Choosing a Program
If UNC Charlotte does not offer a program that sufficiently meets a student’s academic needs, he/she has the option of submitting an application for an affiliate provider program that is not offered through an approved affiliate provider
. The Office of Education Abroad permits study abroad through any program sponsored by a U.S. accredited institution, accredited third-party provider, or direct enrollment at an accredited institution overseas. While this option does offer flexibility, students on these programs will be expected to act much more independently, as UNC Charlotte will not have an established relationship with the affiliate provider or host institution.
With over 100 exchange options and 1,000 affiliate provider options, OEA recommends students first consider applying for one of the approved programs offered. Should a student find a non-approved provider option that they prefer, they will then be able to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to discuss their plans and be given access to a study abroad application (required).
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (for spring break or summer options)
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (for fall, spring or year-long programs)
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at time of application and prior to departure
- Complete required OEA application by deadline outlined
Note that the student will have to additionally apply to the affiliate provider in order to be accepted into the program. It will be the students responsibility to determine what the application process is, how to apply, the deadline by which to apply and to ensure they apply by the deadline in addition to
completing the required OEA application.
Because the student is choosing to apply for a non-approved affiliate provider, they will be responsible for the following:
OEA Policies & Services
- Determining the application process in order to apply to the affiliate provider
- Communicating with the affiliate provider directly with any questions relating to the program details or logistics
- Determine the cost of the program that is paid to the affiliate provider and understand what is and what is not included in this cost
- Ensure that the affiliate provider or host university mails an official transcript at the end of the program directly to the Office of Education Abroad at UNC Charlotte (not to the student nor to any other department on campus) in order for grades to be processed
Students choosing to apply for a non-approved provider program will still submit an OEA application by the deadlines outlined above in order to be approved to participate in the program and to have the non-approved provider vetted. Please see the following chart for a list of OEA required study abroad fees:
||No Academic Credit
|Fall, Spring, Summer, Year-Long
||$600 per semester
||Dependent upon length of time abroad
||$300 per semester
||Dependent upon length of time abroad
A $35 application fee & deposit will be required at time of application. $10 of the $35 is a non-refundable application fee. The remaining $25 of the $35 will be put towards the overall study abroad fee (as outlined above). After approval, the student will be prompted to submit the remainder of the study abroad fee. Refund and cancellation policies can be found in the student's study abroad account.
Additionally, OEA will enroll students in a mandatory international health insurance, which is required by the state of North Carolina. The cost of the insurance is $1.42/day (subject to change). Once approved by OEA and accepted by the affiliate provider, OEA will then enroll the students in this insurance on their behalf and invoice the student for the total cost of the insurance. This insurance cannot be waived for any reason.
Students who would like to apply for a non-approved affiliate provider program should follow the Steps to Study Abroad
, which involves completing the Study Abroad 101 requirement first. Once you have completed this requirement, you will then be eligible to schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Advisor. This will be a required step in order for you to receive access to the required OEA application. You will not
be able to gain access to this application by clicking the "Apply now" button on this brochure.
Non-Approved Provider Program Approval
- As a part of the OEA application in order for the student to be approved to study abroad, there will also be a separate section within the same application that asks for information regarding the affiliate provider. Students will need to provide information regarding the following (but not limited to):
- Proof that the affiliate provider program offers academic credit from an accredited 4 year degree awarding institution with graded courses (transferable to an A-F letter grade)
- Information regarding the location and itinerary of the program
- Cost of the program including a breakdown of services included in cost
- Contact information for the affiliate provider
- List of courses offered as well as an outline of proposed study plan
- It is each student’s responsibility to research and select the program based on his or her own needs and expectations. UNC Charlotte cannot be held responsible if the program does not meet the student’s needs and expectations.
- Costs for outside programs vary widely. It is the student's responsibility to determine the total estimated cost of expenses associated with the program, including costs the student will be responsibie for that are not included in the cost paid to the affiliate provider
It is STRONGLY encouraged that the student NOT apply to the university or affiliate provide until he/she has met with an Education Abroad advisor. The Office of Education Abroad is not held responsible for any program fees and deposits lost due in the instance of program denial.