Skip to Content

International Accelerator Program

Direct Admission

The academic experience is about more than making the grades. Prepare for a successful future by focusing on cultural and professional enrichment, as well as academic achievement.

Direct Admission International Student

Students who qualify for full degree-seeking status are able to take advantage of the International Direct process. Designed to help international students adjust and adapt to find greater success, the international direct process offers cultural, professional and linguistic support during your first year on campus. We will help you select and enroll in 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 experience and avoid many of the pitfalls that new international students often fall into.

Program Details
  • First-Year Program Length: 2 semesters
  • Program Curriculum: Planned – almost all courses include domestic students
  • Credits Earned Toward Degrees: 24-20+
  • Progression Requirements: Standard progression
  • Progression Into: Year 2 of degree
Sample Coursework

Semester 1

The 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

Semester 2

The International Student in the University II
Carolina Core: History course
Carolina Core: Math course
Carolina Core: Art course
Carolina Core: English 102 Academic track course

Entry Requirements
  •  GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • One of these scores:
    • Minimum TOEFL®: 77 – no subscore below 18
    • Minimum IELTS™: 6.5 – no subscore below 6.0
    • Minimum Pearson Versant™: 69 – no subscore below 54

Don’t meet these requirements? The Academic Accelerator Program or Extended Accelerator Program might be a better fit for you.

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


Important Dates

Event 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.



Fee 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.