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Welcome

Welcome

Dear UNC Parents and Families,

Congratulations to you and your student! Studying abroad is one of the best decisions a student can make in their time at Carolina. More than 40 percent of Tar Heels study abroad as part of their undergraduate education. Study abroad at UNC Chapel Hill truly is for everyone—regardless of major, financial need, residency, first generation status, previous travel experience, or other factors. Our team in the Study Abroad Office is thrilled to be a part of your student’s journey.

Studying abroad has lifelong benefits. Evidence shows that students who study abroad generally perform better in college than their peers. They gain confidence, along with problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking skills. A semester or summer studying abroad has the potential to shape their academic, personal, and career decisions for years to come. This was certainly the case for me. My time in Spain and Guatemala tested my independence and language skills, and I returned home with a greater sense of purpose. It was transformative for my family as well–my parents applied for their first passports so they could visit me. Now, as a parent myself, I’ve prioritized global experience as part of my children’s education.

We realize that the decision to study abroad is a significant commitment for students and their families. It can be challenging to choose a program that meets the requirements for a major, apply for scholarships, book flights, and learn how to navigate in a different country. From advising on best-fit programs and walking students through the financial aspects of studying abroad, to monitoring health and safety on our programs around the world, our team in the Study Abroad Office is here to help every step of the way. We hope the resources on this site will be helpful throughout the study abroad process—before, during, and after your student’s international experience. If at any point you or your student have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for supporting your student and being a part of their global education.

Go #heelsabroad!

Heather Ward
Associate Dean for Study Abroad
and International Exchanges