Life at UNC-Chapel Hill

TAM is housed in the Center for European Studies in the FedEx Global Education Center at 301 Pittsboro St., on the UNC-CH campus. Dr. John Stephens, who is the site director for TAM-Chapel Hill, has his office in this building, as does Dr. Sarah Hutchison, TAM's Associate Director. UNC-CH's FedEx Global Education Center is a stunning building that houses all of the Area Studies Centers on campus as well as the Study Abroad Office and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. A coffee shop is located on the first floor.

TAM also draws on many of the rich resources of the University, one of the leading public universities in the nation. Students may use the university's computer labs and libraries, health center, and enjoy the many cultural events offered on campus. TAM students also have the opportunity to meet and interact with scholars teaching at the university, while video-conferenced seminars allow them to learn from experts at institutions around the world.

Housing and Facilities

On-Campus Housing

There is an on-campus housing option for TAM students, but you should seriously weigh the pros and cons of on- vs. off-campus living before making a decision. Though on-campus housing is convenient, close to campus, and relatively inexpensive, it does resemble undergrad living, i.e. you can't generally cook in your rooms, you will be living in cramped quarters, you will be living with undergrads, and you may have difficulties studying in your room. But if you want to make sure that you do have a room, then on-campus housing may be an alternative for you. Please see UNC Student Affairs for more details.

Off-Campus Housing

One resource for off-campus housing is the online real estate classified ads, The Village Advocate. You can also contact real estate management services.

Please also see the UNC-CH off-campus housing site.

In addition, remember to consider the following: whether utilities such as gas, water, and electricity are included in the rent, whether laundry facilities are available, and if a security deposit is necessary.


International Housing

Your cost of living will obviously depend heavily on the sites of your study progam and your choice of residence in those cities. You will need to seek housing before the start of classes at each site. However, you should wait to make housing arrangements for the overseas modules until you have passed your language screening at UNC in the fall.

Guide to Studying in Europe

Students planning to study abroad often have many questions, not only about the academic environment, but about the culture, the city, and the simple logistics of orchestrating a temporary stay in another country. Please see the site-specific guides below for this type of information.

Amsterdam (PDF)

Barcelona (PDF)

Bath (PDF)

Berlin (PDF)

Bremen Student Guide, Bremen Student Office, and Bremen Info Book (in German and English)


Sciences Po

Prague (PDF)

Siena (PDF)

Additional resources for students can be found at the European Commission's Study in Europe section.

Guide to Studying in Ankara, Turkey

Coming soon!

Libraries, Catalogues, Online Journals

University of North Carolina Main Library Systems links to the Triangle Research Libraries Network, where you can search the libraries of Duke University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University, and follow links to electronic journals, electronic indexes and databases, and a virtual reference desk. The UNC librarians have even created a library website just for TAM, with relevant research links and resources.

EU Information Sources

EUTube Channel


Campus Health

All UNC students are required to have health insurance. Eligible students are required to either purchase the UNC System-Wide Health Insurance Plan or WAIVE with another creditable health insurance plan. Click here to learn about the mandatory health insurance hard waiver process and the UNC System-Wide Student Health Insurance Plan. Visit Campus Health Services to learn more about available student services.