What is an exchange through UNCEP? In most exchange cases, you are directly enrolled in an overseas university, taking courses and sitting for exams with regularly enrolled students. Generally, tuition and fees are paid to you home institution while room and board are paid to your host institution. In return, an international student takes your place at a UNC institution. Who is eligible? Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing (at least a 2.75 GPA) at any UNC system public campus may apply. Exchanges can take place at any level, from sophomore to graduate. How long is an exchange through UNCEP? An exchange can last for a full academic year, full calendar year, or one semester. Will I receive credit? Yes! With prior planning, credit earned abroad will be applied toward your degree. Also, most academic departments will grant credit for study abroad. Early approval from your advisor regarding credit transfer will reduce later worries. How much does it cost? You can participate for about the same cost as a semester or year at your UNC System campus. For UNCEP programs your tuition/fees will be the same as you pay at home. The estimated costs for room, meals, and other expenses can be found on the website of the host institution. ISEP exchange programs also exchange room and meals, i.e., you also pay for these costs at your home institution. Most Federal/State financial aid will apply. Do I have to speak a foreign language? Many opportunities are available in English-speaking countries. There are also many programs in non-English speaking countries that offer instruction in English including Mexico, Germany (Mannheim campus) Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. How can you apply? You can find out more about UNCEP by contacting your on-campus coordinator as well as by visiting us online here at this very website! Application and instructions are available online too. Why are students encouraged to choose three to five rank-ordered study site destinations? Some destinations and some campuses are more competitive than others (especially Australia, and the United Kingdom-ISEP). This helps the host country or program to place you based on your preferences and theirs.
Information provided by www.uncep.org subject to change at any time.