International experience has become a cornerstone of a Carolina education with 44 percent of undergraduate students studying abroad. This is one of the highest percentages among all U.S. public universities.
The Study Abroad Office has academic programs in more than 70 countries. At least 32 programs include courses on issues of environmental, social, or economic sustainability. By sending students and faculty abroad, forming international partnerships, and bringing new thinking to campus, UNC helps North Carolinians gain a global perspective in our increasingly interconnected world. Sustainability-related study abroad opportunities range from Institute for the Environment field sites to programs coordinated through outside organizations.
The FedEx Global Education Center, with its green roofs, day-lit spaces, and local building materials, is a shining example of sustainability at Carolina. More than just a building, the center is home to programs that bring diverse global perspectives to the University. International Student and Scholar Services hosts approximately 2,500 international students, faculty, and academic staff at Carolina. The Curriculum in Global Studies offers an undergraduate major with 725 students. Nearly half these students pursue a second major, so introduce global themes into other disciplines.