Read more about the academic programs available in each of NC State’s 8 colleges.
Know Before You Go
U.S. Education System
The academic system at NC State may be different from that of your home institution.
English Language Proficiency
In order to be eligible to study at NC State, applicants must show proof of English Proficiency. Read more about our requirements and accepted scores and documents in our English Proficiency Guidelines.
The university grading scale is as follows below. Some professors may use a variation of the scale. Grading scales are included in the syllabus for each course. Students should check with their home institution to determine which grades are required to receive transfer credit.
|A+||97 and Above|
|P/F||Pass/Fail (not for letter grade)|
|IP/I||In Progress/ Incomplete|
Once students complete all requirements of their exchange, a transcript will be mailed to the home university within a few months of the end of the term. Please note that the transcript will not be sent out if students have have outstanding charges posted to their account.
The Study Abroad Office recommends using the NC State Book Store online price comparison feature. Students can access this tool from their course schedule (located in their MyPack Portal) to view prices from numerous vendors. Pay close attention to delivery estimates when ordering books online.
The book stores located on or near campus can also be a good location for purchasing textbooks. Books can be quite expensive, so choosing to rent a textbook or buy a used copy is not uncommon.
At the end of the semester, students may sell books back at some locations.