Direct Admission via International Direct

Students who qualify for full degree-seeking status are able to take advantage of the benefits of the International Direct process, designed to help international students adjust and adapt to find greater success. Through the international direct process, students receive cultural, professional and linguistic support during their first year on campus. We will help you choose and get into the right classes for your major.

Direct Admission students also have access to a dedicated career advisor who will provide classes, workshops and counseling to help prepare you for internships and eventual career success. We give you the tools to navigate the university and to avoid many of the pitfalls that new international students often fall into.

As a Direct Admission student via International Direct you'll:

  • Enjoy special cultural programmings, get to know the region and meet Americans in fun settings.
  • Have priority access to a selection of courses hand-picked by your academic advisor that are tailored to your interests and career goals.
  • Find success with mentors that help ensure you have access to the resources you need to get the most out of your education and experience in the US.
  • Expand your network through career preparation that deepens your connection to the university, your fellow student and potential employers.
  • Benefit from integrated courses with domestic students.

Program Details

First-Year Program Length Program
Credits Earned
Toward Degrees
Progression Requirements Progression
N/A, students enrolled directly in degree program Planned – almost all courses include domestic students 24-30+ N/A, already enrolled Year 2 of degree

Entry Requirements

 GPA Requirement  Minimum TOEFL®  Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
 3.0 77 – no subscore below 18 6.5 – no subscore below 6.0 69 – no subscore below 54

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Sample Coursework

 Semester 1  Semester 2

International Student in the University

Carolina Core: Lab science course

Carolina Core: Math course

Carolina Core:  Global Citizenship and
Multicultural Understanding (choose from three courses)

Carolina Core:  English 101 Academic track course

International Student in the University

Carolina Core: History course

Carolina Core: Math course

Carolina Core: Art course

Carolina Core: English 102 Academic track course


Total credits: 24-30+

Students only take 12-13 credit-hours during the summer semester. The courses are selected based on the importance for their major and the availability of instructors. This is a sample curriculum and may be subject to change. Math course level determined through a placement test taken prearrival.

Important Dates

Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Payment Deadline  May 9, 2018 August 3, 2018
Move-in Date May 29, 2018 August 15, 2018
Program Start Date May 30, 2018 August 16, 2018

All dates may be subject to change.


Entering Summer 2018 Entering Fall 2018 Entering Spring 2019
Tuition and Fees $33,880 $33,880 TBA
Housing  $7,955 – $9,693 $7,372 – $10,483 TBA
Dining  N/A $1,788 – $1,980 TBA
Health Insurance  $2,000 $2,000 TBA
Total  $43,835 – $45,573 $45,040 – $48,343 TBA

†Students in the Integrated Accelerator are required to pay college-specific fees that are assessed and vary by major  ($200  $1,800). These fees are not reflected in the estimate.

* Tuition is set by the University Board of Trustees each year and is subject to change. Tuition quoted represents 201617 pricing.

**Global Carolina fees include I-20 processing, airport pickup, tutoring as needed, signature student experiences, academic counseling and support, etc.

*** The health insurance provided is offered for Undergraduate Accelerator students only and is not the same as that offered by the university. Students will have access to the university health center.


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