Program & Application FAQ

Programs

  1. Which cities or countries can I study abroad in? Over 70! The Office of Education Abroad allows students to choose from over 1,000 program options. Complete Study Abroad 101, explore the different program types and use the Program Search Function to see where in the world you can go!
  2. I want to go abroad to a certain country, but you do not have any approved programs in that location. Can I still go? If you cannot find a particular city or country in our Program Search Function, that is likely because we do not allow students to study in that location. This is probably because the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for this location, which means it's not safe for students to be there at that time. However, be sure to contact OEA to verify.
  3. I want to participate in 2 different programs back to back (ex. Fall semester in Spain, Spring semester in Australia). Can I do this? Sure! Keep in mind you'll need to complete 2 separate OEA applications (and any applicable additional applications required, depending on programs). Also, it will be the student's responsibility to consider immigration in between these two programs; for example, if the second program requires students to be in the U.S. to apply for a visa prior to the start of the program, it may be possible that the student will have to fly home during the first program in order to apply for a visa for the second program (this is simply an example, and may not be applicable).
  4. I have a friend or family that lives abroad. Can I study in that location and opt out of housing so that I can live with my friend or family member? Sure! However, you'll need to ensure the program you're applying for allows you to opt-out of housing. For example, students participating in an ISEP Exchange of Faculty-Led program typically cannot opt-out of housing. However, some other program types may allow students to opt-out of the housing provided.

Application

  1. Am I required to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application? Yes. All UNC Charlotte students are required to complete an OEA application if they go abroad under the auspice of being a UNC Charlotte student, regardless of the program abroad. This includes any study abroad program, grants, research, internships, volunteering and conferences, etc abroad.
  2. Can I apply for more than one program at a time? In most cases, students are only able to apply for one program for a single term. However, in some cases, students can list second choice programs or may be able to apply for more than one program (within the same program type) for that semester. Please see more information below, which will be depending upon which program type the student is applying for:
    • UNC Charlotte Exchange - Students will apply to their first choice host university and are able to identify a back up university (from the list of UNC Charlotte exchange partners) in their application
    • Statewide Exchange (BW/NC only) - Students will apply to their first choice host university and are able to identify a back up university (from the list of BW/NC host universities) in their application
    • ISEP Exchange - Students will apply to their first choice host university and are able to identify up to 9 additional back up universities (from the list of ISEP exchange partners) in their application in priority order
    • Affiliate Provider - Students are only eligible to apply to one affiliate provider program for the term they are going abroad. This is also for the students benefit as all affiliate providers charge application fees that are a few hundred dollars
    • Faculty-Led - Students can apply to multiple programs, but whether or not they may participate in more than one in a given term depends on the program
  3. Is the application process the same for each program? No. The application process will change depending on which program type you are applying for, and in some cases, which university you're applying for.
  4. If I'm looking at a program brochure on OEA's website and it says "This program is currently not accepting applications" or "no application cycles exist for this program," what does that mean? This means that the program exists, but it's currently not accepting applications. This may be because it's too early to apply for the program for a future term, and the previous term deadline has already passed.
  5. Where can I learn more about the application process? You can learn more about the application process here.
  6. Am I guaranteed acceptance? No. Students will complete the OEA application in order to be approved to go abroad. Then, depending on the amount of placement spots in the program, either OEA or the affiliate provider (depending on program type), will be accepting students into the program. Approval or acceptance is not guaranteed. However, students who meet the eligibility requirements of the program and complete an application as soon as possible generally have a high chance of placement.
  7. I want to go abroad with my friend who is also a UNC Charlotte student. Can we go abroad on the same program? Sure! As long as both students meet the eligibility requirements of the program and complete the required application(s), it's possible for students to go abroad together. However, approval or acceptance is not guaranteed.
  8. I want to go abroad with my friend who is not a UNC Charlotte student. Can we go abroad on the same program? Possibly! It will depend on whether or not the non-UNC Charlotte student's home university allows them to participate in the same program you want to apply for, and vice versa. And remember; approval or acceptance is not guaranteed.
  9. I am a recent transfer student at UNC Charlotte. When can I study abroad? Transfer students must first establish their UNC Charlotte GPA. Then, they can apply for a study abroad program (as long as a UNC Charlotte GPA is established at time of the application deadline) the subsequent semester.
  10. I am a freshmen. When can I study abroad? Freshmen must complete 2 full-time semesters at UNC Charlotte before they are eligible to go abroad (generally the summer after their Freshman year students can go abroad).

All information listed above is subject to change.