At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.
International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:
For this program, you do not need to submit financial documentation with your initial application. You will need to submit financial documentation about 6-8 weeks before you plan to arrive in the U.S. for your coursework (and again each time you travel to campus). The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can pay for the cost of tuition and living expenses for the days that you will be in the U.S. This is required before we can provide you with a DS-2019 form, which you will need when you apply for a J1 visa.
Given the reality of transferring classes across programs from different institutions, it's unlikely that all of your sign language and interpreting courses will count towards the 80 credits needed within the major.
For example, the ASLIS department will not accept the following courses for the ASLEI program:
Students are considered transfer students if they have completed any college-level coursework after completing high school. As part of your UNC application, you will need to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
Please visit the Transfer of Credits pages on the UNC Office of the Registrar website for information about:
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"The ASLEI program is top notch and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it! The instructors are AMAZING and the amount of time they invest in each student by providing detailed feedback, support and encouragement is a true gift. This program has challenged me to strive to be the best interpreter that I can be for those that I have the privilege to work with."
– Sharnett Thomas Barker, ASLEI online program student
"As a working educational interpreter, this program was the best fit for me professionally! The content discussed in each class applied to my work and the professors were phenomenal. They challenged me to set high standards for myself and encouraged me along the way. If anyone is considering this bachelors program – go ahead and take the plunge, you will not be disappointed!"
– Jenna Thornwall, ASLEI online program graduate
"I grew up interpreting within my family. When I decided to become an interpreter, I felt that I should understand the theory, the culture and the language, so that I would be able to grow in my career and not plateau."
– Janina Witteborg, ASLEI online program graduate
"I had a good support system with my peers, and the educators are well known through the interpreting community, so their reputation preceded them. They all have published work and I was able to really connect with several of them."
– Tiffany Harding, ASLEI online program graduate