We appreciate your interest in your student's plans to study abroad while at UNC Kenan-Flagler and we look forward to working with you on making this international experience a great success for your student! The support of parents and guardians is crucial, and we hope you will find this information useful as you are communicating with your student about this exciting opportunity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of studying abroad?
A: Students reap significant academic and personal benefits from study abroad, and returned students call it a life-changing experience. Our partner universities are chosen for their excellent academic caliber and reputation, so students do not experience a decline in educational quality by going abroad. On a personal level, students gain independence, flexibility, intercultural communication skills, improved foreign language proficiency, firsthand knowledge of another country's culture and history, and memories to last a lifetime!
Q: How do employers view study abroad?
A: According to the findings of a study by the Council for International Educational Exchange "Employer Attitudes toward Study Abroad," after a student's major or minor, employers are looking for a study abroad experience in potential hires. Longer programs or those with an experiential learning or internship component are particularly valued. Employers recognize the link between study abroad and personal qualities they are looking for, including adaptability, working well under pressure, a non-judgmental attitude, and intellectual curiosity.
Q: Where can I find information about the programs?
A: By clicking on the links on the left for GLOBE, semester exchange, summer and international internship programs, and short-term immersions.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Security is our top priority for study abroad students. Safety is always a consideration in choosing destinations and each location we offer hosts many visiting students per year without incident. We hold a pre-departure session before students leave to discuss detailed health and safety information, including taking care of your physical and mental health, unsafe behaviors, alcohol consumption, and more.
Q: How much does it cost? Are scholarships available?
A: Each program description provides an estimated budget sheet for planning purposes. The BSBA Program offers some competitive merit scholarships for students who submit a completed scholarship application by the deadline. Additional information on funding opportunities can be found under the Scholarships/Financial Aid link.
Q: What is the application process?
A: Students submit an online application. Application materials may vary, depending on the particular program the student is applying for; however, requirements usually include an official transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, and passport-sized photos to the Undergraduate Business Program. For students who are interested in a study abroad opportunity hosted by one of our partner universities, they will submit a second application to the host university after being accepted by Kenan-Flagler. Except in very rare circumstances, students accepted by UNC for a study abroad program are accepted by our partner university.
Q: Will study abroad delay graduation?
A: No, study abroad will not delay a student's graduation. Students receive credit towards their Undergraduate Business degree on Kenan-Flagler approved programs and can meet UNC General Education and second major or minor requirements while abroad. Our study abroad advisors are trained academic advisors and work with students individually on the type on credit they receive and how it is applied to their degree.
Q: What length of program is best?
A: We offer a variety of program lengths and formats to meet the needs of all of our students. For the most immersion experience and a truly global education in Europe, Asia and North America, the GLOBE® program includes the spring semester of junior year and fall semester of senior year abroad. Semester and summer exchanges are very popular and many students find it just the right amount of time away. Our international internship program provides the opportunity to gain practical work experience in an international setting. Our short-term immersions are great options for students who may have a summer internship and still want to study abroad and those interested in visiting companies and gaining a comparative perspective on how business is conducted in the U.S. and another key region.
Q: What do I do if there's an emergency situation?
A: In case of emergency, contact the UNC Department of Public Safety (DPS) at +1.919.962.8100 and explain that your son or daughter is studying abroad. They have a procedure in place for reaching relevant staff. Please also notify the student's Kenan-Flagler study abroad advisor at +1.919.962.0339 after DPS has been notified.