3+X Programs

The 3+X Accelerated Masters Program is a cooperative program between Zhejiang University (ZJU), Donghua University (DHU), National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), and Jiangnan University (JNU) with NC State University. In the fall of their fourth year, select ZJU, DHU, NCTU, and JNU students attend NC State. The classes taken will count as completing their undergraduate degree at their home institution and most will also count as the first class credits in a master's degree program at NC State. In addition, students will earn a Certificate in US Culture and Education from NC State.

All 3+X students take the GTI 401 course which provides critical training in academic preparedness and cultural acuity. Highlights of the course include: plagiarism and western writing ethics, critical thinking skills applied to research and culture, effective grant proposal writing, how to work with a DGP (Director of Graduate Programs), using academic resources on campus, understanding cross-cultural relationships and dynamics, dealing with culture shock, engaging campus life, and American values and lifestyle (politics, ethnicity issues, religion, volunteerism, family, sports, and food).

For more information about the costs of attending NC State, click here to see the estimates from the Cashier's Office.

In addition to the costs listed on the Cashier's Office, there are two additional GTI fees: a $100 application fee that's paid at the time an application is submitted and a $400 administration fee that's billed to the student during their first semester at NC State. The US government also charges a visa fee and SEVIS fee.

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Application Process for Students

3+X Application Process

Important Dates

3+X Timeline and Dates

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These deadlines and important dates are subject to change. It is important to maintain constant contact with the Graduate School, your degree program, the GTI program and the Office of International Services for updates. Failure to meet these deadlines may result in a denial of admission to Graduate School or not receiving a graduate degree from NCSU.

First Year - Application
February 1 – Deadline to submit complete online Graduate School application and pay necessary fees ( with an intended term of entry for the Spring semester of next year.
*A complete graduate school application will include:

  • A personal statement
  • 3 academic recommendations (online is preferable)
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if already taken)
  • GRE scores (if already taken and required by program)
  • An application fee (payment by credit card is preferable).

February 28 – Deadline to submit complete GTI application (, email supporting documents to the, and pay necessary fees
March-April – Preliminary admissions decisions are due from graduate programs.
July 1 – Deadline to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam; if not already taken at the time of application, with an acceptable score.

First Year - Fall / GTI Semester
Mid-August – Arrive at NC State University for the Fall/GTI semester. Orientation will usually take place one week prior to the start of classes. English language requirements will be provided to those students with scores that are below the graduate school requirement on the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
October – Begin preparing financial documents to submit to the OIS for I-20 extension from GTI to the Master's program for the Spring semester. These financial documents must be submitted no later than December 1.
November 15 – Deadline to submit new TOEFL/IELTS and/or GRE exam scores AND official/original transcripts, if you uploaded your transcript(s) at the time of application.
December 1 – Deadline to submit new financial documents for I-20 extension to the Master's program.
December 10 – Deadline to receive confirmation from your home University that you have met the requirements to complete and receive your bachelor's degree.

Second Year
September 1 – Deadline to submit final transcripts with the official confirmation of bachelor's degree, if you are graduating in December. If you do not plan to graduate until May, you should still submit your degree confirmation at this time or no later than February 1 of next year.

Application Documents

After the following application materials are all received, reviewed, and approved, we will send you some important pre-arrival information, a visa certificate (I-20) and instructions for applying for an F-1 visa and other pre-arrival details.




Additional Notes

& emails documents to the GTI

Biographical page in passport
Bio page in passport examples
Proof of English ability

Below are a list of the minimum required test scores*. You only need to submit ONE test.

  • TOEFL - iBT: 68 total points
  • Previous Computer Version (CBT): 165
  • Previous Paper Version (PBT): 480
  • CET 6: 480
  • TSE: 45
  • TOEIC: 600 total and 320 on listening section
  • IELTS: 5
  • Michigan/MELAB: 65
  • EIKEN: Grade pre-1 or 1

*Note: Some NC State graduate departments require a TOEFL or IELTS score be submitted at the time of application. Others departments will allow you to use one of the other tests GTI accepts as a temporary test until you submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score in the Fall.

(see section about "Test scores" below)

Proof of financial support

Make sure you have enough money to cover the costs of tuition, books, and living expenses. Click here for more details on the costs of studying at NC State.

Students must also submit a bank statement* in English that:

  • Is an official statement from the bank (on bank letterhead, stamped by the bank, or a print out of an online statement)
  • States the amount of money currently in the bank account
  • Clearly states the name of the account holder

There are special instructions about funding when 3+X students switch from non-degree seeking students (NDS) in the fall semester to Master's degree students.

Click here for more information.

*A letter of support is needed if the bank statement is not in the applicant’s name, or if the student’s expenses are covered by a company, institution, or other sponsors.

The person (for example: Father or Mother) in whose name the bank statement is in should submit a scanned and signed letter stating the money in the bank account will be used to support the applicant while at NC State.

Examples of support letters:

Proof of health insurance

3+X students must purchase the student health insurance policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield per the mandate from the UNC Board of Governors. This insurance will automatically be added to your student account in August and you will pay for it with the rest of your student bills in MyPack Portal.

You can find FAQs, definitions of terms, a benefits summary, claim forms and instructions, and other important information at the Student Blue website at the Student Blue Information Page.

Students wishing to purchase the University sponsored plan, should go to the online enrollment form and set up their Insurance Account with Student Blue. You will be billed automatically on your Student Account.

Student uploads documents to the Graduate School's AY system

School transcripts

Applicants should submit their most recent official school transcript(s) in English or with English translations to the Graduate School.

Faculty Recommendations

Submit recommendation forms (at least 3) from the faculty at your home university to the Graduate School.

Personal Statement

Submit your personal statement/plan of study to the Graduate School.


Test scores

If you receive an email from the Graduate School asking for an official score at the time of your application, then your department requires the TOEFL or IELTS score at the time of application.

In this case, have ETS send the official score to NC State or upload a scanned copy of your test results to the AY system. If you upload the scanned copy now you will still need to submit an official TEOFL or IELTS score to the Graduate School in the Fall.

*The institutional code number for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report TOEFL scores to North Carolina State University is 5496.

There is no need to provide a departmental code on the request form. If one is required you can use code "99".)

Information for Accepted Students

Check out the orientation page for newly accepted 3+X students.

Visit the student resources section of the GTI website for new international students. The Office of International Services also has orientation information and other resources on their website.