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Course Registration

As part of the application, exchange students must submit a Course Request Form. The Study Abroad Office staff and academic departments will work to enroll students in their requested courses.

Timeline for Spring 2024 Enrollment

October 11: Spring 2024 Course Schedule available in MyPack Portal. Course Catalog can be found here.

Late October (TBD): Course Request Form Due. Students should have reviewed courses with home university and received approval.

As students submit requests, our office will coordinate with Academic Departments to review/approve course requests.

Early November (TBD): The Study Abroad Office will begin enrolling all incoming exchange students.


Research and identify courses that will be taught during the term that you plan to study at NC State using the course search tool.

  • Undergraduate students are generally eligible for classes numbered 100-499. Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • Graduate students are generally eligible for classes numbered 500-799. Graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours. 
  • Some course sections are reserved for specific student populations, so be sure to carefully review all course requirements as you go about your search.
  • If you need a course syllabus, please email to request this syllabus.

Please be sure to select Fall 2023 Term before you begin your search. Don’t list any courses from other terms on your form.  Although a majority of courses must be in your designated field of study, we recommend that students take an elective that is unique to an American university. A few that we would like to highlight are the Foreign Language English courses, and International Studies 200.  Note that some of these courses are not offered this term, so you should look for them in the course catalog before adding them to your form. 

Before submitting the form, undergraduate students enrolling in Poole College of Management (PCOM) courses (Business Management, Economics, Accounting) should carefully review guidance from Poole Global.

You should consult your home institution’s Academic/Faculty advisor on your courses before requesting them. We will ask that you have made these consultations before submitting your request. It may be helpful for you to schedule an appointment with them now so you can be sure that you have a clear understanding of your course requirements and flexibility. Delays in the submission of this form could cause delays in course registration, making it harder for our office to enroll you in your top courses. 

The fall 2023 course request form will be sent out on March 13 and will be due on March 27.

  • You MUST list 5 courses in the Top 5 section and at least 3 courses in the Alternates section. You will be registered for courses based on availability and the order in which you list the courses. If you do not fill out this form completely and correctly, you will be asked to re-do the form.
  • You may not take a course if you have not met the prerequisites. You will have an opportunity to explain how coursework taken at your home university may satisfy the prerequisite(s) at NC State in the Google form. 
  • Your course requests must align with the Enrollment Requirements listed further down this page. 
  • Whenever possible, select a section of the course that does not pose a time conflict with your other Top 5 Course Requests. 

Please complete the form fully. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed in every course that you request, but by listing alternates, it makes it easier for us to get you into courses that will work for you in case we cannot enroll you in courses listed under your Top 5. If you do not provide real alternates, we may not be able to fill your course schedule. 

Delays in the submission of this form could cause delays in course registration, making it harder for our office to enroll you in your top courses. 

Our office will work with academic departments to enroll you in your courses. Please do not attempt to enroll yourself or make changes to your schedule before arrival at NC State. After you have been enrolled in a full course schedule, further changes can be made by working directly with our office and/or your department. Courses become more difficult to change as the start of the semester approaches, so try to request changes earlier and be patient with our office as we facilitate the process. 

As always, please send any questions to

Enrollment Requirements

Credit Hour RequirementsUndergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 Credit Hours
Graduate students must enroll in at least 9 credit hours
Graduate Level InstructionGraduate students not taking at least 6 credit hours of graduate-level instruction will be subject to undergraduate enrollment requirements (12 credit hour minimum).
Field of Study RequirementsYou have been assigned a field of study at NC State based on your course interest. For visa purposes, you must be enrolled in a majority of your credit hours within that field of study.
Online, In-Person, and Hybrid CoursesOnline classes do not count towards the minimum enrollment requirements. As you search the catalog, you should be able to see whether a course will be offered in person by checking the "Location" column. If there is a building location in the Location column, or it says "Hybrid," it should count as an in-person course. If it says "Online Delivery" it is a course being offered entirely online this semester.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Prerequisites are courses or levels of achievement that a student is expected to have completed successfully prior to enrolling in a course. Corequisites are courses that should be taken at the same time.
  • You may not take a course if you have not met the prerequisites. You will have an opportunity to explain how coursework taken at your home university may satisfy the prerequisite(s) at NC State in the course request form. 
  • We will consult with the appropriate academic departments to determine your eligibility for any courses you list.
  • For prerequisites, list your home university courses that cover the material taught in the prerequisite course.
  • Departments may request English syllabi for the courses you have taken to ensure the course is suitable for enrollment. 

Degree Requirements & Course Flexibility

  • In the form, please indicate which degree requirements you must fulfill while you are studying at NC State in order to stay on track with your home university degree requirements. We will do our best to keep these in mind as we enroll you. 
  • In what areas do you have flexibility? You may have a course requirement that can be satisfied by a wide range of courses. For example, you may need to fulfill a history requirement, but have the flexibility to take any 200 or 300-level course. We will do our best to register you in your top choices, but it is helpful to know if you have flexibility in some areas.
  • If there are multiple courses that could fulfill the same requirement, please only list ONE course in your Top 5, and indicate which other courses could work. For example, you may explain that you need to take 2 Accounting courses, 1 Statistics course, and 2 Humanities courses. Please let us know if you are not able to get credit for more than one course in a particular field. 

Departmental Review & Enrollment Notes

  • You will be assigned a major field of study based on course interest listed in your online application. You will have a Major Academic Advisor who will review your course requests in your major field of study. Your Major Academic Advisor will determine your eligibility for courses in their department. 
  • If the courses you have requested do not align with your assigned major, we will reassign your major to match your courses. This is done to ensure that your visa paperwork matches your studies at NC State.
  • We will do our best to create a schedule for you that includes the courses you list on this form, however, we cannot guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please consider university closures at NC State and your home institution when discussing your course requests with your institution.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In order to be properly registered as an NC State student, all exchange students must choose a major/field of study.
  • A major field of study is also required for the DS-2019 letter.
  • Students must take courses outside of their major field of study, but a major of courses should be within the major.
  • You can use the Class Search to get an idea of what courses will be offered during your exchange. We recommend you look for classes offered in the same term you will study at NC State. Some courses are only taught in the spring or fall semesters.
  • The finalized list of courses will be available online in March for Fall courses and October for Spring courses.

Credit hours are the measurement units used to classify courses. For each credit hour, students are expected to spend 1 hour in class per week plus 2 hours studying per week. A standard course is 3 credit hours, so students should expect to be in class 3 hours a week plus 6 hours of studying.

  • Courses are numbered to indicate the academic level – courses 100 through 499 are for undergraduate students, and classes 500 and above are for graduate students. As course numbers increase, the level of difficulty and rigor increase as well.
  • Most courses have more than one offering each semester, referred to as a section. Each section meets at a different time and may be taught by different professors.
  • See below for an example of course numbers and sections:
  • If a course is full or has restrictions, our office is unable to add you to the course. Full courses have no remaining seats and should not be listed in your Course Request Form.
  • Restricted courses usually require fulfillment of prerequisites, and the Study Abroad Office must consult with the academic department to determine your eligibility. We cannot guarantee you a seat in courses that are restricted.
  • *Occasionally, full courses will have seats open up during the first week of classes. If you are interested in a full course, continue to check for availability during Orientation and during the first week of class. If you are unable to obtain a seat in a class through the waitlist, you may speak with the professor/instructor to see if there is other space available.
  • For visa regulations, all exchange students must maintain a full course load.
    • For undergraduate students, a full load is 12 credit hours.
    • For graduate students, a full load is 9 credit hours.
  • Distance Education courses do not count towards this minimum enrollment requirement.
  • You are responsible for working with your department and advisors at your home university to identify NC State courses. Based on the courses listed on your Course Request Form, you will be registered in the courses most appropriate for you. Not all NC State courses are appropriate for exchange students and your academic advisor will make this distinction.
  • Some courses may be restricted by major or by class (such as SR-for senior/4th year students). In some cases, we can get department approval to enroll you in a restricted course. However, degree-seeking NC State students have priority and we cannot guarantee enrollment in restricted courses.
  • Currently, the Biomedical Engineering Department cannot accept exchange students due to the limited availability of their courses. 
  • During Orientation, you will have a chance to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your courses and make any changes necessary. We do not recommend making course schedule changes prior to arrival because it is likely that you will not be able to bypass certain restrictions on MyPack Portal. This is usually done manually and after consultation with the academic department.
  • You may wish to attend the first meeting of your course in order to receive the syllabus and decide whether the course is appropriate for you. After arrival on campus, you may change your course schedule until approximately 2 weeks into the semester.
  • As a reminder, for visa regulations, you must maintain minimum enrollment requirements (12 credit hours for undergraduates, 9 credit hours for graduate students).

Distance education courses are taught completely online. Online courses do not count towards the minimum enrollment requirement and my only be taken if a student is planning to enroll in more than the minimum credit hours.