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Study Abroad Programs

127 McIver Street


Lynette K. Lawrance, Associate Provost for International Programs

Committee Members

Carl T. Lambeth, Chair, Study Abroad Committee, Department of Interior Architechture

Kathleen Ahern, Department of German, Russian, & Japanese Studies

Lydia Arledge, Bryan School of Business & Economics

Margo Bender, Department of Romance Languages

Roberto Campo, Department of Romance Languages

Jeff W. Jones, Department of History

Dennis Leyden, Department of Economics

Elizabeth W. Lindsey, Department of Social Work

Elizabeth J. Natalle, Department of Communication

Jonathan Tudge, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center, ex officio

Stephen Flynn, International Programs Center, ex officio

A UNCG student in good standing may spend a summer, semester or academic year abroad in several ways.

Academic Year and Semester Abroad Programs

  • UNCG Exchange Programs. Through various exchange agreements, a UNCG student may swap places with a student in another country. Under these arrangements, students study abroad for approximately the cost of being in residence at UNCG. Opportunities for such exchange are currently available in Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
  • The University of North Carolina Exchange Programs (UNC-EP). Through this UNC program (headquartered at UNCG), UNCG is able to place students in any of 35 countries overseas. These programs are available through either UNC-EP negotiated exchange agreements or through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a Washington-based exchange organization. The cost of such study is about the same as being in residence at UNCG.
  • Semester Abroad Programs. Periodically, the Department of Romance Languages offers programs in Spain. UNCG faculty lead these groups and directly award academic credit. Although not student exchange programs, these study abroad options are nonetheless less costly than study abroad opportunities offered through other colleges’ programs.
  • Non-UNCG Programs. A UNCG student may spend a summer, semester, or year abroad under the auspices of a group or institution approved by the UNCG Study Abroad Committee. While generally more costly than ISEP or the UNCG programs, this option may be of interest to students seeking particular experiences not otherwise available.

Summer Abroad Programs

UNCG professors regularly lead student groups overseas. Over the past few years, groups have gone to such countries as Costa Rica, France, Greece, Spain, and the United Kingdom. These programs generally involve five or six weeks of supervised travel and study, followed by an additional three weeks of independent travel.

The UNCG Study Abroad Committee and the International Programs Center

All study abroad activities are carefully supervised by the UNCG Study Abroad Committee, which is comprised of faculty members and administrators with considerable experience in international education. The Committee is constantly working to expand study abroad options for UNCG students, and to make them available at reasonable cost. The Committee may recommend to the student’s department that up to 30 semester hours of credit be earned for one year’s study overseas.

The International Programs Center, in addition to handling most other administrative matters affecting study abroad, publicizes the various programs and advises prospective participants. Those interested in study abroad are advised as a first step to contact the IPC, 127 McIver Street, 336/334-5404, or visit its Web site at