Study Abroad 101

Office of Education Abroad, Study Abroad 101: Your Journey Starts HereThe Office of Education Abroad (OEA) at UNC Charlotte is excited that you are interested in studying or interning abroad! Completing Study Abroad 101 is the first required step for all UNC Charlotte students. Before you begin researching your options and in order to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor or start a study abroad application, you'll need to complete all tasks associated with Study Abroad 101. See below for more information!

Study Abroad 101 explains the different program types you can choose from, how to search for programs, information on costs to consider, financial aid and scholarships, and more! Study Abroad 101 is not a class, but consists of completing a few items in the OEA application portal and watching videos that cover important basic information regarding the study abroad process and options. 

Completing all parts of Study Abroad 101 is the required first step for all UNC Charlotte students who want to go abroad. You are able to complete Study Abroad 101 at your own pace. Just be sure to complete it with enough time to research all of your options, meet with an Education Abroad Advisor (if required), and complete all applications as needed.

The OEA requires all UNC Charlotte students to complete Study Abroad 101 as their first step for a variety of reasons.

First of all, you probably have a lot of questions about studying abroad! We want you to understand all of your different options and resources (there are a lot!) before you start a study abroad application and as you progress through each step, especially since many of the processes you will need to follow will depend on the type of program you do. Study Abroad 101 will help answer many of your initial questions and give you the foundational knowledge you need to start researching program options on the OEA website. 

While we support students in a variety of ways as you explore options, before departure, while abroad, and upon your return, remember that the OEA cannot tell you which program will be the best fit for you. It is up to you to use the resources we provide - including Study Abroad 101 - to select your program and prepare for your experience.

Study Abroad 101 Requirements

To complete Study Abroad 101, you will need to:

  1. Create an Advising Application in the OEA Portal
  2. Complete all requirements listed in the Advising Application per the instructions provided

Step 1: Create an Advising Application

First, you'll need to create an Advising Application in the OEA Portal. This is NOT an application to study abroad. 

Start Your Advising Application Here

Note to recently-admitted students

If you were recently admitted to attend UNC Charlotte but have not yet started taking classes (e.g., first year students starting in the Fall, transfer students about to start at UNC Charlotte, etc.), you will not be able to create an Advising Application until your NinerNet credentials are active, which will take place a few days into the start of your first semester of classes per UNC Charlotte's academic calendar. This is because, although you have received your NinerNet credentials and have access to some university systems, per ITS processes these credentials will not be active for you to use all university systems until you actually start classes. In this case, the OEA recommends that you watch the Study Abroad 101 videos in the meantime and then complete the Advising Application as soon as you're eligible to do so.

Note to Non-UNC Charlotte Students

Please ensure you click the "Non-UNC Charlotte Login" option and read the information provided. When creating your account for the first time, you should choose "Applicant" under the "First Time Users" heading.

Step 2: Complete All Advising Application Requirements

Once you have created your account in the OEA Portal, you will have access to complete the remaining Study Abroad 101 requirements in your Advising Application. More instructions on these requirements are provided in the application. Requirements include:

1. Watch the Study Abroad 101 Videos

Please click on each of the following links to review each Study Abroad 101 Video. We recommend that you review the videos in the order presented:

The series can also be viewed in its entirety through this Study Abroad 101 playlist

We recommend that you take down notes or questions to discuss with an Education Abroad Advisor as you review each video. The more you get out of the videos, the easier your research and the more valuable your advising appointment (if applicable) will be.

Viewers with disabilities may request copies of the transcript for each video by emailing

2. Complete the Study Abroad 101 Assessment

It is important that you pay close attention to each video to ensure you understand the information presented. After you have watched each Study Abroad 101 video in its entirety, you can then proceed to take the Study Abroad 101 Assessment in your Advising Application (under the "Assessments" section). 

You will have 10 attempts to score a 100% on the assessment. As the answers to the questions can be found in the Study Abroad 101 videos, there should be no reason you fail the assessment or need to take it more than the amount of times allotted. Only once you pass the assessment with 100% are you eligible to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor. Depending on the program for which you wish to apply, meeting with an advisor may be required in order for you to start a study abroad application

3. Electronically Sign Signature Documents

Signature documents are pieces of information that you read and electronically sign in the OEA application portal, indicating that you have read the information and agree to the instructions or terms outlined.

4. Complete Questionnaire

Within your Advising Application you will have a questionnaire that asks for more information about you and your study abroad interests. This information helps you and your Education Abroad Advisor prepare for your advising appointment in advance (if applicable).

5. Read & Mark Learning Content as Read

Your Advising Application includes a section called "Learning Content" that consists of resources designed to help you throughout the advising process. To complete these, simply click on the learning content, read the information, and mark off the learning content as having been read.

research programs

After completing Study Abroad 101, you're not quite ready to start an application. It is critical that you first research all of your program options based on the guidance provided in Study Abroad 101. The OEA website is full of resources to help you better understand the differences between program types, instructions on how to search and filter through approved programs, and more.

Review Study Abroad Phases

To better understand the phases you will progress through (i.e. researching, applying, pre-departure, while abroad, upon return), refer to our Getting Started tab.

Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor (if required or desired)

Only after you have completed Study Abroad 101 and have conducted thoroughly research on the OEA's website are you eligible to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor. You can learn more about how to schedule an appointment here.

Choose Your Program

Once you have researched all of your options, asked questions and have identified the program that's the best academic, financial, and personal fit for you, you are then ready to move forward with the application process.


Once you have identified the program that's the best academic, financial, and personal fit for you, you should then follow the steps on our How to Apply tab under the program type you are apply for.