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UNC Study Abroad Office:
Mission, Values, Vision


The Study Abroad Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill creates transformative learning experiences for all students to pursue their Carolina education at sites around the world. The Office works with partners worldwide to manage a dynamic portfolio of inclusive and accessible programs designed for students of any academic discipline, ability, background, or financial means. Based within the College of Arts & Sciences, the Study Abroad Office is affiliated with UNC Global and is a resource for the entire Carolina community.


Diversity, Inclusion, and Access

We promote access to study abroad for every UNC-Chapel Hill and incoming exchange student by actively working to reduce academic and financial barriers. UNC study abroad programs are designed to support students of all backgrounds, identities, and disciplines. We develop low-cost options and award generous scholarships.


Innovative program models and comprehensive advising services meet the evolving academic needs, professional goals, personal interests, schedules, and financial realities of UNC’s diverse student body.

Experiential Learning

The academic rigor of study abroad programs is consistent with the on-campus curriculum, with the additional benefit of experiential learning in a different culture. Tar Heels who study abroad become lifelong learners, approach the world with curiosity and an open mind, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


We work closely and reciprocally with the entire UNC Chapel Hill community and with global partners.

Ethics and Accountability

UNC study abroad programs adhere to established principles and ethical standards for educational quality, equity, health and safety, fiscal management, and professional qualifications.

Global Mindset

Study abroad programs advance UNC Chapel Hill’s goals for cultivating a global mindset—in which global perspectives are integrated throughout teaching, learning, and research—among students, faculty, and staff.


Study abroad will be integral to the Carolina curriculum, with the support of faculty across disciplines. Our goal is that  more than half of UNC Chapel Hill students will study abroad as part of their undergraduate degree program. Students who study abroad will thrive as innovative, globally-minded members of their communities in North Carolina and beyond.