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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,┬álearn more about our student community our student community, and to take a look at our international-specific fact sheet.

Any student who does not hold U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status is an international student. All international students apply using the same application as domestic applicants, using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. There is no separate or different application for international students. However, there is an additional requirement as well as a few things to keep in mind. Please use the links on the left of this page to read more about each of these requirements and how we evaluate them. Your requirements will vary depending on your country of origin and educational history.

Important note: The University of North Carolina does not partner with agents, nor do we support the use of agents in the admissions process. Any agent claiming to have a connection with us is falsifying this information. Applicants sign the Honor Code when they apply to UNC and the application must be completed directly by the applicant without the help of an agent. A student who submits fraudulent documents or falsified information has violated our Honor Code and may be denied admission, have an offer of admission rescinded, and/or be withdrawn from the University.

Financial Documentation:
Information about financial documentation needed to obtain a visa to come to UNC as well as the visa process will be made available to admitted international students and can also be answered by International Student and Scholar Services. Students are asked not to submit this information during the regular application process for admission.

Two students study in dorm common area in UNC residence hall
Tennis courts on campus on a summer day