Participation in a study abroad program encourages the exchange of knowledge and understanding and promotes enlightened and responsible global citizenship. Approximately a third of Carolina undergraduate students study abroad before they graduate – one of the highest study abroad rates among U.S. public universities. Study abroad opportunities are available at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, with the Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences managing the majority of undergraduate programs and those offered through the Graduate School. The Study Abroad Office also manages undergraduate programs for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Education and the School of Information and Library Science. A number of the other professional schools – such as medicine, law, social work and nursing – manage their own programs.
The Study Abroad Office offers more than 320 programs in 71 countries. These global education opportunities are offered through bilateral exchange agreements, direct enrollment opportunities at partner universities, agreements with professional program providers and through other UNC-organized study abroad programs, which are often led by Carolina faculty. The Study Abroad Office also administers the joint degree program with the National University of Singapore. Office staff are dedicated to helping students study abroad and pair students with the most appropriate and fulfilling educational opportunities, provide financial and health information and even suggest tips for traveling green and sustainably.
Business Students Abroad
The Kenan-Flagler Business School also offers a number of global education opportunities for undergraduate students pursuing a business major or minor. Students can participate in semester exchanges or summer programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and Oceania to study business from a different perspective and gain invaluable immersion experience. The school also offers an innovative undergraduate program – the Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education Program (GLOBE) – in which UNC partners with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Copenhagen Business School. Students study at each of the three partner campuses, and each school delivers classes that reflect particular strengths in different aspects of business. Business school students are also able participate in Global Immersion Electives to gain firsthand insight into how business is conducted around the world. These short programs occur primarily in the summer in a variety of countries and allow students to visit multinational and local companies and apply business learning in real-life settings. More than half of all UNC business majors earn academic credit while studying outside of the United States. Kenan-Flagler global programs advisors work with students to think strategically about what program best fits their needs and learning styles.
A number of global opportunities for students pursuing an MBA are also offered, including semester exchanges with a number of universities through the Partnership in International Management consortium, Global Immersion Electives and Global Business Projects. Kenan-Flagler also is a partner with four other global universities in the Global OneMBA Program, an executive program in which students participate in global residencies in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia.