Adjusting to the U.S. Academic System
International students are often surprised by the amount of homework and exams throughout the semester. Many of them are accustomed to having a reading list and a final exam, with no monitoring of progress through the term. During the advising appointment, we encourage advisors to discuss general expectations, as well as anything specific to the department.
Registration Process for Exchange Students
Course registration for international exchange students is different and the Study Abroad Office works closely with academic departments to get students enrolled in appropriate courses.
See the Student Instructions for Course Registration
- Exchange students are coded in the system as non-degree seeking students, rather than a class (such as junior).
- Students select NC State courses in consultation with their home university to ensure that credits will transfer back to their degree.
- Though the Study Abroad Office completed the initial class registration, students will receive instructions to use MyPack Portal. Students will have access to this prior to arrival.
Special Course Requirements Based on Immigration Regulations
Undergraduate exchange students must be registered for 12 credit hours, and graduate students must be registered for at least 9 credit hours. For ALL STUDENTS, at least 50% of their classes and credit hours must be in the curriculum of study listed on their visa paperwork. Finally, the students must be making satisfactory academic progress throughout the semester.
Advisors who notice that an international exchange student is struggling, academically or otherwise, should inform the Study Abroad Office. We often hear that a student is struggling towards the end of the semester when it may be too late for us to assist them.