International Programs


Are you ready to change [the world]? Gaining an international perspective on your studies adds invaluable depth to your personal and professional development. In addition, employers are increasingly looking for international experiences, cross-cultural skills and perspectives, and an understanding of the world’s diversity.

Updates on International Programs are announced via Twitter: @uncsilsglobal

Note: International students who wish to study and earn a degree at UNC SILS should refer to the SILS program information pages for instructions on how to apply.

  • Study Abroad Programs - SILS has formal agreements with a number of information schools around the world. In addition, UNC at Chapel Hill has formal university ties with approximately 75 other universities. In most cases, students can find courses in which they can earn Information or Library Science credit. Benefits include low cost for in-state students, full immersion into the host culture, and a wide range of subjects and courses from which to choose. 

By going abroad, you can:

  • Short-Term Summer Seminars - We offer 3 summer programs that run for 2 weeks. Our seminars to London and Prague focus on Library Science and our seminar to Dublin and Berlin focuses on Information Science.  
    • London: University College London
    • Prague: Charles University
    • Berlin: Humboldt University in Berlin 
  • Certificate in International Development - The Certificate in International Development is available to all graduate students currently enrolled at UNC, and it may be awarded to students pursuing either master's or doctoral degrees. The Certificate is issued to students upon meeting all requirements and is noted on their official transcript. It is administered by UNC's Center for Global Initiatives. SILS faculty Ron Bergquist serves on the faculty steering committee. If you're interested in pursuing the certificate, please contact Kaitlyn, SILS International Programs Coordinator. 
    • Wondering if a course will count toward the certificate? Fill out this request form
  • 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.

Visiting Scholars

A list of current scholars can be viewed here.

If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Scholar in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill, please click here for information on how to begin the process.