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Preparing for International Travel

Consistent with UNC System guidance, University-affiliated international travel requires prior approval. Prospective travellers should familiarize themselves with conditions in destination countries:

Below you’ll find resources and recommendations to help plan your international travels. If you are traveling for University-affiliated study, research, clinical rotations/placements, independent activity, or business, please also review UNC’s travel requirements and policies before planning your trip.

Travel Outside the U.S.

Please visit our page on international travel for additional information about:

  • Requirements and tips for University-affiliated travelers
  • Guidance for student and first-time travelers
  • U.S. Department of State resources
  • Traveler health and safety
  • Discrimination and accessibility

Carolina undergraduate students looking for study abroad opportunities for academic credit should visit the Study Abroad Office.

International students and scholars looking for visa guidance for travel outside the United States should contact International Student and Scholar Services.

Staff and faculty seeking information about international protocol while traveling on University business should visit our protocol page or contact Melissa McMurray, manager of global partnership administration, at

Travel to the U.S.

Admitted international students and scholars of the University seeking guidance about traveling to the U.S. for coursework and research should contact International Student and Scholar Services.

UNC staff and faculty looking for guidance on hosting international visitors and delegations should visit our page on protocol for international visits or contact Melissa McMurray, manager of global partnership administration, at

International students looking to study abroad at UNC-Chapel Hill should consult the Study Abroad Office’s page on studying abroad at UNC.

Prospective international students looking to apply for admission to the University should contact either the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School.

Potential collaborators at universities and organizations around the world seeking information about how to partner with UNC-Chapel Hill should read our philosophy on institutional partnerships or contact the person, office, or department you wish to collaborate with directly. A full listing of UNC’s departments and schools can be found on