International students will be allowed to directly enroll at UNC for the first time this fall, as part of an effort to increase the global presence on a campus lagging behind its peers in that respect.
The new Global Visiting Students program will give 20 international students the opportunity to attend UNC for one or two semesters for credit.
The direct enrollment is different from a traditional foreign exchange program, in which the number of students UNC sends must be equal to the number it receives.
PEERS’ GLOBAL STATUS
Percentage of international undergraduate students at Duke University
Percentage at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Percentage at UNC-Chapel Hill
Katie Bowler, UNC’s director of global relations, said the program only caters to international students.
“This program is about incoming students and international students outside of an exchange program that may not be pursuing four years of study in the U.S., but would like to study here short term,” she said.