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International Students

Some Carolina students leave and study abroad. Some do it the other way around.

Last year, about 500 of our undergraduate students came from more than 100 countries outside of the U.S. These students contribute an incredible diversity of perspective and ideas to our community. If you’re considering an undergraduate degree in the U.S., we encourage you to explore our programs, learn more about our student community and take a look at our international-specific fact sheet.

If you don’t hold U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Status, you’ll apply as an international student. There is no special application; you’ll choose either the regular first-year or transfer application. In addition, you may need to submit:

  • IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: TOEFL or IELTS. If English is not your first language, you must submit one of these scores to demonstrate your English proficiency. Competitive applicants typically score 100 or higher on the TOEFL or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Learn more about how we review test scores.
  • English translations of any documents not already printed in English
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