Study Abroad

Undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have several options for pursuing study abroad. The UNC Study Abroad website contains information on a variety of programs and funding options available to UNC students. Below, you can also find details on the following programs of note:

King's College London - Carolina Exchange Program

Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Program for Sophomores and Juniors

Phillips Ambassador Fellowships

Joint Degree from Singapore University

King's College London - Carolina Exchange Program

In 2005, Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, signed an agreement with officials at King's College London (KCL) that expanded the KCL-Carolina undergraduate exchange program to include graduate students and faculty. Undergraduates have studied at King's College since 2002; the two universities began a formal exchange program for undergraduates in 2004. Dr. Gray-Little noted: "The exchange with Kings College will vastly expand the faculty, course offerings and research opportunities available for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty at both King's College and Carolina."

The KCL-Carolina Exchange Program provides the following opportunities for UNC students:

Undergraduate Students:

    •    Enroll and study fulltime for a semester or a year as KCL students at KCL, one of the most distinguished research and teaching institutions in the world, known for outstanding academic programs in the humanities and social sciences.

    •    Immerse themselves in an educational system that presents unique opportunities for educational growth, with emphasis on student independence, maturity, and discipline.

    •    Access faculty, classes, and library facilities on the central London campus, as well as the British Library.

    •    Live and study in one of the most vibrant cities, and dynamic, diverse cultural centers in the world.

Graduate Students:

    •    Benefit from all of the above. AND

    •    Conduct independent research for a semester, year, and/or summer in outstanding libraries, archives, and museums, such as the British Museum, British Library, Wellcome Institute, Warburg Institute, Courtauld Institute, etc., that will develop skills in research and scholarship, and lead to a richer, and more meaningful dissertation, and lead to a lifetime of more profound, meaningful scholarship and teaching.

    •    Access important scholars, archives, and materials not available in the US, all of which can provide new and unique perspectives and contributions to the dissertation project and future scholarship.

    •    Expand their participation in a global community of scholars through encounters with scholars from all over the world while conducting research, consulting faculty members at KCL and elsewhere, and attending or participating in conferences and workshops.

    •    Develop an international peer group of scholars with whom they will communicate and collaborate for the rest of their lives.

Carolina Faculty:

    •    Collaborate with outstanding faculty at KCL in teaching, research, workshops, conferences, and symposia.

    •    Co-sponsor conferences, offer team-taught courses, and participate in dissertation committees at KCL (and vice versa for KCL faculty).

    •    Participate in faculty exchanges for a semester or academic year.

    •    Conduct research for a week, summer, semester, or academic year in libraries, archives, and museums that provide access to material not available in the US, and consult with scholars outside the US, thus developing and enhancing their scholarship.

    •    Develop degree programs with KCL faculty that provide students and faculty with innovative educational opportunities greater than the sum of their parts.

    •    Participate in an international academic community that widens and enhances their frame of reference for academic scholarship, teaching, and service.

    •    Benefit from KCL's global strategic partnerships with other institutions, such as National University of Singapore and Keio University in Tokyo.

The Comparative Literature Program, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, have assumed a leadership role in the planning and implementation of this exchange program. Plans are underway for the expansion of this program on every level, including an increase in the number of exchange students, the frequency of exchange visits by KCL and Carolina faculty members, and regular collaboration in the design and sponsorship of scholarly conferences and workshops.

In December 2006, Drs. Marsha S. Collins (Director, Comparative Literature Program) and Jessica L. Wolfe (Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature) traveled to KCL to continue strategic planning for the expansion of the exchange program in English and Comparative Literature. Dr. Wolfe delivered the paper "Homer and the Art of the Insult in the Renaissance" at the KCL Comparative Literature Graduate Seminar, a groundbreaking event in the ongoing exchange of ideas between KCL and Carolina faculty and students. That exchange of ideas continues in Spring 2007, when Dr. Michael Silk, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at KCL, travels to the Carolina campus to present the lectures "The Invention of Greek: Poets, Macedonians and Others" (March 2) and "Hughes, Plath, and Aeschylus: Allusion and Poetic Language" (March 5).

Dr. James Thompson, Chair of Carolina's Department of English and Comparative Literature, will travel to KCL in April, 2007 to continue development of the exchange program. Dr. Matthew Bell, Chair of KCL's Department of Comparative Literature, will pay a reciprocal visit to Carolina in Spring 2008. KCL faculty members will participate in the Conference on Life-Writing to take place at Carolina's Institute for the Art and Humanities in September 2007. A jointly sponsored KCL-Carolina Conference on a comparative, multidisciplinary topic is in the initial planning stages for 2008.

Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Program for Sophomores and Juniors

The UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Class of 1938 annually awards summer study abroad fellowships to U.S. students interested in pursuing independent career or personal projects outside the United States. This is a unique scholarship program because it provides financial assistance to students who could not perform independent projects abroad without the support of the Class of 1938 funding. 

Fellowships of $4000 each are awarded. The number and amount of the fellowships are subject to approval by the 1938 Endowment Committee board members.


Currently enrolled UNC-Chapel Hill sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Seniors who will be taking a fifth year of coursework are also eligible to apply. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Permanent Residents are not eligible. All applicants must be enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the Fall or Spring semester. All applicants are requested to meet with the Endowment Committee at the annual meeting in the Spring, held at UNC-Chapel Hill to give a brief verbal report of the previous summer's activities.

Terms of Award

    •    The fellowship amount is awarded prior to the end of the spring semester

    •    Applicants must be available in person at UNC-Chapel Hill for interviews usually held in March before the summer abroad.

    •    The recipients will be expected to use the award during the summer following their application for the purpose described in their project proposal.

Application Deadline:


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Selection Process 

International Student and Scholar Services coordinates a screening committee that selects the finalists who interview with the Class of 1938 Selection Committee. The best candidates are those who indicate their interest in an independent study project that is tied to their personal and/or career aspirations and have financial need of scholarship funding to pursue this project. Motivation for study abroad as a learning experience and excitement about the project are also significant factors. Strong consideration will be given to candidates whose university records demonstrate their seriousness of academic purpose and to students who lack the sufficient funds to pursue the project. A project should be well thought out and researched as much as possible for feasibility and cost factors.

Phillips Ambassador Fellowships

A prestigious new program at Carolina, combining a financial award and an academic program centered around a study abroad experience in Asia, the Phillips Ambassador Program offers an innovative approach to study abroad and a unique opportunity for students to learn about a vital region of the world.

For motivated undergraduates who want to be prepared for the global realities of the 21st century, the Phillips Ambassador Program invites you to join this exiting opportunity.

As a Phillips Ambassador, you have the opportunity to select a summer or semester term of study from among more than 40 academic programs in Asia, over ten each in China and India alone.


Phillips Ambassadors will:

    •    successfully complete an eligible study abroad program in Asia;

    •    receive a financial scholarship of up to $5000 to go towards the costs of the study abroad program;

    •    complete the Phillips Academic Program, which will consist of activities before, during and after their study abroad experience to help the Ambassadors understand their experience in a global context and to be able to share their experience with others. The combination of these parts lets students get the most out of their study abroad experience and prepare them for their future professional goals.

Phillips Ambassadors will demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and a wide range of out-of- class interests, activities, and leadership roles. Strong self motivation and personal ambition are required. To place their study abroad experience in the greater context of the importance and need to understand Asia in an increasingly global society and then to share that knowledge with the Carolina community is essential. A clear understanding and enunciation of how their study abroad experience will fit into their long term professional goals is appropriate.

UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are accepted to an eligible summer or semester study abroad program in Asia (see qualifying program link for complete list) can become Phillips Ambassadors. Twenty five percent (25%) of the scholarships will be awarded to qualified business majors and minors. Students applying to broad-based academic programs in China and India which incorporate field research, experiential learning and/or internship components will be given preference. Preference will also be given to students who have not previously participated on a university study abroad program in Asia. Up to 50 awards will be given each year.

Application Procedure

Applying for the Phillips Ambassadors Program couldn't be any easier. Simply select the program from the list of qualifying programs and click on the link that will take you that program's brochure page on the UNC Study Abroad website. There you will find an "Apply" button.

Clicking on this button will take you to your own Application Instruction and Status Page for that program, where you will find all of the materials you need to complete the application process. Among these items is the scholarship application for the Phillips Ambassador Program. Complete this scholarship application and submit it along with the rest of your application materials by the application deadline for the term for which you are applying.

Selected applicants will be interviewed.

It's all smooth sailing after that!

Joint Degree from Singapore University

Be a part of this innovative new program in cooperation with one of the world's leading universities. Pursue a joint UNC-NUS undergraduate degree in History, Political Science, English Literature, Geography, or Economics.

The joint program is believed to be a first at the undergraduate level outside of a professional school setting among UNC's U.S. peer campuses. Students will apply for the program after being admitted to either university. Eligible UNC undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences can take two to four semesters of classes at NUS and earn diplomas from both universities. NUS students can study in Chapel Hill and also receive a degree from both campuses.

NUS, which enrolls more than 23,000 undergraduates and has about 1,900 faculty, was ranked among Asia's top three universities and 19th worldwide by The Times, a London newspaper.

More information to come!!

Program dates are generally as follows:

Year Long - Early September to Early May