• NC State University Student Program Class

Collaboration with NC State

Key Benefits

Increased International Exposure for the University through Multilingual Communication

Steady Growth of International Student Recruitment

Higher Levels of Student Preparation and Holistic Success

Research found that New Mind graduates cope better with stress and have higher cultural intelligence than their fellow international peers.

University Performance Program

The University Performance Program (UPP) is an individualized student-advising and development system tailored for first-year international students. Co-designed by New Mind Education and North Carolina State University, UPP’s goal is to help international students become fully-acclimated, achieve holistic success, and turn their study abroad journey into a transformative experience.

UNIFY

Today, international students must learn as much culturally as they do intellectually. Through a group of passionate, multicultural and experienced educators and advisors, UPP students learn to recognize differences between cultures, become familiar with new ways of communicating and learning, and connect with people through empathy and confidence.

EVOLVE

The study abroad experience can create contrasting feelings of absolute wonder and isolation. However, if a connection is made and individuals engage with the culture, people, and communities, true learning will happen. Program graduates not only develop the tools to evolve as active learners, they believe curiosity, participation, and a growth mindset will set the stage for a new way of learning and interacting in the world.

TRANSFORM

Leadership is less about power over others than about the power of knowing yourself and remaining focused in the midst of new experiences. With the help of UPP, learners envision who they want to be and persistently reach their goals. Successful UPP graduates are defined by having a strong sense of self awareness, community engagement and global service.

Program Components

Advising

Multilingual advisors keep students engaged in their classes and personal development plans. UPP’s purposeful curriculum and low advisor-to-student ratio puts the focus on each individual student’s growth.

Student Life

American university experiences should be more than sitting at a desk and studying. Each semester, UPP offers students a series of curated activities to increase their access to communities, explore new interests, interact with diverse groups, and give back by sharing their culture and volunteering their time.

Seminars

Designed and taught by seasoned and passionate international educators, UPP seminars reveal aspects of US culture that students may not have considered relevant to achieving success during their transition. Interests-driven topics and small group settings provide a safe space for inquiry, dialogue and reflection.

Field Trips

Twice a year, overnight field trips provide students a powerful way to explore the cultural and geographic magnificence of their host region. At the heart of each trip are many student-selected outdoor adventures and activities with strong curricular focus. These activities range from openness to US history, slavery, and racism.

Major & Career Exploration

UPP provides students with opportunities to engage in self-exploration and to visit local research labs and companies. With interests and strengths being honed and comprehensive college plans being developed, students are empowered to become better prepared to succeed in an increasingly globalized environment.

Foundational Services

Cultural immersion is a process, and no one should face it alone. UPP provides foundational services to ensure international students’ basic needs are met. By offering services, including room and board, insurance, transportation, and others, UPP helps to alleviate stress and facilitate a smooth cultural transition.

The Program Experience by the Numbers

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UPP @ NCSU Pricing

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Undergraduate Direct Admission
2020-2021 Estimated Cost* of Attendance for UPP Students at NC State
NCSU TUITION & FEES 1 $15,893
UPP TUITION2 $13,980
HOUSING AND MEAL PLAN3- Apartment $8,831
HEALTH INSURANCE & SUPPORT4 $1,970
ORIENTATION & SUMMER SESSION5 $4,790
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEE $3,630
ACTIVITY FEE6 $2,520
TOTAL $51,614

*Note that this is ONLY AN ESTIMATE of the program cost. All costs are subject to change without notice; please refer to your final invoice for the actual cost of the program.
1. NCSU Tuition and Fees covers one semester of NCSU Tuition and Fees. For Engineering students, additional $750/semester Engineering Program Enhancement fee will be billed to students after the semester starts.
2. UPP Tuition covers First-year Seminars, Weekly 1-on-1 Advising, and Academic Support for two semesters.
3. Housing and Meal Plan covers two semester Apartment Style housing and one semester of 150 Block Plan.
4. Health Insurance and Support covers August 2020 – May 2021, including immunization package, travel insurance and medical-related support from UPP staff. Please refer to your insurance card for specific coverage details.
5. Orientation and Summer Session covers pre-arrival communication, extended orientation and summer housing.
6. More than 30+ intercultural activities and two Field Trips during Fall and Spring breaks are included.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission
2020-2021 Estimated Cost* of Attendance for UPP Students at NC State
IEP TUITION & FEES 1 $13,630
UPP TUITION2 $13,980
HOUSING AND MEAL PLAN3- Apartment $8,831
HEALTH INSURANCE & SUPPORT4 $1,970
ORIENTATION & SUMMER SESSION5 $4,790
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEE $3,630
ACTIVITY FEE6 $2,520
TOTAL $49,351

*Note that this is ONLY AN ESTIMATE of the program cost. All costs are subject to change without notice; please refer to your final invoice for the actual cost of the program.
1. IEP Tuition and Fees covers two semesters of IEP study. If students complete IEP program earlier than two semesters, remaining IEP tuition will credit to students’ NCSU undergraduate tuition. Students will be responsible for the differences. If students participate in Pathway Program, students will be responsible for additional ~$3340 for a credit-bearing course.
2. UPP Tuition covers First-year Seminars, Weekly 1-on-1 Advising, and Academic Support for two semesters.
3. Housing and Meal Plan covers two semester Apartment Style housing and one semester of 150 Block Plan.
4. Health Insurance and Support covers August 2020 – May 2021, including immunization package, travel insurance and medical-related support from UPP staff. Please refer to your insurance card for specific coverage details.
5. Orientation and Summer Session covers pre-arrival communication, extended orientation and summer housing.
6. More than 30+ intercultural activities and two Field Trips during Fall and Spring breaks are included.

Graduate Conditional Admission
2020-2021 Estimated Cost* of Attendance for UPP Students at NC State
IEP TUITION & FEES 1 $13,630
UPP TUITION2 $13,980
HOUSING AND MEAL PLAN3- Apartment $8,831
HEALTH INSURANCE & SUPPORT4 $1,970
ORIENTATION & SUMMER SESSION5 $4,790
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEE $3,630
ACTIVITY FEE6 $2,520
TOTAL $49,351

*Note that this is ONLY AN ESTIMATE of the program cost. All costs are subject to change without notice; please refer to your final invoice for the actual cost of the program.
1. IEP Tuition and Fees covers two semesters of IEP study. If students complete IEP program earlier than two semesters, remaining IEP tuition will credit to students’ NCSU undergraduate tuition. Students will be responsible for the differences. If students participate in Pathway Program, students will be responsible for additional ~$3340 for a credit-bearing course.
2. UPP Tuition covers First-year Seminars, Weekly 1-on-1 Advising, and Academic Support for two semesters.
3. Housing and Meal Plan covers two semester Apartment Style housing and one semester of 150 Block Plan.
4. Health Insurance and Support covers August 2020 – May 2021, including immunization package, travel insurance and medical-related support from UPP staff. Please refer to your insurance card for specific coverage details.
5. Orientation and Summer Session covers pre-arrival communication, extended orientation and summer housing.
6. More than 30+ intercultural activities and two Field Trips during Fall and Spring breaks are included.

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