International Students

International Students

Welcome international students! Over four thousand international students from 120 different countries are part of the Wolfpack community.  Attending a university far from home is a time of growth, excitement, and transformation. It can also be challenging for you. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals.  We’re ready to answer any questions or concerns you have about academics and to help you create a plan for academic success at NC State.

Walk-In Advising for International Students

International students are invited to visit with the Academic Coordinator for International Student Support. We can help you with a variety of academic questions and concerns, including:

  • Choosing a major
  • Changing your major  or adding a second major
  • General questions about academic policies
  • Developing strategies for academic success (goal setting, time management, study skills, note taking, test preparation and more)

Students may be referred to other on-campus resources for additional support.

Location and Hours

In Person (walk-in): Holmes Hall (between Carmichael Gym and Student Health)  2751 Cates Avenue, 2nd floor-PLEASE CHECK-IN AT OUR STUDENT SERVICES DESK

  • Friday:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Check in at our front desk on the second floor and mention that you want to meet with the Academic Coordinator for International Student Support.

By Appointment

In Person: If your schedule does not permit you to attend Walk-In Advising hours on Fridays, please call 919-515-8130 to schedule an appointment. Evening appointments are available on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Electronic (Skype, Google Meet/Hangouts): If you do not have time to visit Holmes Hall, or if you are currently out of the country, we can still communicate electronically! If you are interested in a long-distance meeting, please make an appointment with Academic Coordinator, Mr. Tony Shurer, directly at ajshurer@ncsu.edu.

What do successful students do?

You may have come from a different educational system, with its own policies, procedures, and expectations.  Successful students at US colleges and universities take these actions:

  • Know the Rules: NC State University has its own policies and procedures about changing majors, dropping classes, academic integrity, and other academic areas.  The US has laws and regulations about visas, immigration, and employment for international students. Don’t make assumptions; be sure you have the right information.
  • Ask for Help:  Successful students know that they can’t do it all by themselves – they ask for help.  At NC State, we expect and encourage students to ask questions. If you don’t know who to ask, that’s ok!  Start with your instructors and advisor, and use the resources listed on this website.
  • Make Connections: Meet other students in your classes for study groups or just to get to know each other.  Find student organizations that look interesting – there are hundreds at NC State! Introduce yourself to your instructors. Attend office-hours when you have questions about course content, or if you want to learn more about their research.
  • Think and Do:  This is NC State’s motto.  In your classes, participate in discussions, ask questions, and show intellectual curiosity.  Go beyond just your coursework: get involved in the NC State and Raleigh community. Participate in research, even if you are an undergraduate.

Academic Resources

Your best resource is your academic advisor in your major.  Check out the navigation menu on the right for links to additional resources on academic coaching, exploring majors and minors, and academic success. Other helpful resources:

  • Counseling Center Resources for International Students

    In addition to these online resources, the Counseling Center often sponsors an International Student Success Group, as well as informal groups and events.  Learn how to boost your academic performance with effective study skills and time and stress management strategies. Discuss with other international students how to establish healthy relationships and how to deal with culture shock and language barriers.

  • NC State Libraries (D.H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library)

    Libraries are not just the place to find books. NC State librarians are eager to answer your questions and can provide a great deal of assistance in conducting research and ensuring that you are appropriately citing your sources. The Learning Commons in D. H. Hill Library and Learning Lab Rooms at Hunt Library are some of the most popular locations on campus. There are hundreds of computer workstations, group study areas, presentation practice rooms, and areas for gaming.  You can also borrow items from Tech Lending.

  • Office of International Services

    Not only does the Office of International Services support students and scholars as they maintain their immigration status, but they provide support through extended orientation, information fairs, and peer-to-peer connections. Staff in OIS can help to help students get involved and get connected with both social and academic programs. The OIS website is a helpful resource for students who want to learn about academic expectations in the United States and at NC State University.

  • University Tutorial Center

    The tutorial center provides assistance to undergraduate students in many 100-level and 200-level math, chemistry, and physics courses, as well as writing and speaking support for both undergraduate and graduate students. You’ll also find information about tutoring in other subjects.

  • Writing and Speaking Support

    A service of the University Tutorial Center, you can get help at all stages of the writing and speaking process, including brainstorming, topic development, thesis construction, organization, drafting, revision, and more.

Resources for Faculty & Staff

Tools for a Diverse Classroom

Staff from the Office of Global Engagement and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs have created this online resource guide for faculty and staff working with international students at NC State. It addresses many common concerns, including: engagement in the classroom, language considerations, and academic integrity.