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International Student Admissions and Resources

NC State University boasts the largest international student population in North Carolina, home to over 4,000 international students from 129 different countries. International students are a key part of the vibrant Wolfpack community and integral to the University’s mission of developing global leaders for social, economic and technological change.

Multiple support offices assist international students throughout their entire academic career, from admissions and visa processing, to academic and sponsored student support, on-going immigration advice and post-graduate employment. NC State welcomes international applicants and families to learn more about our services, academic programs and the Wolfpack community.

International students at the Global Welcome event, Fall 2019
International students at the Fall 2019 Global Welcome event

Our campus is located in the heart of the state’s capital, Raleigh, a city continuously ranked on national “best” lists for jobs, food, growth and affordability. Raleigh’s growth and vibrant cultural community make it one of the country’s most exciting places to live! With attractive career opportunities and a flourishing community, there is no better place to start your future than NC State.

  • #1 Best Big City in the Southeast (Time, ’16)
  • #1 Entrepreneurship Program in the Southeast (The Princeton Review, ’22)
  • #1 Best College for your Money in North Carolina (Money, ’20)
  • Most Diverse MBA Program in the U.S. (Bloomberg Businessweek, ’21)
  • #2 Safest Capital City (WalletHub ’23)
  • #2 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (U.S. News, ’21)
  • #2 Hot-spot for Tech Jobs (Forbes, ’16)
  • #4 best city for work/life balance & mental health  (CoworkingCafe, ’23 )
  • #5 Best Place for Young Professionals (U.S. News, ’21)
  • Top 10 Coolest Places to Eat (Forbes, ’18)

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Immigration and Employment

Located near the largest research park in the U.S. and with 75 corporate partners on-campus, opportunities for internships and post-graduate employment are limitless. According to QS Graduate Employability Rankings NC State turns out some of the most employable graduates in the world! Our students find employment with multinational companies like SAS, Apple, Amazon, Google, Credit Suisse, Facebook, Bayer, Syngenta, IBM and GlaxoSmithKline. Campus resources support international students in finding jobs, obtaining work authorization, and filing taxes on wages earned.

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