Types of Programs

Semester/Year-Long Programs

  • Exchange Programs
    A student from NC State and a student at a partner university trade places. NC State students pay NC State tuition and fees and become a visiting student at the international university.  Benefits include low cost (especially for in-state students); an independent, immersion experience into the host university; and a wide range of course options.
    In addition to the programs marked as NC State exchanges, these include ISEP (International Student Exchange Program), UNCEP (UNC System Exchanges), and TASSEP due to NC State consortium memberships.
  • Direct Enroll
    Students study as a visiting student at an international university with access to a wide array of courses, similar to an exchange student. Direct Enroll students pay tuition to the host university directly and do not pay tuition to NC State while abroad.
  • Group
    Students study and participate in activities with other American study abroad students. The program cost is fixed and typically includes tuition, housing, insurance. Benefits include programs tailored for American students abroad with increased student support services.

Summer, Spring-Break and Short-Term Programs

  • Group Programs
    Most short-term programs are led by an NC State faculty member and a group of NC State students.  Programs typically are 3-6 weeks long.  Group program benefits include unique programs tailored to the location and discipline of the faculty member. Programs may include various site-visits, research projects, and/or field work.

Non-NC State Programs

  • If students can’t find an NC State program that fits their needs, students may study abroad through any program sponsored by a U.S. accredited institution, accredited third-party provider, or direct enrollment at an accredited institution overseas.

Intern/Volunteer/Work Abroad

  • A work or volunteer experience in another country can be a wonderful way to improve practical skills, enhance one’s resume, learn about another culture, meet people from many countries and backgrounds, and see another part of the world.