uncw office of
international programs

We are located in:
118 Friday Annex

Our mailing address is:
Office of International Programs
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

You may also contact us by:
Phone: 910-962-3685
Fax: 910-962-4053
Email: studyabroad@uncw.edu

UNCW student standing by large road sign in Africa

Steps to Study Abroad

Getting Started

The first step is to attend a Study Abroad Information Session. These are offered twice weekly in the Office of International Programs (OIP) in Friday Annex, and are presented to all UNI 101 classes beginning in Fall 2013. We will provide all the information you need to get started finding the right program for you. Topics covered include program offerings, qualifications, features, benefits and the application process.

Study Abroad Information Session


Every Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Every Friday 11 a.m. - 12 noon


Office of International Programs

Friday Annex 118

You may schedule an individual informational appointment if you cannot attend during the times noted above by calling the office (910) 962-3685.

Define Your Goals and Select a Program

UNCW offers more than 500 education abroad programs. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right program for you. Considerations include: location, desired travel destinations, cost, academic offerings, foreign language proficiency, and preferred duration of program and eligibility. Eligibility varies by program but minimally one must:

  • Have at least sophomore academic standing at time of participation (first-year students may participate on select faculty-led programs)
  • Be a degree-seeking student at time of participation
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of application
  • Be in good judicial standing

You may browse programs here. Once you have attended a Study Abroad Information Session you may also make an individual advising appointment with the Assistant Director or the Director for Education Abroad, by stopping by the office or by calling (910) 962-3685. We can help you consider program options, discuss concerns and help make study abroad a reality for you!

Contact Study Abroad Ambassadors for the student perspective from these volunteer study abroad returnees. They are available to help with choosing a program and preparing for your time abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions


Once you have selected a program you are ready to apply.


Once we have endorsed your education abroad application, you will attend a pre-departure orientation to prepare you to have a smooth and successful experience abroad. If you do not already have a passport, apply for one as soon as possible through Passport Services in Fisher University Union. Make sure you determine if a visa is required and follow any guidelines provided by OIP or your program provider. Prior to departure, complete a Transient Study Form (PDF) (if applicable) and refer to the International-UNCW Credit Conversion Guide. (PDF)

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