Study abroad USA: Application to the University of North Carolina Wilmington
How to apply for a study abroad term at UNCW:
The application process of UNCW begins online. The International Student Office in Darmstadt is the direct European office of UNCW and is happy to assist you completely free of charge during the entire application process. Your full UNCW application should be submitted no later than April 1st, if you would like to start in August, and October 1st if you would like to start in January. Late application are typically not a problem. However, to ensure a smooth process please get in touch with our team as soon as possible. If you are planning to complete a semester abroad at UNCW, please contact the International Office of your home university and find out more about internal deadlines and regulations at your home institution.
1. Before you will be able to complete the online application, please send the following information via e-mail to our European Office of UNCW:
- your name, e-mail address and phone number
- your field of study (Bachelor vs. Master)
- your date of birth
- your physical address to which we can send your visa documents in the following steps
Additionally, you can already prepare your supporting documents as scans:
Transcripts in English
(with original signature and stamp of your home university) – please also prepare a separate list of courses in progress if they are not included on the transcript
Passport Copy (valid for at least 6 months after your stay)
(TOEFL 71, IELTS 6.0, Pearson 54, Cambridge FCE/CAE, Duolingo English Test 95, DAAD Certificate or Reference Letter from your home university with minimum B2 level)
Proof of Financial Support*
2. Once you have submitted all the required information, you will receive a link and password for the UNCW application online portal where you can upload your documents.
The official application deadline for the winter semester is April 1st and for the summer semester October 1st each year. Subsequent applications must be approved by us in writing. Please also talk to your home institution before applying for UNCW.
3. DS-2019 Document and Visa Application
When applying for a visa for the United States, a personal appointment at a US consulate is required (in Germany either Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich). Please allow some time to be able to schedule an appointment in time. Detailed information on the visa application process for your study abroad at the University of North Carolina Wilmington can be found on the website of the German consulates.
4. Accommodation & Course Schedule
For you as international student, on-campus accommodation is guaranteed. You can apply to the housing department after you’ve applied to UNCW. Even before your semester begins at UNCW, your timetable will be fixed. Helping you finding classes will be taken care of by our colleagues in Wilmington – based on the list you submitted with your application.
5. Health insurance
If you bring your own European health insurance abroad and refuse UNCW’s insurance offer (a European insurance is often cheaper and more flexible), it is important in the next step, that you enter the included services of your European insurance in the appropriate place in the online system and get it checked by our American colleagues.
Any questions about your UNCW application?
Feel free to contact us via phone, e-mail or arrange a personal consultation – our service is free. We are happy to hear from you!
At UNCW you are welcomed with open arms and the students are very open and helpful.
Study abroad UNCW
* Financial Proof
All students who want to spend a semester or more in the US are required to hand in some form of financial proof. This refers to an official letter from your bank or a completed form signed by an authorized bank employee confirming the availability of a certain amount in your bank account. The basis for this is the sum of the cost of living and tuition fees estimated by the US institution during the respective study period in the US.
Amount needed to prooffor successful enrollment for study abroad at UNCW:
- For Exchange Students: Living Costs – $ 8,323 per semester
- For semester abroad students: living expenses and tuition – $ 19,252 per semester
Proof of financial proof through a “sponsor”:
If the funds are not under your name, a so-called “sponsor” can provide you with the financial proof. The sponsor and holder of the account needs to prove the funds by providing some confirmation from his bank. This way, the sponsor officially agrees to provide financial support to the applicant if necessary. You can find a financial proof template for the sponsor guarantee of your UNCW application here.