Study Abroad

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers many international study opportunities through individual faculty members, the Study Abroad Office at NC State, and other partners. For example, a recent student exchange opportunity has been developed with the University of Adelaide in Australia, allowing students to spend a semester in Australia taking agriculture, life science, and veterinary courses while paying NC State tuition and fees. A summer program for veterinary students interested in wildlife medicine is available at famous African game parks through Makerere University in Uganda. Many other opportunities are available around the world for students to study for a week, a summer, a semester, or an academic year. 

Develop your global knowledge and skills and immerse yourself in a different culture while taking courses or participating in important research. If you are interested in discussing a study abroad opportunity, please do the following (This is not a complete list of policies and procedures for studying abroad. All requirements can be found on the Study Abroad website):

  1. Visit the Study Abroad website. Explore, research programs, then visit then make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss possibilities that might suit your long-term plans.
  2. If you decide you'd like to study abroad, visit a study abroad adviser and attend a general advising session (required). Contact the Study Abroad Office (SAO) to make an appointment with a study abroad adviser to discuss the details of the program(s) you and your academic advisor have discussed.
  3. Once you have selected a study abroad program and host institution, collect course descriptions and syllabi (where available) for all courses you are considering taking. It's recommended you research and plan on at least double the courses you plan to take so that course availabilty and scheduling at your host institution does not pose a problem when creating a schedule. Use the Transfer Equivalency Database to determine if any courses you find interesting have already been evaluated for transfer credit.
  4. Take your course descriptions and the Study Abroad Course Pre-Approval form to your advisor. He or she should complete the top portion of the form only.  Once your academic advisor completes that portion of the form, take the paperwork to 111 Patterson Hall for GEP (bottom half of form) and college approval form to the CALS college approver, Robin Clements. You do not need to meet with the college approver for approval. If you have an academic minor and plan to take courses that will apply to that minor, please get minor course approval from your minor advisor prior to dropping off paperwork with the college approver. *Please note that this approval process can take anywhere from a few days to 3 weeks to complete. Plan ahead!*
  5. Once complete, take the approval form back to the SAO for final instruction prior to leaving for your trip.
  6. If at any point doing your trip, you decide to take courses not approved by your adviser and college, you should immediately contact your adviser and college approver for permission and transfer eligibility for said course(s).
  7. While studying abroad, please request that your host institution send an official transcript to the SAO at the end of the program.

**In order to receive transfer credits at NCSU, undergraduate students must receive the equivalent of a C- or better. Courses cannot be taken pass/fail.**