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Welcome to the Visiting International Student Program at UNCW

Nomination    //    Application    //    Costs    //   Classes   //    Dates

Step 1. Nomination & Interest Form

Please view the UNCW 2021-2022 Fact Sheet for the Visiting International Program (UNCW 2020-21 Fact Sheet here).

To nominate students, the UNCW partner university study abroad advisor completes UNCW Nomination Form. If approved, the student will receive a link to the application. 

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*The International Student Interest Form (click here) is for students from non-partner universities.

Step 2. Visiting International Application

Students will follow the application link and upload the required documents. Once admitted, students will receive Pre-Arrival Steps and their acceptance packets will be mailed to the partner university. 

Application Required Documents
  1. Passport
  2. Transcript in English (include courses in progress)
  3. English proficiency test - *Scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted. 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) -  71 ibt, 197 cbt, or 525 pbt.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0 score
    • Duolingo English Test  (DET) - minimum score of 95 
    • Pearson PTE - minimum score 54
    • DAAD Certificate - B2 minimum level
    • iTEP - 3.7
    • Letter from university if over 60% of program is taught in English
      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  
    • Bank account statement, bank letter, or government student aid in English, no older than 6 months with required amounts (see below)
    • 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 for Visiting Internationals

Estimated Budget Per Semester

Study Abroad Costs
Tuition & Fees** $10,652 (12+ credits) **2021-22 rates
Housing Application Fee $105
On-Campus Housing $3,341-$4,213
Food (either on-campus dining or preparing your own) $2,000-$2,300
Student ID $20
Mailbox $11
Health Insurance (either UNCW insurance or option to waive) $1,308
TOTAL $17,437-$18,609 (range)

**Note: Exchange students will have the tuition waived and the amount is $7,957.

Classes for Visiting Internationals

To find course information for your visiting semester, go to

1. SeaNet (https:// You will search for classes during a specific semester. You can choose either the "Detailed Class Schedule" or "Search for Courses", then you will select the semester (fall or spring).

2. UNCW Course Catalog You can search generally for classes using the key words for courses you might need. These courses are not guaranteed to be offered in the semester you attend UNCW.

3. Course Equivalency Tool Some classes from international universities have been evaluated to find the UNCW equivalence. You can use this tool to find UNCW course options that match your home university.

The UNCW Office of International Programs registers you for classes, but we cannot guarantee that students will be registered for their top choices. Registration begins in late March/October and courses fill quickly.

UNCW Important Dates

You can view important semester dates here

Application Deadlines

Academic Year 2021-2022

Time Period
Nomination Deadline
Application Deadline
Fall 2021 August 18-December 9, 2021
April 1st, 2020 May 1, 2020
Spring 2022 January 12-May 10, 2022 October 1, 2021 November 1, 2021