International Students

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 a destination of choice for students from around the globe. International students find the Appalachian campus to be a safe, friendly and convenient learning environment in which to meet lifelong friends and invigorating academic challenges.

How to apply

Learn about the admission process and how to apply. On the How to Apply page, be sure to scroll to the International Applicants section. Always feel free to contact your admission counselor, Aneisy Cardo, with any questions you have about Appalachian or the application process.

Housing options

If you’ve graduated from high school less than a year before your first day of class at Appalachian, on-campus housing is required and guaranteed for you. You still must apply for this service. Look at some of the housing options and different RLCs that might apply to you.

Although housing for international transfer students is not guaranteed, Appalachian does favor international students when assigning on-campus housing. Apply for admission and housing early since there are a limited number of spaces available. Learn more about housing options for transfer students.

If you are at Appalachian as an exchange student, the Office of International Education and Development reserves a room for you in one of the residence halls on campus. Private rooms are not available and every effort is made to place you with an American roommate near some other exchange students.

Student services

Whether you wish to pursue a degree here at Appalachian for the first time, wish to be an exchange student, or transfer from another U.S. institution, the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach (ISSSO) within the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) serves as an advocate for you.

There are a lot of logistics to take care of when relocating to another country. ISSSO has information on the many resources available to admitted and current students when preparing for or living at Appalachian.

About Boone

Map showing location of Boone NC

Boone, North Carolina is a great town in a beautiful area that can be enjoyed with and without a car. The AppalCart is a free in-town bus system that operates on a daily schedule and comes to each pick-up location multiple times within the hour. Many students use the Appalcart to get to and from campus and many retail areas. Bicycles (new and used) are plentiful and can also be a great way to get around and you’ll want to plan on having some good walking shoes and boots to get around campus and enjoy the hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

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Frequently asked questions

Have a question? Check out our list of frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer there, feel free to contact our office to speak with an admission counselor.