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Western Carolina University

  • Western Carolina University (WCU) was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now supports a population of over 10,000 students.WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region. Their academic programs span more than 120 specialities - including the nation?s highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, an award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program and the nation?s first accredited emergency medical care program.

  • Cullowhee is located in North Carolina near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, which are the state?s most treasured natural wonders, just west of Asheville.With a population of approximately 9,500 the WCU campus has a pervasive presence in the town. As a result Cullowhee has a youthful and energetic atmosphere that is warm and welcoming to students.

  • WCU was announced as the no. 1 University for outdoor adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, according to the Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.


Main areas of study

The listed areas of study are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the partner institution. Moreover, names for fields of study may be different overseas.A discipline being listed does not in indicate the suitability of the program, nor does it indicate that the discipline is taught in English.Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisors at RMIT University and subject to available places at the host institution.

Language requirements

Programs are taught in English.Open to RMIT Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.Open to students from any compatible discipline.

Additional information


Listed study areas

  • Accounting
  • Business administration and Law
  • Chemistry
  • Communication, journalism and media
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Construction and project management
  • Economics, Finance and Marketing
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Fine and visual art
  • Graphic and communication design
  • Health and physical education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information technology
  • Interior design
  • International studies
  • Justice and legal
  • Languages, translating and interpreting
  • Management
  • Mathematics, statistics and analytics
  • Music and audiovisual
  • Nursing and allied health
  • Psychology
  • Public policy
  • Screen and media
  • Social work
  • Teacher education

Full time load


US credits


US credits

3 US credits

RMIT credits



There are on-campus housing options available for exchange students.

Health insurance

RMIT Students are required to purchase additional Health Insurance, and will be required to pay upon arrival.

This is in addition to the Travel Insurance provided by RMIT University

More information


Exchange students need a J-1 visa to study in the US which requires an interview at the US Embassy.

Further information is available here.

Partner grading scale

Low demand


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