that you start by looking at programs that are in a city or country that interests you. To learn more about the program, to include eligibility requirements, academic credit, cost and more, click on the name of the host university to be taken to the program brochure.