Study Abroad

"Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -- Mark Twain

The world is getting smaller and Northwestern University classrooms now extend well beyond the Evanston campus. Certainly the very best way to expand your study of international issues is to live and study in another country. In fact, students in virtually every field of study at NU can profit from study abroad.

Although study abroad is not a requirement of the major we highly encourage students to research study abroad opportunities while at Northwestern. We believe a study abroad experience is a crucial component of a well-rounded undergraduate experience. A study abroad experience will help you develop new perspectives on academic subjects and real world issues, achieve higher proficiency in your foreign language, experience personal and academic growth and develop valuable career skills. Northwestern provides many opportunities and partnerships with peer institutions to offer study abroad programs catered to each student’s interests and needs. Along with the Study Abroad Office, Northwestern’s unique departments, the Global Engagement Studies Institute, and the International Program Development office provide coordination and support for students interested in global engagement or professional development study abroad programs. Each of these opportunities will help shape your world view and help you become tomorrow’s global citizen.

The Study Abroad Office

The Study Abroad Office's current list of affiliated programs includes many programs in countries all over the world, including countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and North, Central, and South America. Some programs are university-based, meaning that students live in one place and commute to school to take university courses. Other programs are field-based, meaning that they focus more on fieldwork and independent research projects. Some programs specialize in a particular area of study--for example, music, political science, or social justice--while others are general programs, with a full range of university offerings.

Global Engagement Studies Institute

GESI provides opportunities in collaborative experiential learning—opportunities that develop global leaders while contributing to the sustainable development of communities in which students work and learn. These sites are run by GESI's on-the-ground partners and offer students the opportunity to address issues such as health, education, environment, youth, women’s empowerment, social enterprise development, and microfinance.

International Program Development

The Office of International Program Development (IPD) was created in 1998 to provide coordination and support to international efforts on campus and to work with all schools to promote internationalization and cross-school collaborations. IPD provides more than two dozen study abroad programs for undergraduate students. IPD develops and administers study abroad programs and exchanges that allow Northwestern students to study at premier institutions around the world.

To find funding opportunities for study abroad programs check out our research and prizes page.