International Programs

Students

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. By going abroad you can: 

  • Earn credit toward your SILS degree
  • Understand how to work with people, companies, and organizations from other countries/cultures
  • Practice problem solving through working, studying, and living in an unfamiliar context
  • Develop confidence, a strengthened sense of personal identity, flexibility, and creativity 
  • Develop skills and gain experiences that a classroom setting will never provide
  • Make the connection between the classroom and real-world experience
  • Enhance employment opportunities
  • Invest in your future career 

Updates on International Programs are announced via Twitter: @uncsilsglobal

Students who wish to enjoy an international experience while studying at SILS are encouraged to talk to Kaitlyn Murphy, SILS International Programs Coordinator, kmurphy@unc.edu, 919-966-5042. The following links provide an introduction to our international offerings.

Note: International students who wish to study and earn a degree at UNC SILS should refer to the graduate and undergraduate 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. 
     
  • Short-Term Summer Seminars - In partnership with Charles University in Prague and University College London in London, SILS offers summer seminars in London and Prague lasting two weeks. These seminars offer practicing library professionals and students from any LIS school a behind-the-scenes chance to explore the cultural heritage of two of Europe's most vibrant, historic, and culturally rich cities. Graduate students attending an LIS school can take these seminars for credit. You do not have to be a current student to enroll; the seminars welcome registration from current faculty, staff, and other professionals throughout the U.S. and the world. Beginning in 2017, we will also offer a two-week seminar to Dublin and Berlin (1 program and 2 cities). In partnership with University College Dublin and Humboldt University in Berlin, students will navigate the ways in which global corporations work with information. The program includes several business visits to companies in both Dublin and Berlin. 
    • London: University College London
    • Prague: Charles University
    • Dublin/Berlin: University College Dublin and Humboldt University in Berlin (NEW in 2017!)
       
  • 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.
     
  • 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.