UNC offers over 300 study abroad programs spanning 70 countries, and for many of these programs, students are required to have a passport to travel. For this reason, UNC Global offers an annual passport drive through the FedEx Global Education Center.
This year’s drive will occur on Nov. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Global Education Center to grant students greater access to the necessary documentation for their global endeavors.
“One of UNC Global’s missions is to support Carolina faculty and students who want to engage in study and research abroad, so we started the passport drive to make it easier for members of the UNC community to get their passports,” said Melissa McMurray, the international liaison officer for UNC Global.
McMurray said the passport drive has been occurring for roughly 14 years, and this year, they have already received 4,000 applications. She said this number has increased dramatically since the advent of the drive.
“We had learned that the State Department was willing and able to come up to campuses to help with applications, so once we learned about that possibility we thought we should do one at Carolina, too,” McMurray said. “It grows every year. Every year we think we’ll finally catch up and it keeps growing.”