International Students

With its world-class academics as part of the University of North Carolina system and breathtaking location in the North Carolina mountains, Appalachian is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for students from around the globe. International students find the Appalachian campus to be a safe and friendly learning environment in which to make new friends and meet new academic challenges.


Appalachian operates on a semester calendar. Fall term begins in late August and ends in mid-December. Spring term begins in early January and concludes in early May. Summer School offers two sessions from late May until early August.

Contact Information

For questions about the application and admission to Appalachian:

Kendal McDevitt, Senior Associate Director of Recruitment

For help with insurance, visas or international student life:

Karen Binger, International Student and Scholar Services

Studying English

Appalachian does not currently have its own English language institute. If you would like to attend but do not have sufficient English skills, we encourage you to study English at INTERLINK or ELS or first.