Academics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is comprised of several colleges and professional schools, all of which offer academic courses. However, courses are generally restricted to students who have been admitted to that particular college or professional school. Please review the information below regarding academic options available for exchange and GVSP students.

Exchange students and Global Visiting Students can take courses in any department within the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes more than 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary curricula. Click CAS Dept List document to see all the departments and department codes in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please note that international students will only be able to take 2 courses in the Psychology and Economics departments.

The course listing is available for review in the UNC Catalog. All the courses listed are not offered every semester. The course offerings for the fall term will be available in early February and the course listing for spring semester course will be available in early October.

Exchange students and Global Visiting Students cannot take courses in the professional schools unless your home university has a specific agreement with that school. The professional schools include:

  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Law School
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Government
  • School of Information & Library Science
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

Course enrollment for the fall semester will begin in early April and course enrollment for the spring semester will begin in early November. Please make sure to obtain the necessary approvals from your home university. Undergraduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Graduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

Undergraduates are only permitted to take courses numbered 100-699. If the exchange agreement does permit the exchange of graduate students, then students will be admitted at that level. Only those students who are admitted by our office as graduate students are permitted to take courses numbered 700 and above. Graduate students may also take courses numbered 400 – 699, but are not permitted to take courses numbered below 400.

The course numbering system is as follows:

  • 50-099: First Year Seminars [not available to exchange students]
  • 100-199: Introductory level undergraduate courses [undergraduate students only]
  • 200-399: Undergraduate courses deemed to be above the introductory level [undergraduate students only]
  • 400-699: Courses open to undergraduates and graduate students [undergraduate and graduate students]
  • 700-999 Graduate courses [available only to graduate exchange students, see above]

With the exception of the important distinction between introductory and non-introductory courses, students generally should not assume that courses have been arranged in ascending order of difficulty or specialization (i.e., ENGL 420 is not necessarily more difficult than ENGL 340). Departmental numbering schemes will vary by department.

Fall semester: begins mid-August; ends early to mid-December

Spring semester: begins early January; ends early May