Charlotte hosts students from around the globe, over 83 countries. We strive to build a diverse and inquiring community of scholars. International students planning to attend on a F-1 visa should plan to apply for fall admission.
Admissions for International Students
Success at UNC Charlotte depends upon the student’s ability to converse in, write, and understand (American) English. To assure such competence, the university requires any applicant whose native language is not English to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. To be considered official, the scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to UNC Charlotte. Scores older than two years will not be accepted. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s Admission website. The school code for the TOEFL and IELTS is 5105. A department code is not necessary.
The I-20 form is required for students accepted into a graduate program at UNC Charlotte and planning to hold, F-1 or J-1 visa/status during their studies. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s Admission website.
ELTI provides intensive English instruction for international students planning to attend U.S. universities or for anyone wanting to improve general English skills.
The ELTI curriculum contains integrated skill instruction and practice, with seven full-time proficiency levels (six proficiency levels beginning fall 2016). While the purpose of all levels is to prepare students to succeed in university study, lower levels focus on English for adaptation to U.S. culture; upper levels strengthen academic English for those students who will enter a U.S. university. Advanced students receive instruction in TOEFL preparation, professional, and academic research skills, and public speaking skills.
Support for International Students
The mission of the International Student/Scholar Office is to provide information, services and programs that help international students and visiting scholars achieve their individual educational and personal goals and that foster an appreciation for a culturally diverse learning environment in the larger University community.