The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university in the US. It is a global leader in higher education, renowned for innovative teaching, research and public service. UNC students and sports teams carry the moniker “Tar Heels” with pride.

Calling itself “the Southern Part of Heaven”, Chapel Hill is a charming college town centred around Franklin Street, with eclectic boutiques, fantastic restaurants and Tar Heel memorabilia shops.

Semester dates

Semester Dates
Fall Semester August–December
Spring Semester January–May

View UNC's academic calendar.

 

Guides and additional information

UNC has online resources to help you get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

12 credits at UNC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UNC.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UNC course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Communication, digital media and PR
Film, TV and media
Journalism
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Exchange students can select one (3 credit) course from the College of Arts and Sciences. All other courses must be selected from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at UNC:​

  • 100-189: Undergraduate introductory courses
  • 190-399: Undergraduate courses
  • 400-699: Undergraduate advanced and postgraduate courses 
  • 700-899: Postgraduate courses (Undergraduate students may enroll with department permission)
  • 900-999: Postgraduate courses

UNC has online resources to help you navigate their academic policies and structure:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Exchange students at UNC can choose between three housing options – on-campus residence halls, Granville Towers student housing, or off-campus private accommodation. 

Cost of living

UNC provides an outline of the estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate students at Chapel Hill. Keep in mind that exchange students do not pay tuition to their host university. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

As health insurance coverage is mandatory for all students attending UNC Chapel Hill, you will automatically be enrolled in and billed for the UNC Chapel Hill student medical insurance. Students may be eligible for a waiver if they have sufficient coverage and meet UNC's minimum requirements for coverage. More information on how to obtain a waiver, will be given to you after you've been accepted to UNC. Please note that the waiver of the UNC Student Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and is subject to UNC's approval.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.