UNC Charlotte Exchange

UNC Charlotte Exchange Programs

UNC Charlotte has partnerships with 30+ universities all over the world allowing students to attend the exchange university for either a semester or year. Scroll down to see more information pertaining to UNC Charlotte Exchange programs regarding:

  • Program Structure
  • Eligibility
  • Cost Structure
  • Application Process
  • List of UNC Charlotte Exchange Programs

Program Structure

UNC Charlotte has partnerships with 30+ universities all over the world allowing students to attend a host university for either a semester or year. Just like any other study abroad program, students will receive academic credit for the courses they take abroad and will work with their academic department(s) to determine what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take in order to stay on track for graduation. Financial aid and scholarships can be applied to any study abroad program awarding the equivalent of full-time academic credit.

OEA recommends exchange programs for students who are:

  • Independent
  • Organized
  • Looking for cultural immersion
  • Comfortable with receiving confirmed information regarding the program several months after approval
  • Comfortable participating in the program knowing there may or may not be other UNC Charlotte students attending the host university that same semester

Students will have an on-site orientation upon arrival where the International Student Office staff at the host university will discuss university resources, policies & procedures, course registration, etc. Once courses start, it will then be up to the student to attend class and any other mandatory university events; otherwise, when student's have free time, they are welcome to do as they please and to travel on weekends or breaks.


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.

Cost Structure

Students who participate in a UNC Charlotte 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 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.

Application Process

  1. Approval - Students will first complete an OEA application in order to receive approval to study abroad. Application requirements generally include a personal statement, 2 academic letters 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. However, they then need to be placed at a host university;
  2. Placement - Once OEA determines that a student is approved to study abroad, they will then begin the placement process. Depending on the university, OEA may have a limited amount of placement spots. Generally students are approved to participate in 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. Once approved and placed, OEA will notify students via email with next steps.
  3. 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 and placed by the Office of Education Abroad. At that time, the application requirements and corresponding deadlines will be communicated to the student. 

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 (UNC Charlotte Exchange)
    • Name of Host University
    • Term(s) you are applying for
*Indicates a required step

Application Deadlines

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 UNC Charlotte Exchange Programs

Use the button below to view a list of all UNC Charlotte 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.