Faculty Led Semester

Faculty-Led Semester Programs

While most faculty-led programs are short-term, there are some semester-long faculty-led opportunities offered to students on either a fall or spring basis. Throughout the duration of the program, students will be accompanied by a faculty member and will take courses with UNC Charlotte students, and, in some cases, non-UNC Charlotte students.

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  1. Program Structure
  2. Eligibility 
  3. Academic Credit
  4. Cost Structure
  5. Researching and Applying for Programs

Program Structure

Students may participate in a faculty-led semester program with both UNC Charlotte and non-UNC Charlotte students. The program will be led by a faculty member who may co-teach courses abroad, facilitate activities while in the host country, and be a resource for the students in the event of an emergency. Depending on the length of the program, students may take courses at a local university in a classroom setting, participate in cultural activities designed to acclimate students to life in the host country, visit historical sites, and more!


The basic GPA requirement for any long-term program (fall, spring, or year) is a 2.5 cumulative GPA. However, GPA requirements will vary per program. Visit the online program brochure to view the minimum GPA requirement to be considered for that particular program. Some programs may also be limited to students with specific majors, certain class standings, or who have completed certain coursework, which will be made clear in the program brochure as well. 

In addition, all students are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and prior to departure in order to be permitted to go abroad.

Academic Credit

Faculty-led semester programs award students academic credit ranging anywhere from approximately 9 - 15 credit hours, depending on the length and structure of the program. To view any required prerequisite courses and to learn more about the exact UNC Charlotte course credit students will receive on the program, view the "academics" tab on the program brochure. It is the student's responsibility to consult the UNC Charlotte course catalog and their Academic Advisor to determine how this course credit will fit into their curriculum and graduation requirements.

Cost Structure

The cost of the faculty-led semester program abroad varies by program and will be paid to the Office of Education Abroad at UNC Charlotte. The program cost may include expenses such as instructional costs, meals, housing, in-country transportation, international health insurance, etc. Please visit the online program brochure and view the "finances" tab to learn more about what is and what is not included in the program cost. 

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*
  • review other resources on the Office of Education Abroad website
  • Research program offerings and review program brochures thoroughly
  • Discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor
  • Contact the Faculty Director who is leading the program with any program-specific questions
  • When ready to apply, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the program brochure, create an account, and complete all application requirements by the deadline listed on the brochure*
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Application Deadlines

Application deadlines will vary per program. Please view the specific program brochure to determine what the application deadline is. Please keep in mind that most faculty-led programs accept applications on a rolling basis. It is recommended that students apply as soon as possible; should the program become full prior to the application deadline, further applications will no longer be accepted.

How to Search Faculty-Led Semester Programs

Use the button below to view a list of Faculty Led semester programs. It's recommended that you start by looking at programs that are in a city or country that interests you. In some cases, you may be able to determine the area of study that program is related to based on the title of the program. To learn more about the program, to include eligibility requirements, academic credit, cost and more, click on the name of the program to be taken to the program brochure.


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