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International Students

A Community of International Scholars

North Carolina State University recognizes the importance of common global concerns and acknowledges the interdependence of nations and peoples throughout the world. We support a wide array of cooperative academic, research, and public service programs that allow our faculty, staff, and students to address international political, social, and economic problems. We also sponsor a variety of study abroad opportunities and international activities.

Currently, there are graduate students from over 85 different countries pursuing degrees at NC State. These international scholars play an important part in our academic community. They bring a new perspective to their area of study, open new doors for research, and help spread NC State’s reputation for excellence around the world.

From Middle East to America: PhD Graduate Tells of Inspiring Journey

While working on her master’s degree in her home country of Saudi Arabia, Heba Al-Mohsin wanted one thing: the opportunity to do her own research in the laboratory.

In the Saudi university that Al-Mohsin attended, lab work was done at a men’s university because the instrumentation wasn’t available at the women’s university. Women students at their own university would analyze the men’s lab data.

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Al-Mohsin in commencement robe

International Student Services

Because most international graduate students are in the U.S. for the first time and are often away from their family and friends, we work hard to make sure they feel at home once they enroll. We make the transition easier by offering services to help with immigration issues, application requirements, and beginning the process of becoming a graduate student at NC State.

Welcome International Scholars from Partnered Universities!

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For more information on international student programs and services:

  • Visit the Office of International Services (OIS), which assists students and visiting scholars with immigration regulations and University policies and procedures. OIS sponsors social and networking opportunities. You also have the opportunity to become an International Student Ambassador.
  • Review the activities of the Office of Global Engagement. NC State Global sponsors a variety of international activities and adds a global perspective to NC State’s educational and research endeavors.
  • Join some of our international student organizations and learn about other students here at NC State as well as their countries of origin.

2,600 + International Graduate Students

International students make up 35 percent of NC State’s graduate student population.

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