Faculty Led Summer

Faculty Led Summer Programs

Summer study abroad programs are a great option for students who are looking to go abroad for a short period of time during the summer. 

Students will first apply for the study abroad program via the Office of Education Abroad website, and then the OEA registers admitted students in the appropriate summer course and credit hours. Students do not register for the summer study abroad course(s).

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

Program Structure

  • Depending on the program, students may take courses at a local university in a classroom setting, participate in group learning experiences in a more informal teaching setting, participate in cultural activities designed to acclimate students to life in the host country, visit historical sites, and more!
  • Program duration varies - review the "Schedule" tab of program brochures for a general overview of program itineraries
    • programs spend anywhere from 10 days to 6 weeks abroad
  • Travel with other UNC Charlotte students
  • Led by a UNC Charlotte faculty member who will host group meetings on campus before departure, lead and teach the group abroad, facilitate activities while in the host country, and be a resource for the students abroad in the event of an emergency
  • Students should be prepared to participate in meetings on UNC Charlotte's campus required by the faculty director both before departure and upon return from abroad


  • All 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
  • The minimum GPA required for a spring break or summer program is a 2.0 (cumulative), but individual program requirements could be higher
  • Other eligibility requirements vary by program and the course(s) offered and are indicated in each online program brochure
    • some programs are limited to students with specific majors or certain class standings

Note: Only students approved to study abroad and admitted into the applicable program will be enrolled in the study abroad course(s) and permitted to participate in that study abroad.

Academic Credit

  • The course credit(s) offered by the program will be listed in the "Academics" tab of the online program brochure
  • Programs offer anywhere from 3-9 credit hours
  • The course requirements, policies, and schedule are set by the faculty director
  • Students accepted into the program will NOT register themselves in the summer course(s). The OEA will register students in the summer study abroad course(s)
  • Participants should be prepared to meet on campus as a group at least once and possibly several times prior to departure abroad; the faculty director may also set required meetings after the program's return from abroad
  • It is the student's responsibility to consult the UNC Charlotte course catalog and/or their Academic Advisor to verify course pre-requisites and to determine how this course credit will fit into their curriculum and graduation requirements
  • The OEA completes processing of faculty-led summer study abroad grades
    • grades for the study abroad course(s) appear on students' transcripts within 4 weeks after the OEA receives the grades awarded by the faculty director

Cost Structure

The cost of the study abroad varies by program and will be paid to the Office of Education Abroad at UNC Charlotte. The program cost will include instructional costs for the appropriate number of credit hours tied to the study abroad. The cost may also include meals, housing, in-country transportation, etc.

Please review the "Finances" tab and Budget Sheet of the applicable program brochure to learn about what is and what is not included in the program cost, financial aid and scholarship resources, and more.

Note: Students interested in participating in a summer study abroad should consult the Office of Financial Aid for information on summer financial aid as early in advance as possible, as specific requirements and processes apply. Students interested in participating in a summer study abroad should also research scholarship opportunities as early in advance as possible, as scholarship applications are often due even up to a year in advance.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program. Please view the specific program brochure for the applicable application deadline.

Most faculty-led programs accept applications on a rolling basis. This means that should the program reach capacity prior to the application deadline, further applications will no longer be accepted. The OEA strongly recommends that students submit their application as soon as possible.

  • Faculty-led program offerings for the upcoming year are published on the OEA website beginning early in the Fall semester
  • Applications typically open in September
  • Applications typically due between January and March

How to Search Faculty Led Summer Programs

Use the button below to view a list of Faculty Led summer 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.

Faculty-led summer program offerings for 2018 are still under development. While some programs have been now been published, more will continue to be posted in the coming weeks.

Please check back here often in the coming weeks to learn when all 2018 summer program offerings have been posted to see which programs will be offered.

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