Where can I search for online courses?
You can search for online courses at http://courses.northcarolina.edu.
Where can I search for online programs?
You can search for whole online programs at http://programs.northcarolina.edu. We currently over 325 online degree and certificate programs across the UNC system.
When can I register for individual online courses?
Registration is open according to the schedule of the host campus (the campus which offers the course). Typically registration occurs for Fall between April and August, Spring between November and January, and Summer between March and May. Specific dates for for each campus can be found on their academic calendars:
Will this course count at my school?
Verify with your advisor that the course you want to take online from another campus will count toward your degree before you register for the course. Our Equivalency Finder should help you find courses that will count:
Can I take a course if I'm not a UNC system student?
Yes! Apply as a visiting student on the campus that offers the course. If the course you wish to take has prerequisites, you’ll need to show you’ve met those requirements before you register. For more information on how to become a visiting student on each of our campuses, click on the appropriate link below:
I am a faculty or staff member at a UNC institution. How do I take an online course?
Qualified UNC system faculty and staff members may take up to three courses per academic year (including most online courses) free of tuition and fees. For more information about this policy, please visit http://old.northcarolina.edu/hr/ga/benefits/educational/index.htm.Ask your HR department for the forms to get permission to register as a faculty or staff member.
What is a proctored exam?
Some online courses require students to take exams in a supervised environment. This helps faculty members verify online students’ identities and ensures academic integrity. Exams are proctored through a local proctor or proctoring center, or, if an exam is online, through ProctorU, an online webcam-based proctoring service. ProctorU is not an option for online+paper, paper, or offline computer based exams.
Do all online courses require proctored exams?
Not all. Faculty members decide if courses require proctored exams. Ask your instructor if you’re unsure if a course requires proctored exams.
Are students responsible for proctoring fees?
Yes, students are solely responsible for all proctoring fees. You can compare the fees charged by different proctors on UNC Online. Proctoring fees are posted for each proctoring site and for ProctorU.
Can I get a refund for missed exams?
If you have a documented, valid justification for missing an online exam, you may be entitled to a refund for your exam fee. (Forgetting to take the exam at the scheduled time is not valid justification.) You will have to coordinate with you proctor or proctoring center for a refund.To request a refund of your exam fee from ProctorU, write firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school, date and time of appointment, and reason for missing or canceling the exam appointment. ProctorU will determine if you’re due a refund of their fees.
Are online courses free?
Online courses offered for credit in the UNC system require tuition and fees. Non-degree-seeking students must register with the campus offering their desired course as a visiting student. More information about the process can be found by clicking here. Each campus charges tuition and fees for online courses differently. For campus-specific information about tuition and fees, click on the appropriate link below (Note that some campuses list online tuition and fees under “distance education”):
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Do I have to meet prerequisites for online courses?
Many courses listed in UNC Online do have prerequisite coursework, licenses, or professional work. In order to register for these courses, you must be able to show that you meet these prerequisites. For prerequisite coursework, academic transcripts can be used to show completion. Foreign language courses may require placement tests. If you have questions about the prerequisites for a specific course (including waiving the prerequisite), please email the faculty member teaching the course.
Can international students enroll in UNC Online courses?
Yes. All J-1 and F-1 nonimmigrant students must speak with their international student advisor and academic advisor prior to enrolling in a course through UNC Online.