International Students

NC State University is a community shaped by viewpoints, ideas, and knowledge from around our world. And we believe it’s this international diversity that makes us strong.

When you come to NC State as an international student, you won’t just learn from a diverse faculty, you’ll have the support of the Office of International Services (OIS). The OIS provides international students with the information, resources, and assistance you need to succeed as you begin your academic career at NC State. Whether you have questions concerning immigration regulations, university policies, or employment or travel questions, OIS advisors are available to discuss your individual questions and concerns. Orientation programs designed specifically for international students are an excellent resource for important information necessary for adjustment to life in the United States and at NC State.

If living and spending time with students from other countries with backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints different than yours is important to you, you'll want to explore the many living options available through University Housing.

The Global Training Initiative (GTI) offers an additional layer of support to the cross-cultural experience. Offered to first-year international students, the GTI course, How to Succeed at an American University, is designed to help international students thrive at an American university. Two full-time, certificate study programs are also available to international students who wish to study at NC State. The two certificates offered:

  • An academic option: U.S. Culture and Higher Education that focuses on coursework in a given field of study. Students may take additional courses in most fields of study at NC State (there are 110 fields offered);
  • An internship/research option: U.S. Culture and Cooperative Education  that focuses on half-time coursework and research or an internship. Participants are allowed the same access to their field of study as academic option students, but take fewer classes and do either a paid or unpaid internship with a North Carolina business or research with an NC State faculty.

Resources and support

One of the best ways to become acclimated is to get involved. Numerous organizations, programs, and events are available for you to meet other students, practice English, learn leadership skills, volunteer on campus and in the community, and to join student clubs and organizations. Visit the Country Contacts Information and Directory if you’d like to connect with current NC State students from your own country.