The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) is a large, public, research-intensive institution located in one the fastest growing cities in the United States: Charlotte. It has state-of-the-art amenities for students, deep connections with dozens of major industry partners that have headquarters just miles from campus, world-class academic programming, and competitive Division I athletics. Educational offerings range from undergraduate to terminal degrees in more than 100 fields, and the University is well-known for its contributions to innovation in business, computer science, engineering, bioinformatics, architecture and many more. Being an urban university, UNC Charlotte has a hands-on approach to teaching with 90% of students taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities on campus and in the surrounding area. UNC Charlotte’s modern infrastructure and diverse student body reflect the institution’s vision of the future and the values that are embraced by faculty, staff, and executive administrators.
The student experience has always been at the forefront of UNC Charlotte’s approach to learning, which is why the residence-style campus has been meticulously designed to be self-contained. Over the past several years, new residence halls, admissions building, light rail, and the university recreation center have been added to the campus, and construction of the new science facility will be finished shortly. It bolsters the University’s already impressive commitment to providing students with the finest learning facilities. UNC Charlotte takes enormous pride in creating a small school feel, despite being one of the largest institutions of higher education in the state and the largest in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.
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UNC Charlotte is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is part of a metropolitan area that dominates the Central Carolinas region. Charlotte has grown rapidly over the past two decades and is currently the 15th largest city and 2nd largest financial center in the United States. UNC Charlotte’s campus is only 14 kilometers away from the city center. With two light rail stops directly on main campus, internships with industry leaders are easily accessible. Currently, there are more than 200 “Fortune 500” companies located in the city. As a testament to that impressive figure, Forbes has ranked Charlotte as the 7th best place to conduct business and have a career in the United States.
Charlotte also has numerous options for recreation that include cultural celebrations throughout the year, restaurants with international cuisine, sporting events for Charlotte’s many professional athletic teams including the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets, racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, concerts from world-famous performers, and Broadway productions at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Students are also encouraged to spend a day in the life of a race car driver and their crew at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, learn how ride the rapids from national experts at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and take an adrenalin-filled trip to Carowinds, which is one of the most expansive amusement parks in the southeastern United States.
If you like skiing and snowboarding, you’re also in luck! Ski resorts located in North Carolina’s pristine Blue Ridge Mountains are just a two-hour drive from campus. If you prefer the beach, Charlotte is close to countless options! In just three hours, you can find yourself strolling along sandy beaches, snacking on sweet confections along the boardwalks, and splashing in crystal blue waters. If you’re thinking to yourself that Charlotte has it all, you’re right!
UNC Charlotte is home to more than 400 student clubs and organizations, from which about 100 have multicultural and international focus. You can become a part of an honors society, student government, or Greek life, and participate in nearly any other activity that you can think of! The University has ample resources to engage students outside of their standard course of study.
The newly-built University Recreation Center just opened its doors in 2020 and features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, several floors of fitness equipment for strength training and conditioning, tennis courts, a yoga area, and even a cooking space!
In UNC Charlotte’s expansive library, you can access literature on any topic, view exhibits that contain artifacts from all over the world ranging from the bronze age to modernity, play the latest video games, or use 3-D printers and laser cutters for academic and personal purposes.
Students will also have an opportunity to cheer on the UNC Charlotte “49ers” Division I athletic teams against their Conference USA foes and national rivals!
Lastly, we encourage all students to take advantage of visiting one of more than 70 countries we partner with for study abroad and global learning opportunities!
Overall, UNC Charlotte is its own small self-sufficient community, where you can always find someone who shares the same interests with you. If you’re looking for an unforgettable University experience, look no further.
UNC Charlotte’s students come from 105 different countries. With this incredible network of diversity driving student achievement, the University promotes culturally-inclusive and safe environments on campus. Transitioning to full-time studies at UNC Charlotte begins with the Office of Admissions, where all counselors are trained to advise international students. Once accepted, our International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) will hold an international orientation upon arrival to campus and assist with cross-cultural and immigration issues throughout a student’s studies. We’ll be right there with you, every step of the way.
Our English Language Training Institute (ELTI) holds fun and interactive classes for students, who need to strengthen their English language skills prior to beginning their degree program. Other offices include the Writing Resource Center (WRC) to improve English writing skills, the Counseling Center to support students who are homesick or experience “culture shock”, and the Career Center, which facilitates pathways to employment and occupation exploration.
There are many international student clubs at UNC Charlotte, too. You can connect with students from your home country and participate in the annual International Festival on campus that features food, games, cultural attire, and exhilarating performances. This festival attracts tens of thousands of local residents each year! International students who plan to live on campus can stay in the Witherspoon International House where they can share their culture with other international and local students in a fun, inclusive, non-academic environment.
Overall, students at UNC Charlotte have the unique opportunity to study on a campus rich with resources and diverse cultures from the minute they arrive, to graduation and beyond.
In light of current issues associated with COVID-19, UNC Charlotte has implemented several measures to support international students throughout the application process to the University: