Surfing at the beach

Welcome to the International Exchange Program at UNCW!

Program Information  |  Student Life  |  Before You Arrive


UNCW Fact Sheet: Academic Year 2020-2021

news

Nomination

laptop

Application

checklist

Documents

calendar

Dates

costs

Costs

bookstore

Subjects

Step 1 - Nomination

To nominate student, the UNCW partner university study abroad advisor completes UNCW Nomination Form and provides the following information:

  1. Student name
  2. E-mail address
  3. Field of study (please be specific e.g. "Broadcast Journalism" rather than "Arts and Sciences")
  4. Number of semesters at UNCW (1 or 2)

Nomination Button

Once student is nominated, the student will receive an e-mail with the UNCW application instructions. Please email Amy Lekeu for any questions. 

*If you are an international student from a NON-exchange partner university, please complete the International Student Interest Form (click here)


Step 2 - Application

  1. UNCW Application 
    • Students will be sent a link and password for the UNCW Online application.
  2. Terra Dotta Immmigration Application
    • Once students are admitted to UNCW, they will receive an immigration application link to upload their documents and request course registration.

      Looking up UNCW courses To find course information for the upcoming semester (Fall 2019, Spring 2020), go to SeaNet, select "Detailed Class Schedule", then choose the upcoming term. Choose the subject you are searching for in the "Subject:" box. Then scroll to the bottom of the screen and click 'Class Search.' To complete the Pre-Registration form, you will be required to use your unique login and password sent to you by email. You will be able login and update your pre-registration requests until April 1st.


Step 3 - Documents

Nominated students should submit the following supporting documents via their Terra Dotta Immmigration Application:

  1. Passport biographical page
  2. Transcript in English (include courses in progress)
  3. English proficiency test score (non-English speaking countries)
    • TOEFL score: minimum score of 71 ibt, 197 cbt, or 525 pbt.
    • IELTS score: 6.0 on the academic module
      Alternatives accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Amy Lekeu if you have questions about acceptable alternatives for your university.
  4. Proof of Financial Support
    • Amounts
      • Exchange students, living expenses only - $6,628-$7,501 (range) for one semester
      • Study abroad students, living expenses and tuition - $17,251-$18,124 for one semester
    • Document Requirements
      • Bank account statement, bank letter, or government student aid in English, no older than 6 months
      • If the funds are not in the student's name, the financial sponsor must also provide a letter that indicates he/she will sponsor the student (click here for sample letter)

Costs

Estimated Budget Per Semester

Item
Study Abroad Costs
Tuition & Fees** $10,622.97 (12+ credits) **2019-20 rates
Housing Application Fee $105
On-Campus Housing $3,244-$3,952
Food (either on-campus dining or preparing your own) $1,935-$2,100
Student ID $20
Mailbox $11
Health Insurance (either UNCW insurance or option to waive) $1,313.50
TOTAL $17,251-$18,124 (range)

**Note: Exchange students will have the tuition waived and the cost range will be $6,628-$7,501


Dates

Application Deadlines

Semester
Time Period
Nomination Deadline
Application Deadline
Fall 2019 August 21-December 12, 2019
April 1st, 2019 May 1, 2019
Spring 2020 January 13-May 7, 2020 October 1, 2019 November 1, 2019

 

Semester
Time Period
Nomination Deadline
Application Deadline
Fall 2020 August 19-December 10, 2020
April 1st, 2020 May 1, 2020
Spring 2021 January 11-May 6, 2020 October 1, 2020 November 1, 2020

Fall 2019 Important Semester Dates

Date Activity
April 1 Last day for nominations
March - May UNCW acceptance packets mailed
March - May SEVIS number (immigration number) sent to students via email. Students may use the number to start their visa application while waiting for the paper immigration document to arrive at their university.
March - April Last day to modify your course requests using the Course Request List (Terra Dotta).
March 16 - April 31 Your UNCW exchange advisor contacts UNCW professors to request permission for you to enroll in your requested courses.
April 1 - May 1 Your UNCW exchange advisor registers 70+ incoming exchange students for courses.
May 1 - May 31 Students notified of their UNCW courses.
July 22 First day students with an August 21 start date (as listed on their DS-2019) may enter the U.S.
August 17 Afternoon Recommended arrival date, UNCW residence halls open (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM).
August 19 International Student Orientation
August 21 Classes Begin.
September 2 Labor Day. state holiday; no classes.
October 9 Last day to receive "W" (withdrawal) from course.
October 10 - 11 Fall break, no classes. International student residence halls stay open during break.
November 28 - 29 Thanksgiving break; no classes.
December 4 Last day of classes
December 6 - 12 Final Exams
December 15 Residence halls close. All single semester students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
January 11, 2020

Last day students with a December 12, 2019 program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.

Spring 2020 Important Semester Dates

Date Activity
October 1 Last day for nominations
August -November UNCW acceptance packets mailed
August - November SEVIS number (immigration number) sent to students via email. Students may use the number to start their visa application while waiting for the paper immigration document to arrive at their university.
September - November Last day to modify your course requests using the Course Request List (Terra Dotta).
October 16 - 31 Your UNCW exchange advisor contacts UNCW professors to request permission for you to enroll in your requested courses.
November 5 Your UNCW exchange advisor registers 70+ incoming exchange students for courses.
November 15 - December 15 Students notified of their UNCW courses.
December 14 First day students with an January 13 start date (as listed on their DS-2019) may enter the U.S.
January 7 UNCW residence halls open (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM).
January 9 Recommended arrival date. UNCW Shuttle runs from ILM to UNCW from 9am to 9pm.
January 10 International Student Orientation (Required)
January 13 Classes Begin.
January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - state holiday; no classes. 
March 7 - 15 Spring break, no classes. Residence hall closes on March 7th at 10am and reopens on March 15th at 10am
March 17 Last day for students to receive a "W" (withdrawal) grade
April 9 - 10 Good Friday - state holiday; no classes. Residence hall stays open.
April 29 Last day of classes
May 1 - 7 Final Exams
May 10 Residence halls close. All students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
June 6 Last day students with a May 9th program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.

 

Fall 2020 Important Semester Dates

Date Activity
April 1 Last day for nominations
March - May UNCW acceptance packets mailed
March - May SEVIS number (immigration number) sent to students via Terra Dotta immigration portal. Students may use the number to start their visa application while waiting for the paper immigration document to arrive at their university.
March - May Last day to modify your course requests using the Course Request List (Terra Dotta).
March - April  Your UNCW exchange advisor contacts UNCW professors to request permission for you to enroll in your requested courses.
April - May  Your UNCW exchange advisor registers 70+ incoming exchange students for courses.
May - June Students notified of their UNCW courses.
July 20 First day students with an August 19 start date (as listed on their DS-2019) may enter the U.S.
August 15 Afternoon - August 16 (All Day) Recommended arrival date, UNCW residence halls open in the afternoon (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM). UNCW Shuttle runs from ILM to UNCW from 1pm to 9am on August 15th and 9am - 9pm on August 16th.
August 17-18 International Student Orientation (click here) (Required) 
August 19 Classes Begin.
September 7 Labor Day. state holiday; no classes.
October 8-9 Last day to receive "W" (withdrawal) from course. Fall Break, no classes. International student residence halls stay open during break. 
October 16 Last day to receive "W" (withdrawal) from course.
November 26-27 Thanksgiving break; no classes.
December 2 Last day of classes
December 7-10 Final Exams
December 13 Residence halls close. All single semester students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
January 12, 2021

Last day students with a December 13, 2019 program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.

Spring 2021 Important Semester Dates

Date Activity
October 1 Last day for nominations
August -November UNCW acceptance packets mailed
August - November SEVIS number (immigration number) sent to students via email. Students may use the number to start their visa application while waiting for the paper immigration document to arrive at their university.
September - November Last day to modify your course requests using the Course Request List (Terra Dotta).
October 16 - 31 Your UNCW exchange advisor contacts UNCW professors to request permission for you to enroll in your requested courses.
November 5 Your UNCW exchange advisor registers 70+ incoming exchange students for courses.
November 15 - December 15 Students notified of their UNCW courses.
December 12 First day students with an January 11 start date (as listed on their DS-2019) may enter the U.S.
January 5 UNCW residence halls open (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM).
January 7 Recommended arrival date. UNCW Shuttle runs from ILM to UNCW from 9am to 9pm.
January 8 International Student Orientation (click here) (Required)
January 11 Classes Begin.
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - state holiday; no classes. 
March 6-14 Spring break, no classes. Residence hall closes on March 7th at 10am and reopens on March 15th at 10am
March 19 Last day for students to receive a "W" (withdrawal) grade
April 1-2 Good Friday - state holiday; no classes. Residence hall stays open.
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 9 Residence halls close. All students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
June 8 Last day students with a May 9th program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.