University of North Carolina Exchange Program (UNCEP)

The University of North Carolina Exchange Program (UNCEP) consortium was established by the UNC Board of Governors in 1997 as the official system-wide student exchange program. This program offers students at any of the 16 UNC campuses the opportunity to participate in affordable, high-quality, semester or year-long study abroad exchanges. Overseas opportunities are currently available in over 27 countries. UNCEP's philosophy is that students must be immersed in the academic and living environments of their host countries. Accordingly, all instruction is offered by the faculty of the host universities. Students will pay tuition and fees to WCU, and room and board to their host university.

Currently, students can study in English at a number of universities in Australia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Israel. Students can study in Spanish and English in Mexico. Our German partners offer the opportunity to learn and study in German.

Destinations Include: 

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Uruguay

Browse the list of UNC Exchanges (including ISEP Exchange Sites)

Learn German in Germany
Students with no previous knowledge of the German language can study in English at the University of Mannheim. Students will take an introductory German language course in addition to three liberal studies courses. Sophomores may apply to this program. This opportunity is also available to MBA students who can enroll in the English MBA program at the University of Mannheim.

Certificate in International Business
One of our partners in Mexico - Monterrey Tech - is offering a new certificate program in international business. This certificate will be both available in English and Spanish. The certificate consists of five international courses, which students will have to select from a suggested list. Students will make the combination of courses that best suit their academic goals. Students interested in getting the specialization in Mexico will have to take at least four courses related to the region. Students that would like to spend more than a semester in Mexico may complement their certificate with an internship working for a company in Monterrey. This could be an excellent option for students looking for a more-in-depth experience in Mexico.

Guidelines for Exchange Programs

Application Process for UNC Exchange Programs

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available for UNCEP. The aid will not only cover tuition, fees, room and board, but also international health insurance, passport and visa costs, and the cost of travel to the host country.


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