North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University (NC State) is a public research university founded in 1887 and now, with 34 000 students, is the largest university in North Carolina. It forms a research triangle with Duke University in Durham, NC, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. It has 12 colleges with 65 departments offering over 300 programs.

Academic highlights

NC State is a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine. It is one of eight universities with a presence at the North Carolina Research Campus, a biotechnology hub in Kannapolis, NC and also operates the Plants for Human Health Institute, a research and education organisation devoted to food crops and the health promoting properties of different foods.


NC State's Main Campus has three sub-campuses: North, Central and South Campuses. North Campus is the oldest part of the university and home to most academic departments and a few residence halls. Pedestrian tunnels allow students to commute easily between campuses. Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina. It’s within two hours drive of the Atlantic Ocean and within three hours of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Did you know?

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an NC State institution that started 13 years ago as a dare and now attracts 8,000 runners and raises around $195,000 a year for a local children’s hospital. It involves an 8 kilometre race and a doughnut feast. It’s become the number one tradition to complete before graduating from NC State.


The College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Biomedical Engineering do not accept exchange students.

Disciplines available




Banking and finance

Biological sciences


Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies



Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Econometrics and business statistics


Education - early childhood

Education - primary schooling

Education - secondary schooling


Engineering - chemical

Engineering - civil

Engineering – electrical / computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical / aerospace

English as an international language

Film and screen studies

Fine art

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Information technology

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Legal studies


Literary studies



Mathematical sciences

MBA program

Music performance and composition


Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences

Public health and preventive medicine

Religious studies


Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies

Social work


Theatre and performance

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See NC State's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

A minimum of 9 credit hours is required for graduate students and a minimum of 12 for undergraduate students. One credit is equivalent to fifteen contact hours.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard N/A 12 NCSU credits N/A 24 NCSU credits
Postgraduate N/A9 NCSU credits N/A 18 NCSU credits

Note a minimum number of 12 US credits must be taken to maintain full-time status for undergraduates, or 9 for graduates. 12 US credits is generally 4 units at 3 credit points each. Note that some Faculties at Monash require students to do a full-time load of 15 US credits to count as 24 Monash credit points. You will need to confirm this with your crediting Faculty.

Exchange program terms

NCSU 'Fall' Semester (Monash semester 2): early August – early December
NCSU 'Spring' Semester (Monash semester 1): early January – early May

See NC State's academic calendar here.


Exchange students are encouraged to live in Global Village (GV) where international students are paired with American roommates.

Students who live off campus must arrange their own housing.

NC State offers advice on accommodation here.


International exchange students studying in the U.S. must obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor’s visa before you leave your home country. The application process requires a personal interview at the Consulate.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the the U.S. Embassy & Consulates here.

NC State also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

A mandatory orientation takes place every semester over several days. Find out more here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Jaimi Harrison
Bachelor of Science,
Semester 1 2017

Studied: Arts units

Study Experience

I had a chance to study environmental science, sociology and language units as electives, which was so diverse study-wise that my semester was really interesting. I lived in the "Global Village" dorm where the students were half local and half international. The dorm hosted events and it was very easy to socialise and make friends as everyone had common goals for their exchange.


Experiencing the US college life, especially living in a dorm, was amazing. Being 5 minutes’ walk from class, having all my friends living in the same building and being 15 away from Downtown was amazing. The social aspect of the dorm was really fun and being surrounded by other international students and local students, who knew their way around town, gave me the experience the best of both worlds.

Benefits of Exchange

Having the chance to explore a diverse selection of electives was really interesting and gave me a different experience and point of view that I don't think I would have gotten had I just stayed in Australia and solely done science units.

Career Benefits

Living and participating in the "Global Village" dorm suggests to future employers that I have the capabilities of working in an international environment, which is a definite advantage.

Money and Budgeting

Cut down on unnecessary things before you go; a night in a hostel overseas is worth more than 5 coffees in Clayton. Don't buy supplies or books until are your first week of classes, often times you can share a text book in your class or don't actually need a physical copy. Wait until you're there to finalise things, as local students might be able to offer help and tips about dorm living.

Top Tips

  • Never say no to anything - have a go at everything!
  • Undertake a unit that you wouldn't be able to study at Monash.
  • Travel before and after your exchange to make the most of being overseas already.

North Carolina State University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Main Campus
    • Centennial
    • Centennial Biomedical
    • NC Research
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Find out more