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Apply for an Education Abroad Program

Getting Started

Come to a Study Abroad Information Session. We will provide all the information you need to get started finding the right program for you. Topics covered include study abroad and exchange program offerings, qualifications, features, benefits and the application process.

Study Abroad Information Session


Every Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Every Friday 11-12

August 23, 2011 thru May 11, 2012


Office of International Programs

Friday Annex 118

You may schedule an individual informational appointment if you cannot attend during the times noted above by calling the office (910) 962-3685.

Define your Goals and Select a Program

UNCW offers more than 500 education abroad programs. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right program for you. Things to be thinking about include: location, desired travel destinations, foreign language proficiency, exchange vs. study abroad programs, academic offerings, cost and preferred duration of program. You may browse programs here. Once you have attended a Study Abroad Information Session you may also make an individual advising appointment with the Assistant Director or the Director for Education Abroad, by stopping by the office or by calling (910) 962-3685. We can help you consider program options, discuss concerns and help make study abroad a reality for you!

Contact Study Abroad Ambassadors for the student perspective from these volunteer study abroad returnees. They are available to help with choosing a program and preparing for your time abroad.


Once you have selected a program you are ready to apply.


Make sure you have all your paperwork complete. Once we have endorsed your education abroad application, you will attend a pre-departure orientation that will address a variety of issues to prepare you to have a smooth and successful experience abroad. Pre-departure preparations include obtaining a passport and often a student visa. If you don't already have a passport you can apply for one at the passport office within UNCW Auxiliary Services. Make sure you determine if a visa is required and follow any guidelines provided. Prior to departure complete a Transient Study Form (PDF) (if applicable) and refer to the International-UNCW Credit Conversion Guide (PDF).