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UNCW Fact Sheet: Academic Year 2020-2021

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Step 1 - Nomination

To nominate students, 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)

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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.

Step 3 - Documents

Nominated students should submit the following supporting documents via their Terra Dotta Immmigration Application. Students from partner universities will complete a Transcript Request Form to receive 1 transcript sent directly to their home university. 
  1. Passport biographical page (valid up to 6 months after program)
  2. Transcript in English (include courses in progress)
  3. English proficiency test score (non-English speaking countries)
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 71 on the Internet-based exam. 197 cbt, or 525 pbt.
      • *Scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted. 
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.0 on the academic module. Scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted
    • Duolingo English Test  (DET) - minimum score of 95 
    • Pearson PTE - minimum score 54
    • DAAD Certificate - B2 minimum level
    • 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
    • Amounts
      • Exchange students, living expenses only - $6,628-$7,639.50 (range) for one semester
      • Study abroad students, living expenses and tuition - $17,251-$18,262.47 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-$4,090
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-$18,262.47 (range)

**Note: Exchange students will have the tuition waived and the cost range will be $7,639.50


Subjects

To find course information for the upcoming semester, go to

1. SeaNet (https:// seanet.uncw.edu/) 

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.

UNCW students register in late March/October and some courses fill quickly. You may have difficulty getting into classes if you wait until you arrive to register for courses.

UNCW Office of International Programs registers you for classes, but we cannot guarantee that you will be registered for your top choices. You must submit the UNCW International Exchange: Course Request List through the Terra Dotta Immigraton Portal. 

Dates

 

Application Deadlines

  • Academic Year 2020-2021
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
  • Academic Year 2021-2022
Semester
Time Period
Nomination Deadline
Application Deadline
Fall 2021 August 18-December 9, 2021
April 1st, 2020 May 1, 2020
Spring 2022 January 10-May 5, 2022 October 1, 2021 November 1, 2021

 

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/I-20) may enter the U.S.

August 15 - 12pm to 12am

Recommended arrival date, UNCW residence halls open in the afternoon (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM). UNCW Shuttle runs from ILM to UNCW from 12pm to 12am on August 15th.
August 17-18 International Student Orientation (click here) (Required) 
August 19 Classes Begin.
September 7 Labor Day. state holiday; no classes.
October 8-9 Fall Break - CANCELLED
October 16 Last day to receive "W" (withdrawal) from course.
November 24 Last Day of Classes
Nov. 30 - Dec 5 Final Exams
TBD Residence halls close. All single semester students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
January 4, 2021

Last day students with a December 5, 2020 program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.

(F-1 Students) February 4, 2021 

Last day students with a December 5, 2020 program end date (as listed on their I-20) 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 6 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 5 Last day students with a May 6th program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.
(F1 students) July 4 Last day students with a May 6th program end date (as listed on their I-20) may be in the U.S.

 

Academic Year 2021-2022: Semester Dates

 Fall 2021 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 - May 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 18 start date (as listed on their DS-2019/I-20) may enter the U.S.

August 14 - 12pm to 12am

Recommended arrival date, UNCW residence halls open in the afternoon (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM). UNCW Shuttle runs from ILM to UNCW from 12pm to 12am on August 14th.
August 16-17 International Student Orientation (click here) (Required) 
August 18 Classes Begin.
September 6 Labor Day. state holiday; no classes.
October 7-8 Fall Break, no classes. International student residence halls stay open during break. 
October 19 Last day to receive "W" (withdrawal) from course.
November 25-26 Thanksgiving break; no classes.
December 1 Last day of classes
December 3-9 Final Exams
December 12 Residence halls close. All single semester students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
January 11, 2022

Last day students with a December 12, 2021 program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.

(F-1 Students) February 10, 2022 

Last day students with a December 12, 2020 program end date (as listed on their I-20) may be in the U.S.

Spring 2022 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 11 First day students with an January 10 start date (as listed on their DS-2019) may enter the U.S.
January 5 UNCW residence halls open (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM). Recommended arrival date. UNCW Shuttle runs from ILM to UNCW from 9am to 9pm.
January 7 International Student Orientation (click here) (Required)
January 10 Classes Begin.
January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - state holiday; no classes. 
March 5-13 Spring break, no classes. Residence halls for visiting international students allow students to stay on campus.
March 16 Last day for students to receive a "W" (withdrawal) grade
April 14-15 Good Friday - state holiday; no classes. Residence hall stays open.
April 27 Last day of classes
April 29 - May 5 Final Exams
May 8 Residence halls close. All students must move out of on-campus housing by 10:00am on this day.
June 7 Last day students with a May 8th program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.
(F1 students) July 6 Last day students with a May 8th program end date (as listed on their I-20) may be in the U.S.