Jul 24, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalogue 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Special Academic Programs

International Programs

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:

  1. Degree-seeking status
  2. Good disciplinary standing
  3.  2.5+ cumulative grade point average
  4. Sophomore+ status (select programs are open to first-year students)
  5. Any program-specific requirements

 Further information is available at Education Abroad

International House  

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

Distance Education Programs

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:

Undergraduate Programs

  • B.A. Business Administration
  • B.S. Clinical Research (online) 
  • B.A. Criminology
  • B.A. Elementary Education (K-6)
  • B.S. Nursing (RN-BSN online)
  • B.S.W. Social Work

Licensure Programs

  • Elementary Education Teacher Licensure
  • Early Childhood Add-on-licensure

Graduate Programs

  • M.A. Liberal Studies (online)
  • M.Ed. Elementary Education (online)
  • M.S. Chemistry (online)
  • 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 Office of 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/onslow.

Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics - CESTEM


The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, “CESTEM” (formerly the Science and Mathematics Education Center - SMEC) at UNCW 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, technology, engineering and mathematics. CESTEM applies the resources of UNC Wilmington to improve the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, 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 College of Education, offers a range of professional development programs in the areas of mathematics, science, technology and engineering 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.
CESTEM operates the Technology Loan Program (TLP), a program that lends science and technology materials and other resources to regional K-12 teachers for their classrooms. CESTEM also hosts the Southeast Regional Science Fair and Science Olympiad annually.

Information concerning programs may be obtained by contacting CESTEM at 962-3168.