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Study North Carolina works collaboratively with its member colleges, universities, community colleges, Intensive English Programs, and other partners through special programs and global outreach to promote North Carolina internationally as the premier study destination for students, researchers, visiting professors, and other exchange visitors.  This page is designed to provide information to international students interested in studying in North Carolina.  Are you a higher education institution in NC that is interested in becoming a Study NC member?  Click here.

Save the Date for the StudyNC Conference!

Study North Carolina is excited to announce the return of our virtual conference! The conference will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 10 am - 3 pm EST. The purpose of the conference is to provide continued education in the field of international admissions and recruitment, demonstrate the connectivity of commerce and education, and provide opportunities to network with StudyNC, partners in commerce and education, EducationUSA, and institutions throughout the state. We welcome any entity who is interested in promoting education, the economic impact of HEIs, and the state of North Carolina abroad.


We invite session proposals at this time. Registration cost is $25 for nonmembers, but presenters will have their registration fee waived. Register for the StudyNC virtual conference today!


Study North Carolina Photo Contest
Congratulations to the winners of Study North Carolina's first photo contest!








Visit North Carolina in 2024!

Are you an EducationUSA Advisor, international high school counselor, or independent education consultant? Next summer, several of our StudyNC institutions will be showcasing their campuses for the first NC counselor fly-in tour! Following the International ACAC Conference in London, Ontario; we will be exploring the most North Carolina has to offer on the inaugural Mountains to Coast Tour. Mark your calendars and submit your interest to receive details about the upcoming tour!






















Why Study in North Carolina?
Over 20,000 international students chose North Carolina as their study destination last year!


  • North Carolina has it all!  Bordered on the east by over 300 miles of beautiful beaches and on the west by picturesque mountains, central North Carolina contains the cities of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, and the well-known Research Triangle Park - the largest research park in the U.S. and a premier global innovation center.

  • North Carolina is centrally located - it is a short trip via plane or car to New York City; Washington, DC; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami; and other popular East Coast destinations.

  • North Carolina has a low cost of living compared to the national average - You don't have to pay a lot of money to study in a great location!

  • North Carolina is home to educational excellence.  We have 52 colleges and universities, including three Tier 1 research universities, and the third largest community college system in the U.S.  North Carolina's education institutions award over 25,000 STEM degrees annually.

  • There is so much to do in North Carolina outside the classroom!  Relax on the beach, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, or root for your favorite North Carolina team at a college or professional football, basketball, or hockey game.  You can also see a musical or play at one of North Carolina's performing arts centers, dine on exquisite cuisine in one of North Carolina's cities, or visit museums or the Asheboro zoo.

  • Major industries in North Carolina include aerospace, automotive, food processing and manufacturing, information technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, business and financial services, furniture, outdoor recreation, and textiles.
    (Sources: The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and Visit North Carolina

Save the Date - SNC Mountains to Coast Tour
Photo Winner_School Spirit_Ebba Åhman_High Point University.jpg
Photo Winner_School or NC Landmark_Mohan Yelugoti_NC State University.jpeg

School or NC Landmark Category

School Spirit Category

Winner: Ebba Åhman, High Point University

Winner: Mohan Yelugoti, NC State University

Engineering Building III, Centennial Campus, NC State University

Member Institutions

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Intensive English Language Programs


Travel to North Carolina

North Carolina has 10 international and regional airports.  Most international flights will either fly directly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport or Charlotte-Douglas International or will connect to an airport through a major U.S. hub.  For more information on getting to your study destination, please work with your international advisor and visit   ​

North Carolina in Pictures

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Elizabeth City Waterfront Waterfront With American Flag
Bechtler Museum Statue Night
Linn Cove Viaduct Road and Mountain View
Mountain Golf Course Grove Park
Hang Glider at Jockeys Ridge State Park
American Tobacco Crowd at Music Concert
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