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  • Locations: Mulitple, Multiple
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UNC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Jason Kinnear Program type: Student Initiated
Language prerequisite: No
Program Description:
Requirements| Courses & Credits| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Student Initiated Programs

While the Study Abroad Office offers hundreds of approved programs with a wide range of academic and location options, we understand that our portfolio may not address your academic, financial, or career. If you are interested in a study, internship, or research program that is not listed on our website, there are countless study abroad options available, allowing you to continue your enrollment at UNC while earning credit abroad. Programs must be offered through an accredited U.S. institution, third-party provider organization, or institution overseas and provide an academic transcript.  
You will also need to complete a UNC Study Abroad application prior to your departure, where you must detail your academic and other reasons for pursuing the program. Advisors in the Study Abroad Office will review your application to determine if the proposed program meets the academic rigor of courses offered by UNC and provides proper support services for participants. Approval to participate in a student-initiated program is not guaranteed. 
Students approved to participate in these programs remain enrolled at UNC during their time abroad, have access to services through SAO, and receive transfer credit for the coursework that they complete abroad.   
Please note: this process is designed for students who wish to earn credit from their experience abroad. If you do not plan to earn credit to apply to your UNC degree program but you are using University resources/support, such as faculty/advisor involvement in planning or advising, university financial aid or scholarships (including donor or grant funds administered by the University), you are required to apply for an independent education abroad activity and register your travel with the Study Abroad Office. If your international travel is not affiliated with the university, you are not required to register with the Study Abroad Office.


  • Programs must be academic in nature and meet the academic rigor of UNC Chapel Hill 

  • The location of the program is not restricted by the UNC Travel Policy 

  • Summer programs: the program must offer a minimum of three credits 

  • Semester programs: the program must offer a minimum of 12 credits 

Courses & Credits

Courses taken on a Student Initiated Program will be eligible for transfer credit that will come back as a UNC equivalent course, departmental elective, or general education/elective course with a specific study abroad grading basis. These hours may be applied as general elective, general education, or major/minor credit. You can find out more about the process for transferring credit here. 
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Program Costs

When participating on a Student Initiated Program, the majority of costs for the program are paid directly to the program institution/organization and not through your UNC student account 
You will be responsible for the following charges at UNC:  
  • Application Fee: $50 – paid at time of application submission 
  • Study Abroad Admin Fee: $1000 – charged to your UNC student account 
Financial Aid and scholarships can be used to fund participation in a Student Initiated Program.  

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

To participate in a Student Initiated Program, you will be required to complete TWO applications prior to departure for your program  
  • UNC Study Abroad Application: Click APPLY NOW above - this application helps determine if a program is eligible for UNC credit, ensures continued enrollment at UNC, and allows you to receive support and services from UNC SAO 
    • Deadlines: You must complete the UNC application online by: 
      • Summer/Fall/Academic Year programs: February 10 
      • Spring/Calendar Year programs: September 10 
    • Important Note: If you choose to bypass this application and go abroad on your own, then you will not maintain enrollment at UNC, will not have access to any institutional, state, and/or financial aid and scholarships that you may be eligible for, and risk your courses and credits not transferring back to UNC.  
      • If you already participated in a program and wish to earn credit after completion, there is an additional $500 Retroactive Application Fee. You cannot receive financial aid retroactively if you participated in your program without approval beforehand.   
  • Program Application: You will apply directly with the program institution/organization. You must meet the application requirements of the host program. Deadlines will vary by program

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2023 09/10/2022
10/05/2022 TBA TBA
Spring 2023 09/10/2022
10/05/2022 TBA TBA
Summer 2023 02/10/2023
03/03/2023 TBA TBA
Fall 2023 02/10/2023
03/15/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/10/2023
03/15/2023 TBA TBA

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Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1