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Definition of an International Applicant

The Office of Admissions at UNCW defines an international applicant as an individual who is not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder). If you are an international student with dual U.S. citizenship, you may apply as a U.S. citizen by providing a copy of your passport.

We invite you to explore the admission process in-depth using the links below before making your application to UNCW. Thank you for your interest and best of luck to you in the admissions process.

Need guidance from a representative in your own country on applying to UNCW? EducationUSA can help! EducationUSA has more than 400 advising centers around the world that are supported by the U.S. Department of State. Contact an advisor today!

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When reviewing an international application for admission, the admissions committee seeks to build a global community of students to further enrich the diversity of the student population. UNCW looks for students who are academically curious, excited to be in the classroom and willing to fully immerse themselves in our community of scholars. While our academic reputation continues to rise year after year, we seek well-rounded students who will bring their talents and interests to our campus. Seahawks are the leaders of tomorrow, shaping their futures on our campus today as they prepare for a lifetime of Daring to Soar.



UNCW is located in Wilmington, North Carolina, near the Atlantic Ocean. The area is home to more than 275,000 people, and enjoys a humid-subtropical climate, with average temperatures of 23°C (H) and 12°C (L).