BW Student Application Information

Incoming BW/NC Application Deadline

Fall, Spring, and Full Year Due: March 1st

Deadline for Submission of Application: Return the completed application to your home university International Office by their internal deadline, which is usually several weeks before the deadline posted on the BW/NC website.

Please note: Our office must receive the application from your home university International Advisor. We cannot accept application documents directly from students.

US Academic Calendar Dates

Fall: mid-August to December

Spring: January to early May

Contents of a Complete BW/NC Incoming International Student Application

Please submit your materials in the following order:

1. Application form

2. Applicant Nomination

    • This form is to be completed by you (the student) and your home university International Advisor

3. Study Plan Form (for each institution you have listed)

    • Please note: Before completing these study plan forms make sure to research all of the UNC System campuses that you find interesting. Discuss your proposed academic program for each institution you have listed with your professors and academic advisors.

    • We suggest that you list more courses than you intend to take so there is flexibility in your final program.

4. Academic Reference Forms (We recommend two academic instructors.)

    • Complete the first section of each Academic Reference form. Your instructors should follow the instructions on the form and return the form directly to your home campus’ International Office.

5. Official Language Proficiency Test Scores

    • Please see our website under the International Coordinators section for required minimal English proficiency scores for each UNC System campus.

6. Statement of Purpose in English

    • Prepare a short essay (about 300 words) introducing yourself and presenting your reasons for wanting to participate in our exchange program. Use this essay to tell us about your strengths and special interests that may not be evident in your other materials submitted. Do not include specific references to or justifications for wanting to study at a particular university. Creativity is encouraged.

7. Photocopy of the credentials page of your passport (or National ID if passport not yet obtained)

8. Academic records of all the courses that you have taken at the university level (including previous higher education institutions)

Please email application to:


Acceptance: Acceptance information will be sent to you (the student) directly from your UNC host campus. News of acceptance will not come from BW/NC; it will come directly from the host university campus where you will be studying. Please follow all instructions from your host university campus once you have received confirmation of acceptance.

Orientation: Orientation sessions for incoming international exchange students will be coordinated by your host campus. Each campus holds its own orientation and details may vary by campus. Please check with your host university for details once you have received confirmation of your acceptance.