International Programs at NC State
North Carolina State University is committed to international programs and partnerships that will benefit students, faculty and the citizens of North Carolina. Our global business and education initiatives are aimed at developing students and entrepreneurs who will be able to excel in the challenging international marketplace.
- In 2005-06 a total of 667 NC State students participated in study abroad opportunities in approximately 40 countries, in programs ranging in length from one week to an entire year. The Study Abroad Office helps students connect with programs best suited to their major course of study, whether the program is sponsored by NC State or by another university.
- Currently there are 2,613 international students attending NC State, representing 157 countries.
- The Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides leadership, innovation, and coordination to universitywide international programs. It oversees the Office of International Services(OIS) and the Study Abroad Office. As part of its mandate to strengthen NC State's international presence, OIA collaborates with college deans and their international coordinators in developing and implementing their own international programming. The OIA currently has approximately 145 active Memorandums of Understanding with institutions in 60 countries.
- NC State’s 10 colleges offer international programming that ranges in complexity from simple faculty and student exchanges to more expansive initiatives such as the College of Design’s Prague Institute, a permanent home for NC State in the Czech Republic that serves as a home base for the exploration of educational, research and professional opportunities in other European countries. Beginning in 2007, the Prague Institute will be open to all NC State students, and will offer, in addition to design courses, a set of General Education Requirement courses intended to meet the needs of most NC State students. In addition, two centers with partner universities are being established with Zhejiang University in China and University of Concepcion in Chile.
- The College of Humanities and Social Sciences inaugurated The School of Public and International Affairs on July 1, 2006. It brings together the academic, professional, and practical activities of the departments of political science and public administration, the international studies graduate program, and the public safety leadership initiative, and is aimed at improving leadership in and knowledge of public and international affairs.
- The School of Public Affairs offers a Master’s of International Studies (MIS). The MIS has an excellent placement record, with 100 percent of its graduates placed within six months in government service, international business, non-profit administration, and higher education administration, among other fields, in organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
The varied opportunities for international exchange, study and experience available to our students and faculty mean that NC State is uniquely positioned to serve as a leader in global economic development initiatives.