Study Abroad

Learning Beyond the Classroom with Semester, Summer, or Short-term Study Abroad Opportunities!

The UNC Asheville Department of Business is committed to helping students explore their potential through experiential education opportunities. Studying abroad as a business major is one way students can expand their experiences and develop an understanding of the world and their place as a global citizen. Furthermore, by participating in a study abroad program, management majors can give themselves a competitive edge in the job market. Employers today seek out individuals who have had the type of experience study abroad provides.

Business Major Requirements

As part of the curriculum requirements for graduation, UNC Asheville business majors must fulfill either an internship, an undergraduate research project, or a study abroad program. To fulfill the requirement via study abroad, students will complete at least 3 management/business focused credit hours abroad in an approved study abroad program..

Program Options

Types of Study Abroad Options

There are many opportunities for UNC Asheville business students to study abroad. Through one or more of our partner universities, students have the option of studying abroad for a summer, a semester, or a full-year while earning credit toward their management major and/or general education requirements. View a full list of UNC Asheville Study Abroad programs, as well as a list of business courses offered by many of the exchange programs offered through UNC Asheville.

In addition, short-term UNC Asheville faculty-led programs focusing on management and business abroad are also an option where students visit international companies, hear guest lectures on local business and economic topics, and participate in numerous cultural immersion activities.

Course Equivalencies

To fulfill the 3 credit hour requirement for the major, students can take a variety of management and business related courses while abroad. In addition to those 3 credit hours, students are free to take additional courses to count toward their business major, emphasis area, and/or general education requirements. When possible, these courses will be approved prior to departure so students will know how the courses impact their UNC Asheville degree requirements.

Common Questions

When to Study Abroad?

While it is up to the student to decide which time is best for their study abroad experience, students in the business major tend to have the most flexibility during their sophomore or junior year.  A student cannot participate in a semester-long study abroad in their last semester at UNC Asheville.

I only speak English. Is this a problem?

No. The majority of management and business focused study abroad programs offer coursework in English. View programs with business courses offered in English.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Most of the semester study abroad programs offered by UNC Asheville have the same tuition as studying on the UNC Asheville campus (exchange based programs). Please visit the Study Abroad Office website for more information about tuition, financial aid, and scholarships. Please visit the Study Abroad website for more information.

Getting Started

Step 1:

After exploring the variety of country locations and programs offered, students should schedule an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad Office to discuss their program and financing options.

Step 2:

Students should plan to meet with the Business Department Study Abroad Coordinator, Dr. Deena Burris (, where students will discuss optimal courses to take on their study abroad program and how those credits could transfer back to UNCA.