Faculty-Led Spring Break and Faculty-Led Fall

Faculty-Led Spring Break and Faculty-Led Fall Break Programs

Spring break and Fall break study abroad programs are perfect for students who are looking for a short-term international experience. They are tied to an on-campus UNC Charlotte spring or fall semester course. The international experience supplements the coursework taught during the spring or fall semester and gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn on campus to what they experience abroad.

Students will first apply for the study abroad program via the Office of Education Abroad website, and then confirmed participants will register for the spring or fall course tied to the study abroad program in their MyUNCC just like any other course.

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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 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!
  • Students admitted into the study abroad program will register for the applicable spring or semester UNC Charlotte course tied to the program
  • Participants then spend approximately 10 days abroad during UNC Charlotte's spring break or fall break as part of that spring or fall course
  • Travel with other UNC Charlotte students
  • Led by a UNC Charlotte faculty member who will teach the on-campus component of the course, lead 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 can expect regular class meetings on UNC Charlotte's campus both before and after the spring break or fall break travel, just like any other spring or fall course
  • The study abroad course will be part of the student's schedule for that semester


  • 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, fall 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 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, admitted into the applicable program, and enrolled in the applicable spring or fall course will be permitted to participate in that spring or fall break study abroad.

Academic Credit

  • The course credit offered by the program will be listed in the "Academics" tab of the online program brochure
  • Faculty-led spring and fall break programs are a component of a 3 credit-hour on-campus spring or fall course
    • The course requirements, policies, and schedule are set by the faculty director
  • Students accepted into the spring or fall break program abroad will be required to register for the corresponding Spring or Fall course just as they would for any other spring or Fall course**
  • The course will likely meet at least 1-2 times per week throughout the semester 
  • 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 faculty director will grade students per the regular spring or fall semester processes and timelines

**Students will likely not find out if they are going on the program until after spring or fall registration has already opened. The course section tied to the program abroad should be closed so that only students admitted into the study abroad program may register for it. The faculty director will provide students with the section number for the course tied to the study abroad program in the weeks following the enrollment deadline.

Cost Structure

Program costs vary by program. Because the course tied to the study abroad program makes up part of their credit hour load for that spring or fall semester, participants in a spring or fall break study abroad pay both spring or fall semester UNC Charlotte tuition and fees and the cost of the study abroad program.

UNC Charlotte Tuition and Fees

  • The cost of tuition and fees is determined by state residency and the total amount of credit hours in which students are enrolled for a single semester (to include the spring or fall course tied to the program abroad) 
  • Payment for tuition and fees at the applicable residency and credit hour rate is made to UNC Charlotte through Student Accounts

Study Abroad Program Fees

In addition to the cost of tuition and fees for the spring or fall semester paid to Student Accounts, participants pay the cost of the study abroad program to the UNC Charlotte Office of Education Abroad.

  • The cost of the spring or fall break program abroad varies by program and is indicated in each respective online brochure
  • The cost of this international component may include expenses such as meals, housing, in-country transportation, international health insurance, 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

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 typically published on the OEA website beginning in the early Fall semester
  • Spring break applications typically open by September
  • Spring break applications typically due in November
  • Fall applications typically open late in the preceding spring semester or over the summer
  • Fall applications typically due late in the preceding spring semester or over the summer

How to Search Faculty-Led Spring Break or Fall Programs

Use the button below to view a list of Faculty-Led spring and fall break 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.

Please note that faculty-led programs are developed over the summer. Information and applications for programs for the upcoming academic year first become available in the Fall semester of that academic year.

Please check back here often to learn when program offerings become available.

Fall Break Faculty-Led programs  

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