GEARS at NC State University

Global Education, Academics, and Research Skills

The GEARS program at NC State University is a unique academic-research-cultural exchange program that enables academically gifted undergraduate students at our partner institutions overseas to come to our Raleigh campus, engage in a non-degree and non-credit campus experience, participate in cultural programs, and explore research relevant to students’ programs at their home institution. There are several sessions to choose from in Winter (January or February) and Summer (May to August).

Field Trip with GEARS students

This full-time program will:

  1. Introduce students to the life of a graduate student in the U.S.; visiting students can interact with NC State students, faculty, and researchers
  2. Introduce students to different aspects of studying at a U.S. graduate institution; as a visiting student you will have the opportunity to engage in various workshops, observe classes, and engage in a study project.
  3. Introduce students to university research (planning experiments, managing time, ethical issues in research, summarizing results, lab safety, using the library and other campus resources, etc.) Students will not engage in classified research or access research where IP issues are an issue, but we endeavor to pair students with NC State faculty conducting relevant or similar research.
  4. Provide workshops on academic oral and digital presentation skills and various aspects of U.S. American culture.
  5. Support students as they determine if they are truly interested in pursuing a graduate research degree program at NC State or elsewhere in the U.S.
  6. Provide cultural excursions and weekend trips to learn more about life at a U.S. university and U.S. culture

This is a competitive full-time (35 hours per week) academic program that does not involve credit or culminate in a degree. It is limited to students with a GPA of 3.0 or above, with a very good command of English language ability, are in good academic standing at one of our partner institutions overseas. Acceptance into this program is not guaranteed and also depends on the capacity and interest of relevant faculty and departments at NC State. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Winter GEAR Program

Applications are now closed. Thanks for your interest.

If you are interested in participating in this program as a research mentor or workshop presenter, please contact us at for more information regarding benefits, processes, and expectations