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Study Abroad

Programs, residencies, exchanges and research around the world.

Global Study

About half of our students choose to supplement their academic studies with study abroad programs around the globe.

Programs are as diverse as our students, with experiences that range from field studies and service learning experiences to internships and clinical research opportunities and more.

Undergraduate Study Abroad

Each year, more than 700 undergraduates study abroad. They choose from more than 150 affiliated study abroad programs on six continents around the world.

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Through the Office of Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA) and the Buffett Institute's Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI), Northwestern offers credit-bearing study abroad, exchange, and academic internship opportunities. Some programs provide students with the opportunity to conduct original research, often using fieldwork methods.

Students can choose from more than 150 programs, either created and sponsored by Northwestern or approved ULA. Either way, students can receive credit for coursework completed and have a truly life-changing experience. 

Featured Study Abroad Programs

Northwestern develops and administers more than 40 study abroad programs and exchanges that allow students to study at premier institutions around the world. Explore just a few of these programs.

Graduate Options Abroad

Graduate and professional students can take advantage of international opportunities through individual schools and programs. Options include joint-program degrees, medial rotations, externships and exchanges.

  • Feinberg School of Medicine: Center for Global Health offers funding for research and educational opportunities abroad.
  • McCormick School of Engineering: Global Initiatives offers a Global Initiative Student Ambassador awards and helps students part in scholarly activities in other countries.
  • Kellogg School of Management: Global Opportunities offers an executive MBA network on seven Kellogg campuses, exchange programs in 20 countries and the Global Initiatives in Management Program.
  • Pritzker School of Law: International Programs Office offers exchange programs with seven universities around the world and international joint degree options in Spain and France.
  • Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications: Medill Global offers journalism residencies in Argentina, Qatar and South Africa, as well as course-related trips to travel and report abroad.

Conduct Research Overseas

Each year, our Circumnavigators Travel Grant sends a Northwestern student around the world, researching a topic of his or her choice. It's just one of the many opportunities for students to conduct research abroad.

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