Embedded (e.g. Spring Break)

This includes Faculty Led Spring and Fall Break programs.

Embedded simply means that the study abroad experience is a required part of a UNC Charlotte course(s) taught during the Fall or Spring semester. 

  1. Students first apply for the study abroad program via the Office of Education Abroad website
  2. When prompted by the OEA, confirmed participants register themselves in the on-campus course(s) tied to the study abroad program in their MyUNCC just like they would any other course
  3. Participants spend the applicable semester in class and travel abroad together over the program's dates (from 8 days to several weeks, depending on the program) with their Faculty Director(s) as a required part of that course

The international experience supplements the coursework taught on-campus during the semester and gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn on campus to the experience abroad. Depending on the program, students may take courses at a local university in a classroom setting, 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.


  • Faculty-led programs are academic experiences. As such, all participants are required to receive academic credit for the study abroad experience. It is not possible to audit the course or participate in a non-credit-seeking capacity, even if you do not want or need the credit provided
  • Participants may receive credit for the pre-specified credit offerings listed in the program's brochure only
  • Students must be present for all program activities, including any class sessions and the travel component itself
  • Additional course requirements, policies, and schedule are set by the program's Faculty Director(s)
  • Students should expect regular class meetings on UNC Charlotte's campus both before and after the international travel component, just like any other on-campus course


  • Credit will be granted for coursework and travel and will be issued by UNC Charlotte
  • The UNC Charlotte course credit and hours to be received are listed in online program brochure (links to search programs found at the end of this page)
  • Students should consult the UNC Charlotte course catalog and/or their Academic Advisor to verify any pre-requisites of the courses offered, to confirm in which of the offered courses they should register (if the program offers several course options), and to confirm how the course credit will fulfill their curriculum and graduation requirements

How Will I Register in the Study Abroad Course(s)?

  • Participants are required to register for the corresponding on-campus course by the University add/drop deadline for the applicable term
  • Students will either do this via their MyUNCCor Faculty Directors will work with their departments to enroll all participants on their behalf
  • The study abroad course will appear on student's course schedules for the term of travel

When Will I Be Able to Register in the Study Abroad Courses?

  • Students will not be able to register in the study abroad courses until well after registration for the applicable semester has already opened
  • The course section tied to the study abroad program should be closed or restricted so that only students participating in the study abroad program may register for it
  • The OEA will notify students by email when they are able to register; this typically occurs within a few weeks after the program's final confirmation deadline (not right after students are approved)
  • The Faculty Director will then provide participants with the section number for the course tied to the study abroad program OR will enroll all participants in the applicable course
  • Students concerned about potential schedule conflicts should consult with the program's Faculty Director and/or their academic advisor

Just like any other course, students will be unable to register in the study abroad course if they have a hold on their UNC Charlotte Student Account.


  • Participants will receive A-F grades for all courses taken abroad (no pass/fail)
  • All study abroad courses will be reported on student's official UNC Charlotte transcripts
  • All grades from study abroad courses are calculated into students' cumulative GPA
  • The OEA does not determine the credit to be received nor award grades


  • The program's Faculty Director will grade students per the regular University processes and timelines 
  • All grades from study abroad courses are calculated into students' cumulative GPA

Program costs vary. Because the course(s) tied to the study abroad program makes up part of their credit hour load for the applicable semester, participants in an embedded study abroad program pay both UNC Charlotte tuition and fees for the applicable semester and the study abroad program fee.

Paid to the Office of Education Abroad

  1. Non-refundable application fee (usually $10.00)
  2. Program fee for the study abroad component of the course (amount varies by program)
    1. Expenses included in the program fee vary by program. Detailed explanations of what is and is not included are provided in the program's brochure, but the fee will always include at least:
      1. Study Abroad Administrative fee 
      2. Mandatory international health insurance fee 
      3. Various travel expenses. The program fee is used to pay included program expenses (as inidicated in the program brochure) on the participant's behalf before travel
    2. The program fee is typically broken up into several payments. Payment amounts and due dates are detailed in the online program brochure and within students' OEA applications

For more information, please review our Billing Information page.


  • The first program fee payment is the non-refundable deposit (amount can vary by program; specified in program's online brochure)
  • The deposit is one of the confirmation steps and cannot be deferred or broken up into smaller payments. It must be submitted in full by no later the program's final confirmation deadline or before the program meets its maximum enrollment in order to hold a student's place in the program once approved
  • Because of rolling admissions, all students are encouraged to complete the confirmation steps per the instructions in their study abroad application as soon as possible once their application is approved and by no later than the program's final confirmation deadline

Paid to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte

  • Cost of tuition & fees according to the student's residency, level (Undergraduate or Graduate), and credit hour load (to include the Spring or Fall course[s] tied to the program abroad)

Additional Expenses

Review study abroad Costs to Consider. Some expenses listed may be included in the study abroad program fee, in which case they will not need to be paid separately. Confirm fee inclusions in the online program brochure (linked at the end of this page).

Faculty Led Spring Break programs are no longer accepting applications for 2019. Check back in the Fall of 2019 for future offerings. 

Spring/Spring Break   Fall/Fall Break


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