Exchange programs are geared towards students who are independent and ready for cultural immersion. Students will essentially be treated as a local student at the host university. The term "exchange" means that UNC Charlotte students study abroad at partner institutions and an international student studies at UNC Charlotte (essentially "swapping places"). This model is ultimately what allows UNC Charlotte students to continue to pay full-time tuition & fees while they are abroad on this type of program.
Exchange Program Types
Exchange programs are offered on a fall, spring or year basis only. Some programs may not offer a fall semester option because the host university's academic calendar does not align with UNC Charlotte's academic calendar. There are three different types of exchanges: UNC Charlotte Exchange, Statewide Exchange and ISEP Exchange. Combined, there are over 150+ exchange programs to choose from in over 50 different countries. One exchange type is not better than the other; the program structure and universities are simply different. Students are encouraged to research each exchange type to find the right fit for them. Use the following buttons to explore the different exchange options:
Before reviewing the costs specifically associated with a give exchange program, students should familiarize themselves with the Costs to Consider and Financial Planning sections of the OEA website. A Cost Estimate Worksheet for each exchange program will be listed on the program brochures. Cost Estimate Worksheets provide a list all of the expenses paid to the OEA along with estimated costs for anticipated expenses not billed by the OEA.
|UNC Charlotte Exchange||Statewide Exchange||ISEP Exchange|
|Paid to the OEA||
|Paid to Third Party||N/A||Students will pay an application fee to the North Carolina institution that manages the exchange||Students will pay an application fee, placement fee and health insurance fee to ISEP|
|Paid to the Host University or in Host Country||
|Paid to UNC Charlotte Student Accounts||Full-time tuition and fees|
|Other Costs to Consider||
|Before Research Programs||
|While Researching Programs||
|Upon Approval & Placement||
Reviewing Course Lists and Descriptions
Each program brochure will have an "Academics" or "Courses" section where students can access a list of courses offered at that institution. Students may find it helpful to first find out what UNC Charlotte courses they will need to take in the upcoming semesters to complete graduation requirements by meeting with their academic adviser. It is then recommended you search for the UNC Charlotte course descriptions on the academic department's websites, if possible. By having a list of courses and course descriptions you need to take here at UNC Charlotte in front of you while researching courses on programs abroad you will be better prepared to determine whether or not a host university course may satisfy a curriculum requirement.
Tips for Researching Courses:
- Keep in mind that areas of study may be called something different in the host country
- Ultimately the Department Chair of the corresponding academic department or Graduate Program Director here at UNC Charlotte will have the final say on what UNC Charlotte equivalent courses can be assigned to any courses taken abroad
- The course description or syllabus is most important when the Department Chair/Graduate Program Director determines the UNC Charlotte equivalent course.
First visit the How to Apply section of the OEA website to learn more about the steps to applying for a study abroad program. The first step to applying is completing the Study Abroad 101 requirement. After completing the 101 students should request access to an application by filling out the OEA Application Request form. Students applying for an exchange program will need to complete two or more applications. The first step will be to complete the OEA application in order to receive approval to go abroad. The second step will be to complete supplemental application materials either to the host university or a third party organization (e.g. ISEP) facilitating the exchange in order to receive final acceptance into the program.
OEA Application Review and Approval Process
First, the OEA will determine if the student meets the general eligibility requirements for study abroad as well as any program specific eligibility requirements. After the application deadline passes, the OEA will review and evaluate all application components to see if the student can be approved to participate in the program. Once approved, students will then be placed with a host institution. If placement spots are available, and the student has been approved by the OEA, the student will then be notified via email 3-5 weeks after the deadline has passed.
Note that approval and placement is not guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to list a second and third choice university from the list of UNC Charlotte exchange programs in their OEA application. In the event that the OEA cannot place a student at their first choice university, they will attempt to place the student at their second or third choice.
Once a student has been notified by the OEA that they are approved and placed at a host university, the student will then need to complete supplemental application materials required by the host university, the sponsoring institution, and/or ISEP in order to receive official acceptance into the program. Upon your placements, the OEA will provide further instructions on supplemental application requirements, how to complete them, and deadlines. Students must be prepared to be diligent in completing supplemental application materials in a timely manner or they may not receive consideration from the host university.