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University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Check whether University of North Carolina Wilmington is right for you as an international student.

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Uni facts

  • Wilmington, USA
  • University type: Public
  • Rank: 1002
  • Program types Master's degrees, Bachelor's degrees
  • Programs total 92
  • Acceptance rates 61%
  • Nationalities 26
  • International Students 2680

Study abroad at University of North Carolina Wilmington

A public research university based in Wilmington, the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is one of North Carolina’s 16 public universities. Their campus is located just minutes from several beaches, and Wilmington has a vibrant art, culture, literature, film and music scene.

UNCW was established in 1947 and offers 49 undergraduate majors for 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 graduate programs, and four doctoral programs. Popular majors for international students include business, computer science, environmental studies, film studies and marine biology.

There are more than 260 student organizations on offer at UNCW, and their 19 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I. The University has a number of regular traditions including Oozeball, Beach Blast, Convocation, Involvement Carnival, and UNCWelcome Week.

University of North Carolina Wilmington logo

Why study at UNCW?

  • Sports and athletics

    The UNCW athletic teams are NCAA Division I members

  • Student staff ratio

    18:1 student faculty ratio helps each student receive a personalized education

Life as an international student

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is dedicated to attracting and supporting UNCW’s community of international students and staff.

The OISS provides support to help international students transition into life at UNCW, and they aim to address the unique needs of each student. They also coordinate events and programs designed to engage international students with the broader community to promote a global culture throughout the campus.

International students are encouraged to live on campus to help you integrate into life at the University. There are also a large number of clubs and organizations you can join that are an ideal way of meeting new people.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Sauna / Steam Rooms
    • Personal Trainers
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Baseball Pitches 1
    • No. of Squash Courts 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 13
    • No. of Climbing Wall 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 8
    • No. of volleyball courts 4
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 1
    • Sport facilities 1
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Doctor
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
  • Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses

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University of North Carolina Wilmington programs

Fees and funding

Financing a UNCW education may seem like a challenging responsibility, so the University tries to be accessible to all who are granted admission. UNCW meets this through need-blind admissions and through financial aid.

Financial assistance from UNCW for international students is extremely limited, since the out-of-state tuition at UNCW is lower than at many comparable institutions. As such, it is urged that international students look for outside sources of funding to help lower costs.

Undergraduate Scholarships Freshman - $5,000 / year SAT 1300 or higher or ACT 30 or higher (automatically received)

Essay submitted once admitted $2,500 / year

Ambassador Scholarship (applied after their first year of studies) - up $2,000 / year

Teaching assistantships for Postgraduate students, maximum of $11,000 / year (working 20 hours per week)


University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 S College Rd, NC 28403

Wilmington is a charming, friendly city on the southeastern coast of North Carolina in the United States. Located just minutes from numerous beaches, Wilmington has a renowned historic district as well as a vibrant art culture, literature, film and music scene.

  • Flight to New York

    2 hours

  • To Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

    6 miles

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Visa requirements for University of North Carolina Wilmington

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements