Applying to Study Abroad

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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 the eligibility requirements, listed below, for study abroad.
Gather information

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.
Apply now

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 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 for long-term study abroad. This GPA must be maintained throughout the semester leading up to the program start date & the program itself.
  • Short-term study abroad allows for anyone who has a 2.0 GPA or higher. Freshman are also eligible for short-term study abroad.
  • Students must complete at least 30 hours before being considered for semester/year-long study abroad, unless otherwise stated.
  • Freshman and Transfer students must have completed 1 full semester of study at UNCP before participating in study abroad.
  • 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 an evaluation completed to determine if course options are available based on student's academic program. 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.

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Explore your financial options

  • Arrange a meeting with the UNCP Office of Financial Aid
  • Research applicable scholarships