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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  eligibility requirements 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 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.

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Explore your financial options

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