What do I do first?
Begin by making some general decisions about your study abroad experience:
- How long would you like to study abroad? Do you plan to go on a faculty-led trip, or study on your own through an exchange program?
- Is there a country or region of the world where you would like to study?
- When do you want to study abroad?
- Do you want your classes to be in English or in a foreign language? If you want to learn in a foreign language, how well do you speak the language?
- Do you need to take courses for your major while you are abroad, or will you be taking electives?
- Check out eligibility requirements for study abroad.
Next, gather information
If you want to travel abroad for a semester or a year:
- Look at the exchange partners website for a list of current partner schools and consortiums.
- Which schools interest you? Does it offer the courses you need?
- Make an appointment with the Study Abroad (SA) Coordinator to discuss your options. Students should contact the SA Coordinator at least 6 months prior to their desired study abroad dates.
If you want to go on a faculty-led program:
- Look at the faculty-led website for a list of current programs.
- Which program interests you? Is it being offered this semester?
- Attend an interest meeting or speak to the faculty-lead about the program.
Fill out an application
- Find the correct application HERE.
- Be sure to pay attention to the deadlines.
- Pay the $50 application fee.
- Turn in all of the required documents.
Eligibility requirements for all students planning to study abroad:
- You must be in good academic standing. Your name will be submitted to the Director of Student Conduct & the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.
- A minimum (overall) GPA of 2.50 is required. This GPA must be maintained throughout the semester leading up to the program start date & the program itself.
- Students must complete at least 30 hours before being considered for semester/year-long study abroad, unless otherwise stated.
- Transfer students must also have completed 1 full semester of study at UNCP before applying.
- You must be enrolled at least part-time.
Additional requirements for semester or year-long study abroad programs:
- Student must meet with the SA Coordinator to have a degree audit evaluation completed to determine if course options are available based on student's academic program. Study abroad courses should be in a student's major in order to be applicable. Minors and concentration options will be considered as well. In order to qualify for Financial Aid, any/all credits must be needed for graduation at UNCP.
Acquire a U.S. Passport
- Acquire a U.S. passport
- Visit our passport information page for more information
Explore your financial options
- Arrange a meeting with the UNCP Office of Financial Aid
- Research applicable scholarships