Inter­national Students

International students are an amazing part of Carolina, and we appreciate the perspectives, experiences, and ideas they contribute to campus.

If you are a student who does not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status, you’ll be applying to Carolina as an international student. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about living and studying at Carolina.

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Important Application Details

As an international student, here are some key things you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re applying:

English Translations

All transcripts must be translated to English. If your school does not issue English transcripts, students must have an official English translation made and submit this in addition to the official copy from the school.

English Proficiency

We’ll ask you to share your English proficiency exam scores when you apply. We accept TOEFL (our code is C182), IELTS, Duolingo, Cambridge English C1 Advanced and Cambridge C2 Proficiency. These exams show us that you’ll be ready to jump into coursework taught in English. We’re able to waive this requirement if you have lived in an English-speaking country for four years or if you have attended an English-speaking school for at least four years. Request a waiver.

Financing University

While we’ll automatically consider you for scholarships when you apply as a first-year student, and as an international student, you won’t be eligible to receive need-based financial aid and so you’ll want to be prepared to pay the full cost of attendance for non-resident students.

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.