Denise M. DiPuccio, assistant provost
Mark A. Gallovic, director of education abroad
Jennifer D. Fernandez-Villa, director of international student and scholar services
Amy M. Mabery, coordinator of international student and scholar services
Kara M. Pike, assistant director of education abroad
Maike C. Walbrecht, English as a second language coordinator
The Office of International Programs offers more than six hundred education abroad opportunities in more than fifty countries. UNCW provides education abroad opportunities to suit nearly every major and credit earned through international programs may be applied towards a UNCW degree. Financial aid may be used in conjunction with education abroad programs and scholarships are available. Students may select from short-term and summer programs, as well as semester, year-long and two-year dual degree options.
All applications for any credit-bearing program abroad must be made through the Office of International Programs.
UNCW students who study abroad retain their active UNCW student status and will not have to reenroll upon return.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Degree-seeking status
- Good disciplinary standing
- 2.5+ cumulative grade point average
- Sophomore+ status (select programs are open to first-year students)
- Any program-specific requirements
Further information is available at Education Abroad
The International House is a living-learning environment for students who desire to experience world cultures in on-campus living. The International House consists of 96 spaces. The goal of the program is to have a 50/50 breakdown of international and American students living together in close proximity. In order to accommodate the special needs of international students, the International House remains open during all break periods. Residents are expected to participate in cultural diversity programs and to help coordinate international dinners.
International Student and Scholar Services
The Office of International Programs coordinates services for international students, scholars, and their dependents and offers programs with an international focus to all members of the community. Programs and services include: immigration advising; orientation; a community-based Host Family Program which gives students and community members the opportunity to get to know one another; coordination of cross-cultural programs and events, like Intercultural Week, in conjunction with the International Student Organization.
For more information go to: International Student and Scholar Services
English as a Second Language
UNCW’s ESL curriculum focuses on all areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar/structure, and culture. Overall, we focus primarily on speaking and listening skills, while also sharpening the skills in the other areas. TOEFL Preparation is integral to our program.
For more information go to: ESL
National Student Exchange (NSE)
National Student Exchange (NSE) is a domestic student exchange program that offers UNCW students the opportunity to attend one of approximately 183 member institutions across the United States and its territories. With member institutions offering tuition reciprocity, and students continuing their eligibility for financial aid at UNCW, NSE represents one of the most cost-effective ways to travel and experience life in a new environment. Since NSE‘s founding in 1967-68, more than 90,000 students have been placed in life-challenging and life-changing experiences. For participating students, the semester or year on exchange is usually the most profitable and enjoyable time of their college career. Students experience a diversity of educational settings, course offerings, and philosophies. In addition, there is an increased awareness of the cultural and geographical differences within the U.S. The NSE application deadline is February 1 for placements in the following academic year. For more information, contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life or visit UNCW‘s NSE website at www.uncw.edu/NSE.
The Division of Academic Affairs administers the University‘s extension (academic) program. The University operates the following upper division undergraduate and graduate degree completion programs at the UNCW Onslow County Extension site:
- B.A. Business Administration
- B.S. Clinical Research (online)
- B.A. Criminology
- B.A. Elementary Education
- B.S. Nursing (RN-BSN online)
- B.S.W. Social Work
- Elementary Education Teacher Licensure
- Early Childhood Add-on-licensure
- M.A. Liberal Studies
- M.Ed. Elementary Education (online)
- MS Chemistry
- M.S. Instructional Technology (online)
Graduate Certificate Program
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Conflict Management and Resolution
Courses are scheduled on the Coastal Carolina Community College campus, the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune John A. Lejeune Education Center, and online. Licensure courses are also offered for several teaching areas. Application for admission to Onslow County programs are received by the extension site admissions adviser located at 444 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546, telephone (910) 455-2310.
Additional extension offerings also include undergraduate and graduate courses at select off–campus sites. Application for admission to extension programs are received by the Admissions Office; requests for transcripts should be made to the Registrar of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Graduate extension applications are received by the Graduate School.
Information concerning all extension programs and courses may be obtained by contacting the Division of Academic Affairs at UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5900; phone (910) 962-3876. For additional information regarding Onslow Extension Programs, visit the UNCW Onslow County Extension Site’s website at www.uncw.edu/extension.
Science and Mathematics Education Center
The Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) at UNCW is a member of the University of North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN). SMEC is committed to regional service and endeavors to stimulate teachers‘ intellectual curiosity and increase exposure to current technology. The center is responsible for the identification, development, delivery, and evaluation of K-12 professional development programming in science and mathematics. SMEC applies the resources of UNC Wilmington to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in the K-12 schools of southeastern North Carolina. The center, working with faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Watson School of Education, offers a wide range of professional development programs in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology for in-service elementary-, middle-, and high- school teachers. Through center sponsored seminars, workshops, and courses, teachers can renew licensure in science, mathematics, and technology.
SMEC includes Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics (SVSM), a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented high-school students who may pursue careers based in science and mathematics. The program brings rising juniors and seniors together in residential settings for four weeks of intensive study on a UNC system campus. Students are invited to the program after a competitive application process at the state level. University faculty and master high school teachers provide the instruction and support for individual student research projects.
Information concerning programs may be obtained by contacting the Science and Mathematics Education Center.