Applying as an International Transfer Student

International students bring unique and essential perspectives to Carolina, and our campus wouldn’t be the same without you.

If you’re a student without U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status, you’ll be applying to Carolina as an international student. When you apply, we’ll consider everything we learn about you from reading your application. You’re a unique individual, and we want to treat you as you deserve to be treated — with care, appreciation, and respect.

If you’re a Ukrainian citizen living in North Carolina, we’d like to offer you additional support as you’re applying. Please email us at with the subject line ‘Ukraine’ so that we can connect.

Complete Your Application

Apply online through the Common Application. Your application and application fee or fee waiver are due by February 15. Then, be sure to have your supporting materials sent to us, which will help us gain a fuller understanding of you as a student and the contributions that you make in the classroom.

Some majors and professional school programs at Carolina have additional application requirements.

What’s on the Common Application?

  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Essay and Two Short Answers
  • Application Fee or Fee Waiver


What supporting materials are required?

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript
  • SAT or ACT Scores (optional for 2024 admission)
      • Extracurricular Activities
        On your application, you’ll tell us about how you spend your time outside the classroom and why it’s important to you.

      • Essay and Two Short Answers
        Your personal essay and short answers give us the chance to hear your voice and see you as a whole person, not just a student. When you respond, we hope you’ll be yourself and sound like yourself.

      • Application Fee
        The non-refundable application fee is $85.
      • Letter of Recommendation
        This letter should come from a teacher who taught you in a core academic area, like English, math, science, social science, or world language.

      • Official Transcripts
        We’ll ask you to submit both your secondary or high school transcripts and all university transcripts.

        • University Transcripts
          Submit transcripts by secure electronic delivery from all colleges and universities attended, regardless of whether you received credit. This can include but is not limited to: online coursework, non-degree coursework, coursework you enrolled in but later withdrew from, coursework you enrolled in for personal enrichment, and coursework you do not believe will transfer and/or you do not intend to transfer as academic credit to UNC-Chapel Hill.

        • Secondary or High School Transcripts
          Please ask your school to send us your official transcript, including an official English translation, by secure electronic delivery. To be considered for admission, we need the official transcript for your secondary (and, if applicable, higher secondary) schoolwork. Middle school transcripts are not required for admission.

      • SAT or ACT Scores
        Testing is optional for fall 2024 admission. The UNC System will determine at a future date whether testing is required for future years. This waiver means that you may apply whether or not you’ve taken either test, and if you do take a test, you can choose whether or not to share your scores and have us consider them. Whether or not you ultimately share test scores, we will consider you carefully and comprehensively for admissions, scholarships, and other opportunities. For us, testing is always one factor among many — always viewed alongside those many other factors, and never the sole or dominant reason we make our decisions. If you share your test scores, are admitted, and choose to enroll, we will require that your official scores be sent directly from the testing service.

      • English Proficiency Exams
        If you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status, 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. Strong applicants typically score the following, though please note that these are not minimums and testing is always one factor among many, and never the sole or dominant reason we make our decisions:

        • TOEFL or TOEFL iBT Home Edition –  100 or higher.
        • IELTS Academic – 7.5 or higher.
        • Duolingo – 130 or higher.
        • Cambridge English C1 Advanced – 185 or higher.
        • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency.


Keep in Mind

  • International students aren’t eligible to receive need-based financial aid, so you’ll want to be prepared to pay the full cost of attendance for non-resident students.
  • Check your email regularly. If we need materials or more information as we’re reviewing your application, your email is where you’ll hear from us.
  • If you need to add information to your application after you’ve submitted it, you’ll be able to send it to us using MyCarolina. If a school official or recommender has additional information, please ask them to email us at and include your full name and date of birth.
  • If you believe your academic progress has been affected by disability-related issues, we encourage you to share this information with us. Learn more about submitting disability-related documentation.
  • We require all applicants (including students offered admission) to disclose any new school-based disciplinary incidents or criminal charges that occur after the application was submitted within ten days of the occurrence. The student’s written explanation as well as any required corroborating documentation (from a school official or legal representative) can be shared through MyCarolina.

Helpful Deadlines

Application and FeeFebruary 15
ResidencyFebruary 15
Supporting Materials and Test ScoresMarch 15
Admissions Decisions ReleasedApril 15
Enrollment Confirmation if AdmittedMay 15