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International Accelerator Program

International Direct

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.

International Direct

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: Flexible 
  • Credits Earned Toward Degrees: 24-30+
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 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Application Deadline December 3, 2018 April 22, 2019
Payment Deadline December 26, 2018 May 14, 2019
Move-in Date January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Program Start Date January 9, 2019 May 29, 2019

All dates may be subject to change.



Fee Entering Spring 2019 Entering Summer 2019
Tuition  $32,921 $33,400
Fees $1,670 $1,670
Housing $7,525 - $12,112 $7,525 - $12,112
Dining $3,684 - $4,078 N/A
Health Insurance $2,000 $2,000
Total $47,800 - $52,781 $44,800 - $49,222

Note: Fees include technology fee, lab fees, immigration fees, application, orientation and testing fees; cultural and academic support

Department-specific fees are charged for Direct Admission students who are enrolled in many majors and vary from $200 to $1500 per semester.

Pre-sessional tuition is charged for each semester enrolled and includes all fees; insurance, housing and dining listed are full year prices.

Housing: Shared housing is not available in the summer semester. Price quoted includes a move to a single room for the summer

Dining: No dining plan is available for summer semester; amount listed covers only fall or spring semesters.