Overview of Study Abroad

We know that studying abroad can be an overwhelming process, so here's some information that may help you better understand the basics:


The general rule is that students cannot graduate the same semester they study abroad unless they participate in a Faculty-Led program. This is because, only with Faculty-Led programs, we are typically able to receive grades in time to process them for graduation that same semester.

Please note that this does not mean that they cannot study abroad the same semester they're supposed to graduate; they can, but their graduation date would be pushed. If they're okay with this (and they're encouraged to discuss this with your Academic Advisor(s) as well), then we are happy to allow them to go abroad.

Any Major or Minor Can go abroad

We know the academic process can be difficult for some majors, but we stand by the fact that any major or minor can study or intern abroad. This even applies for the students who go abroad during  Spring Break or Summer (so they can stay on track with curriculum requirements fall and spring) - or if they take a course that simply interests them. Please do not tell students they cannot study abroad because of their major! Some students are flexible and are willing to go abroad and then load up on courses or take summer courses the following semesters to ensure they stay on track (if they're unable to find a program that's a "perfect" academic fit for them).

Academic Credit

We encourage you to explore our Academic Credit tab here that explains how the process works depending on which program type the student pursues. Here's some general information about academic credit:

  • Students will receive UNC Charlotte equivalent credit for any course they take abroad (not transfer credit)
  • It's up to the Department Chair of the corresponding academic department to determine the UNC Charlotte equivalent course
  • Students are expected to take the equivalent of full-time credit at UNC Charlotte while abroad
  • Financial aid (and some scholarship) recipients must take the equivalent of full-time credit at UNC Charlotte while abroad
  • OEA will report any course the student took abroad, including the grade earned even if the student:
    • Failed the course
    • Doesn't need the course to graduate
    • Simply doesn't want it reported
  • Students will receive an A-F letter grade for any course they take abroad. Pass/Fail credit is not awarded unless special permission is arranged in advance with the applicable academic department and is allowable under UNC Charlotte catalog rules.


Take a look at our Eligibility tab to learn more about when students can go and what general requirements they must meet.

Length of Program

Students can choose from fall break, spring break, fall, spring, year and summer options! Take a look at our When Can You Go tab for more information.


Language is not required for the  majority of programs offered through the Office of Education Abroad. There are courses offered in English in nearly every location offered through the OEA. However, courses taught in English with each location may cover all majors. If the student is not fluent in the native language, It is strongly recommended that the student research course availability in English when exploring their options.

Money Matters

We have a whole Money Matters section of our website we encourage you to explore. However, here is some general information:

  • Many want to know "how much does it cost to go abroad?" Well, this depends on a ton of different factors: The program type, the program length, the student's residency, the exchange rate, the cost of living abroad, immigration requirements & more. Each program costs something different, so students are encouraged to explore our program brochures diligently, which outline the estimated costs associated with that particular program
  • Financial aid recipients who are awarded aid for the semester they intend to go abroad can use their full award that semester to put towards study abroad expenses, as long as they are receiving the equivalent of full-time credit at UNC Charlotte while they're abroad that semester
  • There are a ton of scholarship opportunities & students are more than encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for


  • Students are eligible to study abroad all over the globe, but there are exceptions for countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories at level 3 or 4 (see UNC Charlotte's policy on travel to restricted areas).
  • Students will be covered under a mandatory international health insurance while abroad
  • Explore our Preparing to Go Abroad section for more information on health & safety, housing, diversity abroad, immigration & more!