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Protocol for International Visits

Bringing the world to UNC-Chapel Hill and extending Carolina’s presence worldwide are at the core of the Carolina’s global mission. We welcome visitors to our campus, especially from our partner institutions and foreign governments. These visits can inform and enrich our teaching, research and student engagement.

Protocol Support

Global Partnership and Programs staff can serve as a resource for Carolina units hosting international visitors, from faculty to a university president or a dignitary such as an ambassador. Protocol guidance can be provided regarding:

  • Logistics, such as transportation, lodging and security
  • Organizing the visit agenda, including meetings and meals
  • Engaging relevant administrators, faculty and students
  • Formal events, including guest list, seating arrangements, caterers and event spaces
  • Briefings and other materials
  • Tours of campus or the FedEx Global Education Center
  • Relevant cultural practices and customs
  • Gift exchange
  • Flag etiquette
  • Publicity and media relations

If you are considering drafting an agreement with a visiting institution, please see our international agreements page for information.

Contact Information

Melissa McMurray, Associate Director of Global Partnerships
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs


Preparing for Visiting Delegations

To help you start planning a visit, consider this list of topics, as well as the resources below.

Sample Materials

Protocol Guides

World Country Information