How to Apply

Click Login above and then select Incoming Exchange Students. Your first step is to complete the New User Registration and create a profile and your own login credentials. After you complete the registration process, you will receive an email with your temporary login credentials. Click the link in the email to complete your application.

Please note the following requirements as you register:

  • Please enter your full legal name as it appears on your passport. Since the name you provide will appear on official documents, please use both UPPER and LOWER case letters.
    • You will have the opportunity to input a nickname or another name other than your legal first name on later screens.
    • U.S. Visa regulations require that you enter your name as it appears on your passport, but using only Latin characters without accents or special characters, such as umlauts. The standard conversion of an umlauted character is to follow the character with an “e”. For example, enter:
      • Nuñez as Nunez
      • Sørenson as Sorenson
      • Schönfeld as Schoenfeld
      • Hélène as Helene
    • Numbers, apostrophes, commas, periods, and hyphens are permitted, as in Sarah O’Connor; John Smith, Jr.; and Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Otherwise, use only the characters: Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

Use our Program Search to locate the application for your home university.

  • In the box marked Show, select Incoming Exchange from the drop down menu
  • Type in the name of your university in the box marked Program Name
  • Click Search
  • On the next page, click on the name of your exchange university/program in the column labeled Program Name
  • The next page provides academic information that applies to your home university’s exchange program with UNC, application deadlines,and a link to the Application

A full list of our exchange partner programs is available here.

Once you find your exchange program, if applications are open, click the Apply Now button. Answer Ok at the prompt “You are about to create an application. Are you sure you wish to do this?”

Applications are online and consist of multiple components tailored to your program. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure your application is complete. Each application component is listed on your account page. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully, as there may be required follow-up steps. The item are divided into the following categories:

  • Questionnaires: items that students respond to – may be short answer responses, essays, or items that you must upload into the system
  • Materials: items that are digitally signed
  • Recommendations: no recommendation forms are required
  • Learning Content and Assessment: Items with important information that you will read

When you finish all required items, click Submit Application. Please complete all requirements before the deadline to be considered.

Please note: No items need to be physically mailed to the UNC Study Abroad Office. All required items are submitted in this system.

Below is a list of items required for nearly every application. Some applications require additional items not listed here. Each item has more instructions on the application.

  • Students Rights & Responsibilities and UNC Honor Code: These items discuss important UNC rules, regulations, and policies you are required to follow as part of your program at UNC
  • Disciplinary History Questionnaire: You may complete an application to study abroad but are not permitted to participate in any program while under any pending charges or university sanctions until all requirements of your sanction(s) have been satisfied. Documentation is required prior to departure.
  • English Language Proficiency: If English is not your native language, you will need to provide copies of your scores on the TOEFL iBT, APIEL, or IELTS tests.
  • Essay: Respond to the prompt to tell us about your plans to study at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Transcript: Upload a copy of your official transcript from your home institution.
  • Host Institution Approval: Document completed by the study abroad or international office at your home institution.
  • Letter of Reference: Applicants to the GVSP must submit two letters of reference on official university letterhead from instructors or professors who are familiar with your academic work.

  • Exchange Students:

Note: Please check with your home university for their requirements which may be higher.

    • GPA: Minimum 2.8/4.0
    • English Language Proficiency: TOEFL 85; IELTS 6; Cambridge English First Test B2 on the CEFR; Pearson English Language Test Level 3 or 65
    • Essay (included in online application)
    • Approval by Home University Representative at UNC-CH partner institution (form included in online application)

Other English proficiency guidelines:

We will accept a letter from the student’s home institution that certifies that their level of English proficiency meets the requirements based on prior studies in an English-taught curriculum (secondary school or university), or a good passing grade in an English language training course specifically for exchange applicants.

  • Global Visiting Students Program:
    • GPA: Mimimum 3.3/4.0
    • English Language Proficiency: TOEFL 90; IELTS 6.5
    • Two Academic Letters of Recommendation
    • Essay (included in online application)
    • Approval by Home University Representative (form included in online application

  • Fall and Academic Year terms:
    • Applications available: December 1
    • Nomination deadline: March 8
    • Application deadline: March 15
  • Spring term
    • Applications available: August 1
    • Nomination deadline October 8
    • Application deadline October 15

All application will be reviewed after the deadline and acceptance decisions will communicated via email within five (5) business days after the application deadline.

You will receive a decision on your application on, or most likely before, the Decision Date designated on the program brochure page. Note, your participation in study abroad is subject to admission by the host institution as well. In most cases, this is largely a formality, but admission is not guaranteed.

Your application will have a status of “Pending” until the Study Abroad Office has processed your application and has reached a decision on the status of your application. The status of your “Pending” application will be updated to one of the following, once the Decision Date for the Program has been reached:

  • Accepted: you have completed the application, meet all program eligibility requirements, and SAO endorses your participation in the program. However, you are not yet considered a participant in the program until you have confirmed your participation by “committing” to the program and completing all required items.
  • Waitlist: you have completed the program application and you meet all program eligibility requirements, but SAO is not able to consider your participation in the program unless and until another place in the program becomes available.
  • Denied: you have completed the program application, but were not selected for participation in the Program.
  • Withdrawn: SAO has withdrawn your application for the program because you did not complete the application requirements or because you clicked the “Withdraw” button next to your program application on your Applicant Home Page.