"My biggest takeaway has been that you always need to be flexible. People will always surprise you, both good and bad, and you need to be willing and able to adapt. Especially if you want to make the most of your experience."
The Center for Global Programs is committed to providing students with cross-cultural opportunities.
At UNW, our Center for Global Programs is dedicated to helping students find study abroad programs. While offering options that support spiritual growth and future career goals.
There are study abroad options for all majors. Our dedicated staff will work with you to find courses that can fulfill degree requirements.
Take the next step towards studying abroad by scheduling an appointment below.
"I wanted to study abroad to not only travel and see the world but to experience and appreciate different cultures and to overcome challenges of not only traveling but of living in another country, to gain a greater understanding of the world."
My [Spanish] host mom told me "We work to live and you live to work," I've decided I want to make sure to prioritize family and friends in my life over solely bettering myself.
Where can I study?
Northwestern has partnered with numerous program partners to offer study abroad options for any major.
As a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Northwestern has partnered with the following organizations to offer these unique programs:
Semester and Major Specific Options:
- Political Science majors can study in Washington D.C. with CCCU Global Ed
- Spanish majors choose to study in Costa Rica with Students International or in Spain with Semester in Spain
All other majors can study for a Summer or Semester with one of Northwestern's approved program partners:
- American College of Greece: The American College of Greece | Study Abroad at ACG
- International Studies Abroad (ISA)
- LCC International University Lithuania
- Liverpool Hope University
- Stranmillis University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Veritas Christian Study Abroad
- Take Fine Arts and Literature core curriculum courses in Italy (All Majors)
Major Specific Programs
Here are just a few options in our degree programs:
How to Get Started
- Students can choose from short-term faculty led programs, full semester, or summer options.
- Meet with Global Programs advisor, Kendra Sundeen, in NAZ4116 for more program details and individual advising.
- Explore approved study away programs to find a good fit.
- Talk with student study abroad alumni to learn about their experience and ask questions to learn more.
- Traditional undergraduates
- Minimum GPA 2.25
- 18+ years old
- Completed at least 1 UNW semester
Map it Out:
- Meet with the Global Programs advisor
- Meet with your Academic Advisor
- Meet with Registrar for course approvals
- Meet with Financial Aid
- March 15 (Fall Terms)
- October 15 (Spring Terms)
- Apply to the program
- Complete forms
- Obtain a passport and visa if needed
- Explore additional scholarships and apply for them
Frequently Asked Questions
Matriculated students 18 years or older, with a minimum GPA of 2.25 and one completed semester at Northwestern are eligible to study abroad.
With a home tuition model, students pay Northwestern tuition, room, and fees. Northwestern then remits the program costs directly to the program partners.
Students may be considered for financial assistance for full-time off-campus study. In order to be considered for financial assistance (i.e., Federal and/or State) through University of Northwestern, the program must be recognized by the University, the student must have established at least one semester of enrollment on campus (two semesters on campus if the student desires to be considered for institutional aid), and the student must meet program qualifications.
Students can use all of their Federal and State aid as long as they remain an enrolled Northwestern student. In addition, students may apply for Off-Campus Studies Assistance.
Students are responsible for travel costs for the majority of the programs.
The campus deadline is October 15 for all Spring Semester programs and March 15th for all Summer and Fall Semester programs.