UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Visiting Exchange Students

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  • Greetings from Chapel Hill!

    Each year, the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School welcomes a select group of exchange students from our partner universities around the world. Our dedicated Global Programs team aims to provide our visiting students with an exciting and transformative exchange experience at the oldest public university in the United States.

    If you have been selected by your home institution to apply to the Kenan-Flagler Business School as an undergraduate exchange student, we look forward to receiving your application and to helping you prepare for your Tar Heel experience. On this site you will find the application materials and requirements for admission as an exchange student, as well as information about registration, costs, housing, and other matters you will need to know about before arrival. If you are just browsing in order to make a decision on whether you would like to be an exchange student here, we hope that you will find these pages useful.

    Our staff strives to make your entry to our institution as easy as possible, but the success of your time here will largely be your responsibility. The key to having a great experience at Carolina is to get involved, not only in your academic work, but in the many worthwhile and stimulating extra-curricular activities, organizations, clubs and opportunities that abound on our campus.

    Come study abroad at a top 10 business school where tradition and innovation shape leaders for the bottom line and the greater good!

    -The Global Programs Team

    If your institution does not have a formal agreement with the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill, you cannot apply to study as an exchange student. If you are interested in attending UNC as a degree-seeking student, you will need to find out about regular admissions by going to the main UNC web page, http://admissions.unc.edu/, and make the necessary application directly.

    2019-2020 Exchange Fact Sheet


    Contact Us:

    Mailing Address:
    Undergraduate Business Global Programs
    Kenan-Flagler Business School
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Campus Box 3490, McColl Building Suite 3100
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

    Physical Address:
    300 Kenan Center Drive
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599

    Email Address:

    Phone Numbers:
    Phone: 919.962.0339
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  • Academic Calendar

    Fall 2019
    Campus Arrival August 14-15, 2019
    Mandatory Visiting Exchange Orientation
    August 16, 2019
    Classes Begin August 20, 2019
    Fall Break October 17-18, 2019
    Thanksgiving Recess

    November 27-29, 2019

    Classes End

     December 4, 2019

    Exams End*  December 13, 2019
    Earliest Departure

    December 14, 2019

    Spring 2019
    Campus Arrival January 5-6, 2020
    Mandatory Visiting Exchange Orientation January 7, 2020
    Classes Begin January 8, 2020
    Spring Break March 6-15, 2020
     Classes End
    April 24, 2020
    Exams End* May 5, 2020
    Earliest Departure May 6, 2020

    *must be present in Chapel Hill for entire exam period

    Courses available

    Course listings are searchable on the University Registrar website under the BUSI subject.The fall course schedule is available in mid-February. The spring course schedule is available in mid-September.

    All visiting exchange students must remain registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester during your exchange to UNC to maintain your student visa status. Visiting exchange students are not permitted to register for more than 18 credit hours at UNC.  The majority of your courses must be business courses; however, you are permitted to take one non-business course during your exchange. Visiting exchange students are not eligible to enroll in courses offered through The Friday Center. 

    The Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler is a two year program. UNC students spend the first two years of university doing General Education subjects and business prerequisite requirements before applying to Kenan-Flagler for their final two years. View curriculum information.

    Please note that course syllabi are not available to exchange students until arrival on campus.

    Course Registration

    Course registration begins in early April for fall semester and early November for spring semester for all current UNC undergraduate students.

    As part of your exchange application process, all nominated and eligible students are required to submit an online Course Selection Application (emailed to you) in order to request space in Business School courses only (i.e. courses beginning with BUSI). Because exchange students are not permitted to register until after regular UNC students, the Undergrad Business Program office will hold a seat in the BUSI courses in which all prerequisites have been met and there are no restrictions for that course. We give priority registration to our visiting exchange students so it's imperative that you submit your course information by the deadline specified in the email you received from our office and also highlighted below or we can't guarantee you will be allowed to take the desired courses you list in your application.

    Course registration is subject to availability and placement in the requested courses is not guaranteed. The Undergraduate Business Global Programs Office will officially register you in ConnectCarolina for all the courses in which you qualify for. You will only be registered for the number of credit hours that are required by your home university during early registration. If you wish to take additional courses you may adjust your schedule after you have received your UNC student access information. This process is typically done in late April for fall exchange and late November for spring exchange.

    When selecting the BUSI courses you wish to be registered in please refer to the two documents that were emailed to you for your Course Selection Application. To view other course listings at UNC, refer to the Office of the University Registrar.

    Some things to keep in mind:
    • You must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours to maintain your student visa status. Visiting exchange students are not permitted to register for more than 18 credit hours during your exchange to UNC.
    • We have a two year business program. Courses in the 401-412 range are introductory business core courses for the major. Courses numbered above 490 are advanced business electives and require an introductory course as a prerequisite (ex: any Finance related BUSI elective requires the completion of BUSI 408 Corporate Finance prior, any Marketing related BUSI elective requires completion of BUSI 406 Principles of Marketing prior, etc). Please refer to the ‘Notes’ column within the course schedule spreadsheet for course prerequisites/restrictions. As long as you have had the prerequisite at your home university, you may take upper level electives at UNC.
    • When making your course schedule, keep in mind that the majority of BUSI courses are held either on Monday/Wednesday (MW) or Tuesday/Thursday (TTH) and last for 75 minutes, unless otherwise indicated on the provided course schedule. The Undergrad Business Program offers both semester length (3 credits) and MOD length (1.5 credits) courses. MOD courses only meet for half a semester (MOD 1 - Aug-Oct; MOD 2 - Oct-Dec; MOD 3 - Jan-Mar; MOD 4 - Mar-May).
    • Some BUSI elective courses are by application and permission only. If you're interested in any application courses, you will need to follow the guidelines and submit an application by the deadline. Please refer to the BUSI Elective Course Description document for instructions. We will not register you automatically for these courses until you are given appropriate permission. Until you are given permission to enroll, we strongly suggest choosing other courses to fulfill 12 credit hours in the instance you are not given permission. These other courses may be dropped after permission is obtained.
    • Textbooks can be quite expensive in the U.S. Incoming exchange students can save some money by ordering their textbooks online. Amazon Student allows you to purchase textbooks online while receiving free 2-day shipping.

    Exchange Student Code of Conduct

    All visiting exchange students must abide by the Exchange Student Code of Conduct. As a UNC-Chapel Hill exchange student, you are subject to sanctions when you are found in violation of this Code of Conduct.

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  • Accommodation in Chapel Hill

    On-campus accommodation is available for fall and spring semester exchange students.  Once you have been officially admitted as an incoming exchange student you will receive specific details about applying for on-campus housing (typically in April for fall exchange and November for spring exchange). Exchange students have 3 options for housing during their exchange to UNC Kenan-Flagler:

    1. UNC Residential/On-Campus Housing - we strongly encourage this option for exchange students.

    2. Granville Towers - a university-owned, but privately operated residence, which provides a wide range of housing plans. NOTE: This facility is only available for visiting exchange students who will study on exchange at UNC-Chapel Hill for for the entire academic year. Space is not guaranteed at this facility.
    3. Off-campus Housing/Apartment - Off-campus housing is not encouraged for exchange students and UNC Kenan-Flagler cannot assist students in securing private, off-campus accommodation.

    UNC Housing Move-in Dates:

    • Fall 2019: August 14
    • Spring 2020: January 5-6

    More information about on-campus accommodation is available on Housing & Residential Education.

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  • Life in Chapel Hill

    Students at UNC Chapel Hill have access to a wide range of student clubs, athletic facilities, and extracurricular activities. Visit the Student Life section or search the Student Organizations website for more information.

    For more information about the town of Chapel Hill, check out the Visitors Bureau website.

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  • Cost of living

    The figures below should give you an approximate idea of how much it will cost to be a student at Chapel Hill. How much you spend will depend a great deal on you.

    Item Cost
    Room US $3,500
    Board US $2,500
    Books/Supplies US $750
    Travel (local) US $400
    Personal US $700
    Health Insurance US $1,312
    Visa US $360
    Exchange Application Fee US $100
    Total US $9,522
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  • Apply to study at UNC Kenan-Flagler


    • Nomination from a partner institution
      • Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
      • Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
      • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
      • Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
      • BBA ESSEC, Paris, France
      • ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
      • ICADE, Madrid, Spain
      • IE University, Madrid or Segovia, Spain
      • Korea University Business School, Seoul, South Korea
      • Manchester Business School, Manchester, United Kingdom
      • National University of Singapore, Singapore
      • Peking University, Beijing, China
      • Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile
      • Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, Netherlands
      • Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
      • University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
      • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
      • University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
      • University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany
    • GPA equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • English language proficiency

    If English is not your native language or the exclusive language of instruction at your home university, then you need to meet a required TOEFL score of 100 IBT, 7.5 IELTS, or 5 APIEL.

    You must complete and return all required documents electronically before your application is considered complete and eligible for the review process.

    • Online application form, including one page personal statement
    • .pdf upload of your official transcript and current course schedule
    • .pdf copy of your TOEFL Score Report, if English is not your native language or the language of instruction at your home university
    • Home College Reference Form (available within online application)
    • Visa Supporting Documents (more information will be provided upon your acceptance)
    • Application fee of US $100 (billed to UNC Student Account prior to semester starting)

    Application deadlines:

    Fall (August - December) Exchange - March 15

    Spring (January - May) Exchange - October 15

    After official nomination from your home university and eligibility, all relevant information needed to make your transition from applicant to an admitted student at UNC will be communicated to you.

    Apply now!


    Registration Cancellation:

    If you choose to cancel your registration after applying and being admitted as an exchange student to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, please review the cancellation policy here. In addition to notifying the University Registrar's Office, you must notify your UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School exchange advisor.« Prev

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