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When researching program options it is important to consider the host university/program academic calendar as it will likely differ greatly from the UNC Charlotte academic calendar. Each program will have different program dates, and in some cases may overlap with another term at UNC Charlotte. So it is essential that students consider which dates will work for them individually and when they need to return to UNC Charlotte.
Some students may be interested in participating in two back-to-back programs in different locations. This is definitely possible; however, you will need to keep in mind that there may be some extra logistical steps you will need to take in order to do so. You would need to complete two separate OEA applications (and any applicable additional applications required, depending on the program). Also, it will be your responsibility to consider immigration and pre-departure preparation requirements for each program.
All students are encouraged to consult with their Academic Advisors as necessary regarding when the best time(s) for them to study abroad may be based on their degree requirements.
Depending on which specific program you participate in, your program may allow you to choose which housing option you would prefer, or the program may only offer one type of accommodation. Remember, you'll always want to review program brochures carefully for more information on the accommodation types offered, the estimated cost of the accommodations (if separate from the program fee), what is included in these accommodation types, to whom housing is paid, and more. What follows are some general types of housing typically associated with most programs.
- Hotels/Hostels - Shorter-term programs (e.g. spring break) primarily utilize hotels or hostels due to the limited time spent abroad. Rooms are typically shared occupancy with other program participants.
- Dorms/Residence Halls - Programs associated with a local university often offer dormitory style housing. Students will likely share a room with another program participant. Depending on the dorm or residence hall, students may have a small kitchen in their unit, a kitchen on their floor, or a shared kitchen in their building.
- Homestay - Students live with a local family in the host city. The homestay option is a great way to immerse oneself in a local language, as well as experience the food, culture, and values of a local family. Many students create life-long friendships with their host family members lasting beyond their study abroad experience. Students will likely have a private room and have access to the bathroom, kitchen and common areas of the homestay.
- Apartment - Just like off-campus apartments in Charlotte, students will likely have their own room, a shared common room, and kitchen. It is possible that anywhere from 2 to 6+ participants could live in an apartment together. Apartment style living offers students a greater sense of independence, the opportunity to live with local students, international students, and maybe other students from your program.
- Independent Housing - Some programs may offer the option to opt out of the provided housing, which means you can set up housing on your own. This option is not recommended. It is difficult to find housing on your own in an unfamiliar location and city. Housing provided by a program is vetted for safety and livability. However, in some cases students may have family or friends who live in the host city. It may be possible to live with them while participating in the program abroad; but only if the program itself allows students to secure their own independent housing.