Independent Study Abroad
This application is intended for students who plan to travel independently and who have made special arrangements with a faculty member to earn academic credit for an NC State course. This may include credit-bearing internships, research, and/or service learning.
By registering with the Study Abroad Office, students will have access to the following direct benefits:
- individualized assistance from the Study Abroad Office in an emergency,
- low-cost, comprehensive international health insurance*,
- Study Abroad Office scholarships, and
- a transcript notation indicating their international experience
Alternate Enrollment Options:
Term of Enrollment: Students should complete the Independent Study Abroad Application to match the term of the related course enrollment, even if that term is different than the time period spent abroad. For example, if a student is going abroad over the summer, but getting Independent Study Abroad credit during the Spring semester, then they should complete a Spring-Short Term Independent Study Abroad application for our office. If you are unsure, please contact our office before beginning the application.
Course examples include:
- MIS 651 Internship in International Studies
- ARS 498 Independent Study in Arts Studies
- ARC 289 Architectural Travel Study
Independent study is usually arranged between an NC State faculty member and an NC State student and does not go through any formal institutional review or approval process. However, if students intend to earn independent study credit from travel in a country with a current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, they must petition the Study Abroad Office to request special approval. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their intended plans and initiate the petition process.
Insurance: All NC State students going abroad on any university-affiliated travel are required to purchase the UNC System Study Abroad Health Insurance policy for the period of study abroad. Information on cost and coverage can be found on the Study Abroad Office webpage on Insurance. Students will be enrolled in coverage based on the dates submitted in the Independent Study Abroad application questionnaire. Students should review the insurance policy for more details, including billing, cost and covered benefits. Additional insurance coverage for before or after program dates can be arranged by the student after being enrolled in the policy and receiving the insurance card.
Has the deadline has passed above or still not sure what to do? Contact the Study Abroad Office and request an application.