Established in 1899, Appalachian State University offers world-class academics as part of the University of North Carolina system and breathtaking location in the North Carolina mountains, Appalachian is a destination of choice for students from around the globe. International students find the Appalachian campus to be a safe, friendly and convenient learning environment in which to meet lifelong friends and invigorating academic challenges.
Students at Appalachian State University live and learn in a remarkable place. The stunning beauty of their surroundings, the arts and cultural events and many opportunities for outdoor recreation that make Boone, North Carolina and the surrounding area a popular vacation destination also make this an amazing location in which to live and learn.
Boone's collaborative campus and community environment contributed to our town being named by Trip Advisor as America's No. 2 "diamond in the rough" town; one of National Geographic magazine's "Best Places to Live and Play;" Outside magazine's top 10 "Best Towns in America" and SafeWise.com's "50 Safest Cities in North Carolina."
Are you driven to learn in academically challenging settings? Appalachian's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina provides unique opportunities for research and scholarship.
Appalachian encourages opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects alongside their professors. Their work is showcased during the annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors held on campus as well as at professional conferences in the region and across the United States.
Appalachian offers more than 60 graduate degree and certificate programs, which prepare students for success in the work force as well as in life. At Appalachian, they say that "Masters Matter", and their graduate students agree. Under the mentorship of their professors, graduate students often conduct primary research, are published and present at professional conferences.
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Shohei Tsutsumi from Osaka, Japan is the first student from Japan to earn a degree in Master of Arts in Appalachian studies. Tsutsumi was drawn to the University for its bluegrass music and culture. After meeting and playing for the university’s director of the Center for Appalachain Studies, Tsutsumi was offered a scholarship to attend the University because of his talent and interest in music.
““I really want to experience the life and culture more closely,I think there is a need for this kind of cultural experience. I think someone like me would be interested in Appalachian culture, like it could change their life. Because totally, my encounter with this music and culture changed my life.” Tsutsumi
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Heather Guy, from the United Kingdom, recently graduated with a Master of Arts in geography from Appalachian. She found the University while searching to do fieldwork for climate change in remote locations. An advertisement for a graduate research assistant position with the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian caught Guy’s eye.
“The advertisement I saw ticked all of the boxes,” she said, adding that it was the encouragement she received from everyone she spoke with at Appalachian, along with the small university environment and her ability to secure sufficient funding, that finalized her decision to attend Appalachian.
“Because Appalachian is a small institution, you get a very personal experience, and you can form relationships with the faculty and staff, which, in addition to making your time here enjoyable, can open doors to new opportunities and allow you to personalize your degree,” Guy said.
Learn more about Guy’s research about climate change at Appalachian