Fulbright Fellow selects Belk College for graduate study

A student in the Belk College’s Master of Science in Economics program is one of the first Foreign Fulbright Fellows to enroll at UNC Charlotte.

Dirk Feldrappe from Obertrebra, Germany chose UNC Charlotte because “the Belk College of Business has an outstanding reputation in the world of finance and an extraordinary network to a lot of companies.”Dirk also says he appreciates the historical connections of North Carolina with Germany as well as the vibrant German community in Charlotte.

Sponsored by the U. S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program brings citizens from around the world to the United States for graduate study and research. Many Foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service. More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year.

According to Graduate School officials, UNC Charlotte was approved as a destination institution last November to receive Foreign Fulbright Fellows “in consideration of the caliber of teaching, research, and community engagement at the University.” The Graduate School enrolled new students this fall from more than 23 different counties.