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Program Overview

Student Exchange Programs

International students can apply to the exchange program if their home university has a partnership agreement with UNC Chapel Hill. The applicant must be nominated by their home university to be considered for admission to the program. As an exchange student all tuition and fees are paid to your home university.

Several exchange programs are available

Direct Exchange: A direct exchange agreement with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, excluding the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Baden Wurtemburg Exchange: an exchange agreement with Baden Wurtemburg universities.

BCSP Exchange: an exchange agreement with the Bologna Consortial Studies Program.

Graduate Teaching Assistants: graduate students or teachers take classes and teach specific classes for a UNC department. We currently have agreements with the Romance Languages Department (French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese) and the Germanic and Slavic Languages Department (German).

Contact the study abroad or international office at your home university to learn about opportunities to study at UNC and the application process.

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Application Requirements

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)
  • Nomination by Home University Representative at UNC-CH partner institution

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 Student Program

Undergraduate international students can apply for the Global Visiting Students Program if their home university does not have an exchange partnership agreement with UNC Chapel Hill. The applicant must get the approval of their home university and will be responsible for full UNC Chapel Hill out-of-state tuition and fees.

Application Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum 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