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"The Gillings School remains committed to diversity and inclusion and does not discriminate on any basis, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, color, national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic background, religion, creed, veteran’s status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and disability. We are made stronger by our diversity and will continue to be inclusive. We do not discriminate against people on the basis of religion. We welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds."
-Dean Barbara K. Rimer

Prospective Students

Interested in applying to UNC Gillings? Scroll down to the sections below to find out why international students choose UNC Gillings, scholarships and how to apply.

Why Come to UNC Gillings?

International students make up about 10 percent of our student body, which is about 150 to 170 students each year. Throughout our 75-year history, students and faculty from every corner of the world have made enormous contributions to the School’s legacy of discovery, leadership and impact. Our School is the #1 public school of public health and one of the top two public health schools in the U.S. Join us and study in an atmosphere that combines intellectual challenge with warmth, caring and support. Watch the video below to learn why international students chose UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Gillings Program Search

Find the right degree program for you with the Gillings Program Search (GPS) tool.

Thinking about applying to the Gillings School and not sure which program or department is better suited for you? The Gillings Program Search (GPS) provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs. You can find which department or program best matches your interest and be able to determine the approximate cost of a particular degree and information about how to apply. For more information on our admissions process, please visit our page on How to Apply to a Program at UNC Gillings.

If you’re interested in learning more about our programs, please fill out our prospective student inquiry form.


In need of funding? The Rotary World Peace Fellowship is an option for students applying for a master in public health degree. Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

Questions about possible funding from UNC Gillings?

Please note: Unless you have written confirmation from the School or University, you will not receive funding and should plan on financing your study in the U.S. as you have indicated on your Graduate Student Financial Certificate Form through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.


Admitted and Current Students

Looking for resources or ways to build a social community while at UNC Gillings? Select the resources, events and funding sections below to see what is available to you as a UNC student.

Gillings Resources
University Resources
The Writing Center
  • Survive and Thrive: Living and Going to School in Chapel HillThe guide is full of helpful information including visa resources, housing information, places for the best food, banking, etc.
  • The Gillings School hosted a webinar for incoming international students to help with their transition to the United States. Current Gillings School international students shared their advice to incoming international students. Topics covered in the webinar: housing (2:00); arrival, transportation and more (7:20); academics (12:17); adjusting to the U.S. (28:24); weather (40:00); and resources (45:39). You can watch the entire webinar below.


PowerPoint slides from 2018 International Student Question and Answer webinar.

*Please note the views expressed in the Question-and-Answer session are that of the student and not of Research, Innovation and Global Solutions/UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Please contact Dr. Gigi Taylor for more information.

  • Gillings Diversity Orientation – Gillings students from various groups (e.g., students of color, international students, transfer students, LGBTQ students, students with families or students who have been out of school for more than 10 years) to each other and to related resources. This orientation is created to assist students in transitioning to a new chapter in life. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
  • International Coffee Hour – Join monthly for an hour and chat about challenges and experiences on campus. Meet staff and fellow students excited about global engagement.
  • Global Grads CAPS is here to help you adjust to your new campus – a new country – this year. Mondays 3:300 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2010.
  • Southern Culture Movie Series – Join once a month to be introduced to the entertaining world of the American South.
  • UNC International Facebook PageBe sure to “Like” the page to stay current on events happening on campus and at the Writing Center.
  • UNC OISSS Events Calendar – More events specific to international students

Please note: Unless you have written confirmation from the School or University, you will not receive funding and should plan on financing your study in the U.S. as you have indicated on your Graduate Student Financial Certificate Form through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Below are funding resources:

Immigration Information and Resources

The UNC-Chapel Hill Office of International Students and Scholars Services (OISSS) has created webpages with the latest facts regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Executive Orders on Immigration.

Aware of resources, events or scholarship opportunities specific to international students not listed on the page? Please send suggestions to Naya Villarreal at globalsolutions@unc.edu.

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