The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States of America

Language of instruction


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

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

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

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Communication, digital media and PR
Film, TV and media

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


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. 

Additional Mandatory Fees

UNC has additional mandatory fees which are outlined on their cost of attendance webpage. These fees cannot not be waived. 

Financial support

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


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.

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan if they have additional cover that meets UNC Chapel Hill's minimum waiver requirements. However, waiver eligibility is assessed by the host university and is not guaranteed as requirements are subject to change. More information on how to obtain a waiver, will be given to you after you've been accepted to UNC.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets UNC Chapel Hill minimum waiver requirements.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October 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 the Global Experiences team 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

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.