Carolina Global Launch

Carolina Global Launch is an exciting path to UNC-Chapel Hill that begins with a semester abroad in Ireland, Scotland, or Spain.

Stirling Castle in Stirling, Scotland.

This opportunity enables you to study abroad during the fall semester, and then enroll at Carolina in the spring semester. Carolina Global Launch is open to first-year applicants who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

By participating in Carolina Global Launch, you’ll immerse yourself in a new culture at an international university, selected by Carolina for its academic strength and breadth of opportunities. You’ll also earn credit toward your Carolina degree, take part in exciting excursions, and get to know other new Tar Heels!

Where can I study?

You’ll be able to indicate interest in one of three program locations.

University of Stirling

Stirling, Scotland

The University of Stirling is ranked first in the UK and fifth in the world for its campus environment, and offers internationally recognized programs in philosophy, education, and psychology. The 310-acre campus features its own loch and castle, and the city itself buzzes with a lively, student-friendly energy.

Maynooth University

Maynooth, Ireland

Modern and dynamic, Maynooth is Ireland’s fastest-growing university. It is also grounded in academic strengths that date back to the founding of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795. Maynooth offers students a vibrant campus with a charming small-town feel only 20 miles from Dublin’s city center.

University of Granada

Granada, Spain

Discover Spain’s rich heritage and practice your Spanish language skills in the heart of Andalucía. During its almost 500 years of existence, Universidad de Granada has become a major intellectual center in southern Spain. Granada is known for its tapas, access to nature, and arts and music festivals.

St. Joseph's square in Maynooth, Ireland.

How can I be considered?

On your application for admission to Carolina:

  • Indicate which site(s) would be of most interest to you
  • Submit two additional short answer responses that share your interest in global experiences

Expressing interest in Carolina Global Launch will not impact your consideration for fall admission to Carolina. We will be announcing the program sites for the upcoming year soon. Check back for updates!

As you decide whether Carolina Global Launch is an opportunity that’s right for you, explore our Frequently Asked Questions for the latest updates.

2021 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill