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Applying to UNCW as an Exchange / Study Abroad Student

Thank you for your interest in wanting to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington as an exchange or study abroad student!

To attend UNCW as an exchange student, you must attend one of our partner institutions or come through the NC / Western Japan Consortium, UNCEP or ISEP (External Links). If you plan to come through UNCEP or ISEP, please follow their application instructions.

Exchange Application General Information

Subject Availability:

Before you apply, read UNCW subject availability to determine if UNCW is an appropriate location for you to attend on exchange.

Application Deadlines

Time Period
Application Deadline
Spring 2017 January 4 - May 5, 2017* October 3rd, 2016
Fall 2017 August 8 - December 8, 2017* March 1st, 2017

*Calendar dates have not yet been finalized.

Estimated Costs Per Semester

Estimated Amount
Tuition & Fees (study abroad direct enrollment only) $10,460
Housing Application Fee $105
On-Campus Housing


On-Campus Meal Plan $1820
Student ID $20


Health Insurance $1111 (can be cheaper if you provide your own insurance)
Books & Supplies $330 (varies by person)
Miscellaneous $1900 (varies by person)
Total $18860 (study abroad students)
Total $8400 (exchange students)

UNCW Exchange Program Fact Sheet

UNCW Fact Sheet (PDF)

UNCW Photo Info Sheet (PDF)

Important Semester Dates - Spring 2017

Date Activity
~October 17 UNCW acceptance packets mailed
~October 17 SEVIS number (immigration number) sent to students via email. Students may use the number to start their visa application while waiting for the paper immigration document to arrive at their university.
October 17 Last day to modify your course requests using the Registration Assistance Form.
November 1 - 15 Your UNCW exchange advisor contacts UNCW professors to request permission for you to enroll in your requested courses.
~November 15 - December 5 Your UNCW exchange advisor registers 40+ incoming exchange students for courses.
~December 5 Students notified of their UNCW courses.
December 10 First day students with an January 9 start date (as listed on their DS-2019) may enter the U.S.
January 4 Recommended arrival date, UNCW residence halls open (Wilmington, NC airport - ILM).
January 5-6 International Student Orientation
January 9 Classes Begin.
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday; no classes.
March 4 - 12 Spring break, no classes. International student residence halls stay open during break.
April 13-14 no classes
April 26 Last day of classes
April 28 - May 4 Final Exams
May 5 Residence halls close. All students must move out of on-campus housing by this day.
June 3, 2017 Last day students with a May 4, 2016 program end date (as listed on their DS-2019) may be in the U.S.

Application Procedures

To Nominate Students:

To nominate student, the home university study abroad adviser e-mails UNCW Coordinator of International Student Services, Amy Mabery, the following information:

  1. Student name
  2. E-mail address
  3. *Field of study
  4. Number of semesters at UNCW (1 or 2):
    (*Please be specific - "Broadcast Journalism" rather than "Arts and Sciences", or "Health Education" rather than "Education." This helps UNCW identify if our university is an appropriate exchange location for your student's needs.)

Once student is nominated, the student will receive an e-mail requesting the 4 supporting documents.

Once supporting documents are received, the student will receive the access code needed for the UNCW exchange student online application.

Part 1: Supporting Documents

Nominated students (or their study abroad advisers) should submit the following supporting documents via e-mail to to Amy Mabery, UNCW Coordinator of International Student Services. If necessary, documents can be sent via regular mail.

  1. Digital photo showing student's head & shoulders - The photo should be cropped to only include the head and shoulders of the applicant. The photo does not need to be professional (can be a cropped Facebook photo, etc) and will be used for interdepartmental identification purposes.
  2. Transcript (in English) and a list courses you are currently taking - A copy of your transcript will be given to UNCW professors to show that you have met the prerequisites of the courses you request.
  3. English proficiency test score (if from a non-English speaking country):
    • TOEFL score: minimum score of 71 on the Internet-based exam, 197 on the computer-based exam, or 525 on the paper-based exam or institutional TOEFL.
    • IELTS score: 6.0 on the academic module
    • Alternatives accepted if English is the primary language of instruction: We can accept alternatives to the TOEFL or IELTS test scores for students whose primary language of instruction is English at the university level (all classes except language classes must be taught in English). Please contact Amy Mabery if you have any questions about acceptable alternatives for your university.
  4. Proof of Financial Support - Federal regulations require that students demonstrate proof of financial support to cover living expenses. Exchange students must show that they can cover the estimated living expenses of $8400 per semester. Study Abroad students (paying tuition) must show they can afford an estimated tuition and living expenses of $18,860 per semester. Consult the fee schedule (PDF) for more information.
  • Proof of financial support can be any of the following:

  • A copy of your bank account summary showing access to the required funds
  • A letter of support from a sponsor and a copy of the sponsor's bank account summary showing access to the required funds
  • A letter from your bank (or your sponsor's bank) stating that the required funds are available
  • A letter of funding support from your home university or your government
  • All financial documents items must be dated and less than 6 months old. Copies/Scans/Faxes are acceptable, but original documents must be brought with you to your visa interview.

Part 2: Online forms

  1. SeaLevel Application
    Once students have submitted all required supporting documents, students will be sent a link and password for the UNCW Exchange Student Online application.
  2. UNCW Exchange Student Pre-Registration Assistance (Electronic Form) -

    UNCW Students begin registering for courses in late March/October and some courses fill up quickly. You may have difficulty getting into full classes if you wait until you arrive to register for courses. We try to minimize that problem by pre-registering you for courses that you request.

    Looking up UNCW courses

    To find course information for the upcoming semester (Spring 2017), go to SeaNet, select "Detailed Class Schedule", then choose the upcoming term (Spring 2017). Choose the subject you are searching for in the "Subject:" box. Then scroll to the bottom of the screen and click 'Class Search.' To complete the Pre-Registration form, you will be required to use your unique login and password that will be sent to you by Amy Mabery. You will be able login and update your pre-registration requests until October 17th.

Acceptance packets for Spring 2017 will be mailed starting October 17th.

Once you have been officially admitted to the university, we will send you a letter of admission, immigration document (form DS-2019) and further instructions on registering for housing, meal plans, etc. We look forward to assisting you; if you have questions, please e-mail Amy Mabery.

UNCW Exchange Student Pre-Arrival Dates & Activities

Please consult the UNCW Exchange Student Pre-Arrival Procedures for dates & activities you should complete before you arrive at UNCW.