For admission purposes, the UNC Charlotte Graduate School defines "international applicants" as those individuals who are not US-citizens and who hold, or who intend to hold, a temporary visa/status at the time of submitting the application for admission and/or during at least the first semester of studies at UNC Charlotte. This includes students who hold or who intend to hold F-1, J-1, H-1, H-4, etcetera visa/status, as well as those awaiting adjudication of their Permanent Resident status (i.e. pending Permanent Residents).
The ability to communicate effectively is critically important to a student's academic success as well as to safety in laboratories and other academic or research environments. International applicants are therefore required to submit proof of English language proficiency by submitting official test score results from the TOEFL or IELTS. For details on the English language proficiency requirement, see that section of the website.
International students admitted to a graduate program at UNC Charlotte and who hold, or who intend to hold, F-1 or J-1 visa/status during their studies, must submit confirmation of intended enrollment before Form I-20 (for F-1 visa/status) or DS-2019 (for J-1 visa/status) can be issued by the International Student Scholar Office (ISSO).
The Enrollment Form is ApplyYourself is made available to admitted students when applicants are granted admission, and students who intend to enroll must complete sections of the form related to financial certification, information regarding dependents in the event a spouse and/or children will accompany the student; preferences for receiving the Form I-20/DS 2019; SEVIS transfer, if applicable, etcetera. For more information, see the International Financial Certification on the website. Details on the tuition, fees and related costs of study are available on the website as well.
The Graduate School is a designation institution for Fulbright Foreign Students, and four Fulbright Students will be enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year. For additional information, please contact Johnna Watson. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for graduate study who often plan to return home to take leadership positions.
The Graduate School enrolls students from more than 80 countries, and many students learn about UNC Charlotte through the Graduate School's or the colleges' international collaboration programs, or their respective country's Education Ministries, educational foundations, etcetera. The University also maintains formal linkages with many institutions around the globe.