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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.

  • First-Year Program Length: 2 semesters
  • Program Curriculum: Flexible 
  • Credits Earned Toward Degrees: 24-30+

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

  •  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 iTEP: 4.5+

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 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021    
Application Deadline July 13, 2020 December 9, 2020 April 30, 2021 July 16, 2021
Payment Deadline July 29, 2020 December 24, 2020 May 13, 2021 July 29, 2021
Move-in Date August 12, 2020 January 5, 2021 May 25, 2021 August 11, 2021
Program Start Date August 13, 2020 January 6, 2021 May 26, 2021 August 12, 2021

All dates may be subject to change.


Estimated Costs

Subject  Cost 
Tuition* $33,523
Fees** $1,635
Health Insurance*** $2,000
Total $37,158

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

**Standard fees include visa processing, airport pick-up, tutoring as needed, signature student experiences, academic counseling and support, etc. 

***This Health insurance is offered for IAP students only and is not the same as that offered by the University. Students will have access to the university health center.

College-specific fees are assessed each semester and vary by major.

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