Participants can choose from over 1,000 program options in over 70 different countries around the world! Here are some things to consider:
The safety of our students is the Office of Education Abroad's top priority. While students can study or intern abroad almost anywhere around the globe, there are restrictions. UNC Charlotte students cannot study or participate in University-sponsored activities abroad in any location that the U.S. Department of State identifies as Level 3 or Level 4 according to their travel advisories. Note that conditions can change rapidly in a given location at any time, so you should check your intended destination's advisory level regularly. Examples of reasons the Department of State might issue a particular travel advisory level may include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. Travel advisories remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years.
Please review our Travel to Restricted Areas policy for more information.
Remember that you do not have to be proficient in another language in order to be eligible to study abroad. However, while there are really great programs offered in English-speaking countries, these locations can sometimes be some of the most expensive places to travel to and study in due to their cost of living (this is all relative, though). Moreover, we highly recommend that students consider pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone to study in locations where their native language is not a national language. Even if you will be taking courses in English/your native language, while outside the classroom you will find yourself in a full-on language (and thus cultural!) immersion experience. Immersion is the #1 way to learn or improve your language ability. Think back to when you were a child: how did learn your native language? You certainly weren't taking online hybrid language courses at the age of 2. As a child, your family and friends were speaking your language to you 24/7, which is how you learned that language. This is exactly what happens to you when you go abroad in a location that doesn't speak your native language, whether or not you're in class studying that language.
While abroad in a country whose national language is not your native language, you will have an invaluable opportunity to be immersed in the host country language and culture. However, it's also very easy to find other Americans on the program with you that semester, where you can eventually lock yourself in an "American Bubble" where you constantly speak English day-to-day and focus on American culture. While easier said than done, do your best to get involved with opportunities to put you in touch with local students and residents so that you can improve your understanding of their language and way of life.