A global mindset

Becoming a global University

Carolina is working to become a leading global university that prepares students for life in an interconnected world, helps North Carolina and the nation succeed in a global economy, and addresses pressing international problems through teaching and collaborative research among UNC-Chapel Hill faculty experts and students, and their partners around the world.

  • 35%of undergraduates study abroad
  • 17thamong U.S. institutions for number of students earning credits for study abroad
  • 49Rhodes Scholars for study at Oxford University in England
  • 39Luce Scholars for internships in Asia
  • 33rdin the world in the 2017 Academic Rankings of world universities
  • 270+Fullbright Student Program awards for international research, study or teaching


UNC-Chapel Hill has partnerships with more than 325 institutions around the world, making it possible to train physicians to provide clinical care in Malawi, enable researchers to address challenges facing an archipelago and open doors for students to study history and business in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom and China.

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Global engagement in action

  • Making an impact as a global university

    Chancellor Carol L. Folt traveled almost 8,000 miles to Zambia, Malawi and Kenya to meet with Carolina’s faculty, researchers and alumni to see how Tar Heels are changing the world.

  • Celebrating a historic partnership

    Studying abroad once was considered an extravagance few could afford. Students today see global engagement as a fundamental part of their education, and many at Carolina have at least one study abroad experience on their transcript.

  • The Evolution of a Research Center

    More than 225 students and scientists have received educational training and advanced their research at the Galapágos Science Center — a collaborative partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

  • Deepening scholarly and research collaborations

    Faculty connections and research collaborations have developed in disciplines across the University, including biology, environmental sciences, German, humanities, journalism, law, malaria and infectious diseases, pharmacology and philosophy.

  • Faculty exchange connects communities across the Atlantic

    The UNC-King's College Strategic Alliance is one of the most ambitious partnerships between U.S. and U.K. universities, and includes longstanding and emerging joint activities.