Since our establishment as the first public university in the United States in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has earned a reputation as a leading global public research university.
We enroll more than 29,000 students representing all 100 North Carolina counties, the 50 U.S. states, and more than 100 countries. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Global Guarantee provides access for all Carolina students to a transformative global education, with opportunities to learn from cultures and societies around the world—and to learn about the ways our world is interconnected. Whether through study abroad or through rich global content and experiences incorporated into the Carolina curriculum, our students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills fundamental to their success as they become the next generation of global leaders.
Our students learn from nearly 3,700 full-time faculty members from 82 countries. Many are members and leaders in the most prestigious academies and professional organizations. They’ve received external recognition for their work through awards such as the Nobel Prize and MacArthur “Genius Grants”—and many have been selected as Fulbright Scholars. Our researchers draw in $1.15 billion in sponsored research annually and rank 48th in the world for citations. This work represents thousands of global connections, and I am proud that our faculty are finding promising solutions to some of the most pressing issues in the world.
I encourage you to explore this site to learn more about our work to infuse our campus with a global mindset, and the work we do with partners across many regions of the world. You will see reflections of this on the UNC Global website, which we hope can help you learn more about UNC Global and Carolina’s role in the world.
Barbara J. Stephenson, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer
U.S. Ambassador (Retired)