Study in North Carolina

Reasons why you should plan to study in North Carolina

North Carolina has one of the nation’s most renowned educational systems, with public community colleges and university campuses and outstanding private institutions providing rich opportunities for students to learn and grow.

Chartered in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university in the United States to hold classes when it welcomed students in 1795.

Now, all the public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate and higher degrees in North Carolina are part of the University of North Carolina. The multi-campus state university encompasses 16 such institutions, which offer a full range of degree and certificate programs.

Top ten reasons to study at a University of North Carolina institution

  1. They are all recognized to be among the most affordable public schools in the U.S.
  2. All provide “safe” havens for students and faculty.
  3. Each is recognized for something special (see the specific school pages under “Recognitions” to find out what).
  4. At least one has a program of study that will meet your academic goals.
  5. One of them is just right for you, whether you are seeking a small campus nestled in the mountains or on the coast, or a larger, bustling campus, convenient to big city amenities.
  6. Opportunities abound to engage in ground-breaking research in your field of interest.
  7. International and Admissions offices will help you through the application and enrollment process at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  8. Expert, dedicated faculty from around the globe will be available to you.
  9. You will be studying in a state with a mild climate and a wide variety of recreational opportunities, from snow-skiing in the mountains, to hiking in the piedmont, to surfing in the Atlantic ocean on the coast.
  10. You will have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of men’s and women’s varsity athletic sports, such as baseball, basketball, field hockey, track & field, and soccer.
Planning Your Arrival

Visa Information: Once you are accepted to one of our campuses, you will need to obtain a visa. The admissions and international student offices of the North Carolina university where you have been accepted will guide you through the visa process, but they cannot apply for you. Specifically, you will need to make an appointment for a visa interview with your local consulate as early as possible after you have your letter of acceptance. There will likely be a waiting period before your visa interview can be scheduled. When you go you will need to present the signed Form I-20, the SEVIS receipt, proof of ability to pay for your education, and a valid passport, which will be provided by your campus signed by both you and a campus official. Be prepared, but know that the U.S. Government is looking forward to welcoming you to this country. The best source of information to start planning is available at the U.S. State Department website. (Click for more information.)

Money and financial information:   All students need to plan to have access to money for living and related expenses while in North Carolina.  Traveler’s checks offer a safe way to carry money everywhere, and you should plan to have enough in U.S. dollars to make early money transactions easier.  Many merchants and suppliers, as well as banks, will accept travelers checks for payment if you have proper identification.  Your bank at home can issue a debit card or check card for you to use, if you have a checking or savings account at home.  Cash or ATM machines in the U.S. will allow you to withdraw funds for a fee from your home bank if the card carries Interlink, Plus, Star or Cirrus symbols.  Be sure to check with your bank ahead of time to know what the fee is.  If you have a credit card at home (American Express, Discover, Master Card or Visa) you should be able to use it in North Carolina; check with the issuing agency to be sure that is the case.

Packing your bags: Keep in mind that North Carolina is considered to have a “mild” climate, but the weather varies depending on where you are. The mountain areas are generally cooler during all seasons, but the seasons do change. The Piedmont and the coastal plains can be very hot during the summer and occasionally very cold during the months of November through February when it can also snow. Plan to pack lightly so you are not struggling through airports, but have enough variety to accommodate the seasonal climate changes. For more information click here.