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Summer Academic Programs

The Global Training Initiative at NC State University partners with faculty in various academic departments to offer intensive, 2 – 4 week study programs during the summer. Many programs also include opportunities for weekend cultural and travel excursions as well as visits to nearby college campuses.

Think and Do

We combine the theoretical and the practical to create the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. NC State has 12 colleges that represent all major academic disciplines, and the GTI draws upon those resources to develop unforgettable academic and cultural immersion experiences for students from all over the world. Our summer academic programs typically include:

  • Courses taught by NC State and UNC System faculty
  • U.S. American culture courses and workshops
  • Tours of Washington, D.C. or other nearby major cities
  • Site visits with local companies
  • Cultural excursions and campus tours of nearby universities

Students will receive a completion certificate from GTI. It is up to the home universities to determine if the classes can be accepted as credits toward their degrees.

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Travel and Arrival Info

The closest airport to NC State University is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). We recommend all accepted program participants fly into this airport on their program start date.

Please arrive during business hours from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, if possible; if you cannot find a flight that arrives during this time, let us know your flight information in advance. We will do our best to arrange transportation for whenever you arrive.

Summer Cancellation and Refund Policies

If you can no longer participate in NC State University summer in-person programs and choose to withdraw after you have confirmed your acceptance, please email with an official withdrawal request along with a brief explanation for the withdrawal. Refunds are issued on a case-by-case basis upon documentation of emergency circumstances.

The following table lists the schedule for a refund if you have already paid fees and your refund is approved by GTI program staff:

Withdrawal DateRefund
60 Days Before Program Start Date50% of total fees paid, -minus $50 USD administration fee
Campus Program Refund Schedule

If you are canceling your registration due to visa rejection, the NC State Global Training Initiative will refund 100% of total fees paid (minus the $50 USD administration fee) provided you email within 15 days from the date shown on the letter of rejection, before your program start date.

Your email must include the following:

  • An official withdrawal request
  • The official letter of visa denial issued by a U.S. Embassy.

We will begin to process refunds once the July program ends.

GTI will inform the participants if the program does not happen due to the low enrollment number by May 1, 2024. In this case, the participants can switch to other GTI programs without any change fee. Otherwise, GTI will refund 100% of the program fee to the original payment method (debit/credit card, etc.). The refund may take a few weeks.

GTI cannot refund payments made to other entities (U.S. State Department, airlines, etc.)