Incoming Exchange Programming

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Culture to Culture Ambassadors Program (CCAP)

CCAP is designed to help new international students connect with the NC State community before and during their first semester on campus by matching the new students with current student “Ambassadors.” Ultimately, this program aims to enhance students’ success and experience for both the new students and the ambassadors. Students will be assigned to a CCAP group with 2-3 ambassadors who are current NC State students. Ambassadors will communicate with students prior to their arrival and will remain in contact throughout the semester. Communication is done either through email or social media. Students will meet their CCAP groups at the welcome party and have time to connect during orientation.


Orientation events will take place over several days. There will be required meetings, but also time for rest and activities. Students will be assigned to a CCAP group with ambassadors who are current NC State students. Your ambassadors will help you throughout the time you are preparing for your term at NC State and throughout the semester/academic year. Some orientation events will be led by your CCAP Ambassadors.

Orientation will include information about the American education system, class registration, health insurance, banking, meal plans, transportation, a campus tour, and more. There will be required meetings with academic advisors and the Office of International Services. Several guided shopping trips to Target will also be held.

International Welcome Parties

There’s lots of pizza to go around! A number of welcome parties are held when international students arrive. Some may be held by the village or residence hall they are living in, while some are thrown by CCAP or the Office of Global Engagement. Students should receive details in both their email and in their orientation folders.

Farewell Party

Before students leave, there will be a CCAP Farewell Party to give our offices a chance to say goodbye to students before they depart. We encourage students to stop by for free hot cocoa in the winter or free ice cream in the summer.