Study Abroad 101

The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) at UNC Charlotte is excited that you are interested in studying abroad! 

WHAT IS STUDY ABROAD 101?

Study Abroad 101 is the first step to studying abroad at UNC Charlotte, as there is a lot of information you need to know and understand before moving forward with an application to study abroad. This is not a course that you enroll in, but is a a series of videos that walk you through important information and resources you'll need in order for you to choose the best program for you followed by a brief assessment based on the videos. You can watch the videos at your own pace, on your own time, and re-watch videos whenever and as often as you need to as you go through the study abroad process.

In most cases, you will be required to complete Study Abroad 101 in order to start an application to study abroad (not sure? Refer to our application process page) by completing the following steps. Only then will you be eligible to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor, which in some cases, is required in order for you to gain access to the required OEA application to study abroad.

How to Complete Study Abroad 101

First, you'll need to create a profile in the OEA application system and start what's called an advising application. Please note this is NOT an application to study abroad, but is a simple page comprised of the Study Abroad 101 requirements and an "Advising Questionnaire," which asks you questions about your study abroad interests and goals that your Education Abroad advisor will use during your advising appointment (if required).

Important Note for recently-admitted students: If you were recently admitted to attend UNC Charlotte but have not yet started taking classes (i.e., first year student starting in the Fall), you will not be able to complete this or Step 3 on this page until 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. You are more than welcome to start with Step 2 for now and complete Steps 1 & 3 as soon as possible once your NinerNet credentials fully activate.

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 be viewed in its entirety through this Study Abroad 101 playlist

Each video covers valuable information to help you understand the different program types, study abroad resources, and how you can identify which program might be best for you. 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

Viewers with disabilities may request copies of the transcript for each video by emailing edabroad@uncc.edu.

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. This assessment is located in your Advising Application under the "Assessment" section. The answers to each question are discussed in the Study Abroad 101 videos, so you should not have any difficulty answering them. 

You only 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 are you eligible to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor (if meeting with an Advisor is the next required step as indicated on the application process website for the program type you're applying for).

Important Note for recently-admitted students: If you were recently admitted to attend UNC Charlotte but have not yet started taking classes (i.e., first year student starting in the Fall), you will not be able to complete this or Step 1 on this page until 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. You are more than welcome to start with Step 2 for now and complete Steps 1 & 3 as soon as possible once your NinerNet credentials fully activate. 

Review our Getting Started page to learn what to do once you have completed all parts of Study Abroad 101.