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Visiting Students

Who is a Visiting Student?

 A Summer Visiting Student is classified as nondegree-seeking and is:

  • a current student at another college or university,
  • an applicant with at least an associate’s degree,
  • a high school student who will finish the junior year prior to Summer School,
  • anyone who is not enrolled or accepted in a degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill during the prior spring semester,
  • any former UNC-Chapel Hill student who only wishes to take summer courses of interest without seeking readmission or earning a degree here, or
  • an international college student who is coming to UNC-Chapel Hill from abroad.

Do Not Complete This Application If:

  • you are currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill, or
  • you previously were enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill but did not graduate and want to earn more credit toward your degree; (you must reapply for summer admission through your regular admitting office), or
  • you have been enrolled through Part-time Classroom Studies.
  • you are a new, incoming student for the fall. (see Incoming Students page).


As a Visiting Summer School student, you are applying for summer only, not to continue into the fall. If you plan to continue in the fall, please go to to apply as a part-time studies student.

Former UNC-Chapel Hill students who attended but did not earn a degree

If you no longer intend to receive a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, you may attend Summer School as a visitor. If you wish to take a Summer School course and apply the credit toward the completion of a degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, you must readmit through Undergraduate Admissions. If you are a former graduate student and have not completed a degree, contact the Dean of the Graduate School, CB# 4010, Bynum Hall (919-966-2611).

Undergraduates Graduating in Spring 2024 and Any Applicant Holding at Least a Bachelor’s Degree

When applying, indicate that “I hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree.” You cannot apply as an undergraduate. If you will be graduating this Spring, you are no longer considered an undergraduate and must apply accordingly.

International Applicants

If you are a full-time student at a college located in the United States, disregard citizenship. You will select the status indicating you are an undergraduate/graduate student and a U.S. citizen regardless of your citizenship status.

Early deadlines apply for international applicants so that time is allowed to process financial and other information for the visa.

  • International students who are part of the visiting student program or exchange program should make initial contact with the UNC Study Abroad Office.
  • International students are required to submit results on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (minimum score of 100) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum band score of 7) if English is not the student’s first language. An exception can be made by the Academic Director of Summer School.  Please be aware that all UNC courses (other than foreign languages) are taught in English and require a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • All admitted international students submitting a Financial Certificate will be required by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to submit this form and all related documents electronically in ConnectCarolina. Admitted non-resident alien students will see items on their “To Do List” in their Student Center in ConnectCarolina. These documents will fall under the category of “Admissions Items”.
  • Once international students are admitted, they will receive an email message that:

*contains a link to the financial certificate form corresponding to the student’s program,

*directs the student to log in to the Student Center and review To Do List, and

*alerts the student to additional directions and resources (FAQs) on the ISSS website.

  • International students pay the same tuition as out-of-state students.
  • By policy set by the Summer School Administrative Board, international high school students cannot be considered for admission.

Teacher Licensure and Others

Candidates who are renewing an existing teaching license should apply through Summer School as visiting students. Post-baccalaureate students seeking initial teacher licensure or licensed teachers qualifying for additional licensure areas should consult the Teacher Education Office, School of Education, 103 Peabody Hall, telephone 919-966-1346; an officer in the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh; or the equivalent department of the state in which licensure is being sought. Others who wish to attend the University during the summer should contact Summer School.


How to Apply as a Summer Visitor

The 2024 Summer visitor online application opens February 01, 2024.
*Please allow at least 3-5 business days to process your application.*
**Decision letters will be sent out early March, 2024**


If you are a new, incoming UNC-CH student for the fall, do not apply.  See Incoming Student page.

Creating an Account

All students must create an account under First Time users to start a new application. You will receive an email to activate your account with a temporary password/PIN. Then you will need to create your own password. Start a new application and Select “Summer School Visitor” (not to continue into fall) as the level of study.

Be sure to provide a VALID email address. Decision notifications along with important deadlines begin in March and are sent to your application status page.

If you are accepted as a visiting summer student, you must create a UNC email address. Decision notifications along with important deadlines, directions to create your email begin in March and are sent to your application status page. More information about what must be done if you are accepted can be found in the visiting students webinar.

Visiting student applicants should be qualified to compete with highly selective students at the college level as evidenced by a degree already obtained, recent university studies, or current good standing in a degree program at another college or university.

To be considered, undergraduate applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA at their current college or university. Admission as a visiting student terminates at the end of Second Session. If you later become a regular UNC-Chapel Hill student, be aware that grades and credit hours received as a UNC-Chapel Hill summer visitor are included on your UNC-Chapel Hill transcript.


If you claim to be a resident in North Carolina for tuition purposes, you must complete the residency process with the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) at Specific instructions will be located in the application when you get to “Do you claim to be a North Carolina Resident?

You will not be able to submit your application until you complete this process.

The RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN), which you will need enter in the box when you return to the application.

The residency application deadlines for 2024
Maymester/First Session – 5/20
Second Session – 6/29

Deadlines for Summer Visitor Applications 2024

First Session

March 1   International

May 9      All other summer visitors

Second Session

March 1     International

June 14       Rising high school seniors **All required documents MUST be submitted by this date**

June 18     All other summer visitors

Have you read all the information below? If so, begin the Summer School visitor application located at the bottom of the page.

Course Load

The maximum credit hour load allowed cannot exceed more than 8 credit hours in Maymester/First Session or more than 8 credit hours in Second Session. Students will be required to drop to 8 credit hours if the limit is exceeded. It is highly recommended that students who enroll in Maymester not take a First Session course.

Courses at UNC-Chapel Hill can be one of five modes of instruction. The modes are as follows:

In-person Modes of Instruction

  • In-person, On-campus Learners
  • In-person, On-campus and Remote Learners

Remote Modes of Instruction

  • Synchronous Remote
  • Mostly Asynchronous Remote
  • Fully Asynchronous Remote

More information about what each mode entails can be found on the Registrar’s website. Please check on UNC-Chapel Hill Class Search  to ensure that the courses you are interested in taking have modes that are compatible to your schedule and location.

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Academic Rigor

Visiting students should be aware that courses offered in summer are the same rigorous courses offered during the academic year but in a condensed format that requires diligence and commitment to homework and other outside assignments. Classes generally meet 90 minutes per day and can require up to 3 to 4 hours of additional out-of-class work each day. That outside time is greater for Maymester courses offered in less than 3 weeks. Grades become part of an academic transcript at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Full-time Enrollment

The University defines full-time enrollment for the summer as 4 hours for undergraduate students and 3 hours for graduate students in one of the summer terms.

Eligibility to Continue

UNC-Chapel Hill requires that even nondegree-seeking students maintain an acceptable GPA to continue to enroll. The information about eligibility can be found at the bottom of the page at


Auditing of courses is permitted only in lecture-based courses and never in courses that include laboratories or performances. Auditing is not permitted in courses that focus on the development of written or oral communication skills or that rely heavily on class participation. Auditing is not permitted in independent studies courses, internships, special topics, directed readings, or similar courses. Auditing is not permitted in classes that are offered primarily as online classes. Rising high school seniors are not eligible to audit courses. For information on the process for auditing, go to

Registering for Classes

Visiting students begin registration on March 21, 2024.

How to Register

Go to ConnectCarolina and click on the “Login to ConnectCarolina” icon.

Enter your ONYEN and password

Within the ConnectCarolina Student Center, you have a few different options for adding courses:

  1. You can search for classes and add them to your Shopping Cart, and then enroll in those classes once your Registration Appointment starts. (Please note: that adding a class to your Shopping Cart does not automatically register you for the class, or guarantee a seat will be available when you try to enroll in the class. When adding classes to your Shopping Cart, be sure to follow through all the steps, until you see a message that the class has been added to your Shopping Cart.) When enrolling in classes that are in your Shopping Cart, check the check box next to the classes that you wish to try to enroll in, hit the “Enroll” button, and on the following screen be sure to click “Finish Enrolling.”
  2. You can also enroll in classes by going to  the“enroll”-> “add” tab once your Registration Appointment starts.

Registration Notes

Registration is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week once your appointment time begins.

Check the Notes section for classes ahead of time to see if the departments have placed any registration restrictions on the classes.

The web registration system times out in 20 minutes if no activity occurs during your session, and you will have to log back in.

If you have questions about the registration system, check the registration guide on the Office of the University Registrar’s website.

If you still have additional registration questions, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at

Drop, Cancel or Withdraw

To drop a course, please initiate the drop through Connect Carolina. Detailed instructions can be found on the Registrar’s FAQ page.

To cancel your summer session (only done BEFORE classes begin), follow the instructions found on the Registrar’s website.

To withdraw from your summer session (only done AFTER classes begin), follow the instructions on the Withdrawal Process page.

Deadlines for these actions can be found at


Grades for all courses, including independent studies and directed readings as well as dissertation and thesis credit, must be posted for each course each session and in ConnectCarolina within 72 hours of the final exam. If a post-baccalaureate student is taking your course to satisfy pre-requisites for a graduate program and your course is below 400-level, a graduate level grade will need to be submitted. However, this will need to be updated per student’s request for an undergraduate grade. In this case, a post-semester registration/drop/add/form will need to be filled out to replace the graduate level grade submitted to an undergraduate level grade. Once the form is filled out by department and instructor the form will need to be forwarded to the appropriate Dean’s office for signature and will be sent to the Registrar’s office.

Transfer Credit

If you wish to transfer UNC-Chapel Hill academic credit, obtain written approval from the dean or adviser at your home institution prior to your summer registration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Such approval is for your protection only; it is not required by Summer School at UNC-Chapel Hill, which cannot approve credits for transfer. You must request a transcript from the University Registrar to have grades sent to your home institution.

Medical Clearance

Visiting summer students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are allowed to register and will not be penalized for failure to meet the state-mandated pre-matriculation immunization requirements for full-time students.

This change of policy is supported by an interpretation of the law by a consultant with the Immunization Services Division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. Visiting summer students are advised that it is always prudent to be adequately protected from diseases that are preventable with available vaccines. For your information, the vaccines required for matriculating students in the State of North Carolina include DPT (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis within the last 10 years), Polio, and MMR (Mumps, Measles Rubeola, and Rubella). In addition, the following vaccines are recommended: Hepatitis B series, Varicella (chicken pox), Meningococcal Meningitis, and a test for tuberculosis if coming from a country with high prevalence of disease. For your convenience, these vaccines are available at Campus Health Services by calling 919-966-2281 for an appointment. Costs are at or below community rates.