UNC–Chapel Hill undergraduates can spend anywhere from two to four semesters at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and receive a joint Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics from both institutions. Qualified UNC–Chapel Hill students will have at least a 3.3 GPA and can apply for the joint degree beginning in the second semester of their first year until the second semester of their junior year. UNC joint degree students can decide how many semesters (between two and four) and at which point in their undergraduate career they would like to study at NUS, so long as it is after their first year at Carolina.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. These include a total of 60 hours in the major (including as many as six to 12 hours of honors work if applicable) and 45 hours of general education requirements. The remaining 15 hours consist of electives, the supplemental general education requirement (either distributive or integrative option), and possibly one minor. All general education and graduation requirements of both UNC–Chapel Hill and NUS must be met. A detailed listing of the requirements for both schools and how to satisfy those requirements is available from the UNC Study Abroad Office.