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.

Course Selection

All exchange students are required to identify a major/field of study during exchange period. Students must take a majority of courses in this major. Please consult with your home university to select a list of appropriate NC State courses for registration.

View all NC State courses Find curriculum outlines for all NC State majors Browse the course offerings See a sample Course Request Form Course Restrictions for Poole College of Management

Note: If you require additional course information (course outline/syllabus), please email saoincoming@ncsu.edu

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, this is 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 into 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 and are not recommended for exchange students. They incur additional costs and do not count towards your minimum enrollment requirement.