International Programs

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A presence around the world

NC State is committed to creating leaders who excel in today’s international marketplace — and our rapidly growing global presence proves it. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides leadership, innovation and coordination to achieve NC State's goal of integrating global perspectives into all aspects of the University's mission — teaching, research, extension, and engagement — and to strengthen NC State's international presence in the world.   

NC State is a recognized leader in international programs, winning the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. NC State offers students numerous opportunities to study abroad with summer, semester and yearlong programs available in countries as diverse as China, Ghana, Botswana, Japan, Uruguay and just about anyplace in between. We also support several international centers and offer distance learning options for students in remote locations.

Within the campus community, our Office of International Services sponsors numerous programs to foster cross-cultural exchange and aids foreign students in making the transition to being US-based scholars.

Through agreements with universities in China and Costa Rica, as well as the Prague Institute in the Czech Republic, NC State has a strong presence overseas. Learn more about our international connections abroad through the DICE database.

A Priority for Every College

Each of our 10 academic colleges supports international programming which ranges from faculty and student exchanges to formal, academic joint partnerships. Nearly every NC State curriculum includes courses that impart a global perspective.

Another key contributor to our global presence is the School of Public and International Affairs, which serves more than 1,000 students and pools the resources of various NC State departments to improve leadership in public and international affairs. Our Master of International Studies program is particularly prized as a source of leaders for organizations around the world. Also available is the Masters in International Forestry and Environmental Resources which combines a masters program with a two-year volunteer Peace Corps experience.

Each college has its own international programs, including course-specific study-abroad opportunities.