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Want to study abroad in Southeast Asia? UNC offers programs in several countries in the region. In addition, students may direct enroll in universities and programs abroad. This pages features some highlighted opportunities, but for all questions about studying abroad and for a more comprehensive overview, contact the Office of Study Abroad directly.

Featured program: UNC-NUS Joint Degree Program

The joint degree program is a collaborative effort between UNC-Chapel Hill and National University of Singapore, and the only one of its kind at UNC. It is currently available in five majors and the curriculum is designed to allow students from both institutions to spend anywhere between two or four semesters at the other university and still graduate on time with the required courses. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a diploma jointly issued by UNC-Chapel Hill and National University of Singapore, two world-class institutions. Available majors include Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, and Political Science.

Additional UNC programs

School for Field Studies

School for International Training

School for International Training

School for International Training

National University of Singapore – Honors Carolina

Mahidol University
UNC Burch
UNC Institute for the Environment

School for International Training

Programs in professional schools
Gillings School of Global Public Health study abroad
Kenan Flagler Business School study abroad

Funding opportunities for Study Abroad in Southeast Asia

Fulbright Fellowships
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating seniors, master’s students, doctoral candidates, and recent graduates to self-design a research/study project, or serve as an English Teaching Assistant. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is managed nationally by the Institute of International Education and at UNC-Chapel Hill by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.

Phillips Ambassador Scholarships
Phillips Ambassadors is one of UNC Chapel Hill’s most flexible scholarship programs for undergraduate study abroad in Asia. Ambassadors receive a financial award, take part in unique academic retreats with their cohort, and are charged to share their understandings from studying in Asia with their hometown or campus community upon return. Eligible students from all majors apply in two cycles per year. No prior interest in or experience with Asia required.

Freeman-Asia Awards
Freeman-ASIA is sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, a private foundation whose major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and countries of East Asia. Freeman-ASIA awards provide need-based funding to assist recipients with the cost of East and Southeast Asia study abroad programs and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.