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Study Abroad

Course Credit

Students who wish to study abroad are encouraged to talk with the SILS International Programs Coordinator. Study abroad credit transfer is not guaranteed and should be confirmed with SILS before beginning the exchange.

Funding Resources

SILS and UNC offer a number of competitive and noncompetitive funding options for undergraduate and graduate students. These can be used for field research, study abroad, international internships, conference participation, foreign language training and more. You may also wish to visit Study Abroad 101’s page on the costs of study abroad, and for tips on how to reduce your costs.


National University of Singapore: School of Computing, Singapore

Students will learn and live at NUS’s main Kent Ridge Campus in southwest Singapore. This exchange option is housed in the School of Computing at NUS and is intended for UNC undergraduates in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Information & Library Science. The NUS School of Computing has two departments: Computer Science and Information Systems. The Department of Computer Science offers three undergraduate programs: Computer Science, Information Systems, and Computational Biology. All courses are taught in English, but student will have the option to take a language course.

Language requirement: None
Minimum class standing requirement: Sophomore
Course Listing

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile

This program is primarily for Master’s students. Undergraduates can participate, but will not have access to Information Processing and Management courses. More information in course listing links below. With that said, the Engineering school has some undergraduate courses related to Business Intelligence and Data Mining.

Currently, there are over 20,000 students at UC enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs. In 2008, UC was ranked second in Latin America. UC-Chile is located on four campuses in Santiago, the bustling capital city of Chile. Courses in Databases, Information Architecture, Information Retrieval, Social Media, and Natural Language Processing, are among a few of the offerings. As a southern hemisphere school, Chile’s semesters run from around February to July and August to December.

Language requirement: 5 semesters of Spanish
Minimum class standing requirement: Junior
Course Listing (undergraduates)

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Seoul, South Korea

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) was founded over 600 years ago, and is one of Asia’s oldest institutions of higher learning. Students attending this program will have access to one of the most respected Library and Information Science programs in Asia.

SKKU’s location in Seoul, along with the wealth of cultural activities planned for exchange students, provide students with the opportunity to have an immersive cultural experience in one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities.

SKKU also offers an International Summer School, which is separate and different from the semester exchange. More information can be found here.

Language requirement: None
Minimum class standing requirement: Rising sophomore
Course Listing (for undergraduate semester)
Course Listing (for graduate semester) – graduate semesters are handled on a case by case basis. Please meet with the SILS International Programs Coordinator to discuss course possibilities. Oftentimes, you will work closely with SKKU faculty to develop a schedule which pertains to your specific interests within IS or LS.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Madrid, Spain

UC3M has 18,916 students, 18% of which are international. Students are able to enroll in any academic department, but the degree in Management of Information and Digital Contents (within the School of Humanities, Communication, and Library Science) is the SILS equivalent. Courses relate to Business, Information Technology, Law, and Information and Documentation.

Language requirement: 4 semesters of Spanish
Minimum class standing requirement: Junior
Bachelor’s degree courses