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Carolina Away

Exploring Carolina digitally

Launched in the fall semester by the College of Arts & Sciences, Carolina Away is a virtual program that allows first-year and transfer students to take remote courses and explore new opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill from anywhere in the world. Along the way, students can participate in small-group academic experiences with classmates, faculty and staff to make closer connections with fellow Tar Heels.

The program also offers a unique curriculum of one-credit courses open to all Carolina students — even those taking in-person classes — that allow students to get to know professors and learn about their work on contemporary issues in health, economic development and global affairs, as well as learn more about research opportunities, service-learning courses and internships.

  • 571Carolina Away students
  • 471first-year students
  • 100transfer students
  • 33countries represented in Carolina Away
  • 9courses designed specifically for the program's Opportunity Curriculum
  • 5Carolina Away Student Ambassadors curating social events

Carolina Away is really a program to optimize the digital learning experience for Carolina students. It is tailored to help students launch their college career, gain real progress on the path of study they want to take and to feel like they belong to this place.

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, academic director of Carolina Away

Not being at UNC doesn’t really impact whether I’m part of UNC or how I see myself as part of UNC, and I think that’s because I’m part of Carolina Away. … It just makes me more excited for next year.

Bhagyashree Behera, Carolina Away student

Providing a unique experience

Carolina Away is more than just remote classes. It's a way for Tar Heels to meet their classmates and begin building lifelong connections. Through its new Social Activity Hub, Carolina Away is creating opportunities for students to socialize outside of classes through virtual movie and trivia nights and basketball watch parties.

Meet some of Carolina Away's students to learn how the program has helped shape their first year at UNC-Chapel Hill — both academically and socially.

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  • Ashleigh Roberson sitting outside.

    Like most students who started their Tar Heel careers in the fall, Ashleigh Roberson’s first year at UNC-Chapel Hill hasn’t been the college experience she planned on when she applied to the University. But through Carolina Away, Roberson began to build connections and get her footing in her classes.

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Explore Carolina Away

  • A laptop with a graphic of a world map around it.

    Opening the door to global research

    Part of Carolina Away's Opportunity Curriculum, "Contemporary World Problems" introduces ways to conduct research on politics, economies, cultures and societies around the world by connecting students with current professors and researchers examining these topics at Carolina.

  • The Carolina union.

    Social activity hub

    The Carolina Away Social Activity Hub is a new web-based tool that curates upcoming events to help students connect and spend time with each other outside class.

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    Carolina Away expands its offerings for the spring

    After a successful fall, Carolina Away expanded its offerings this spring to include new courses, extending its reach beyond new students to the entire Carolina community.