Encouraging Study Abroad
Many students have never thought about study abroad or don’t realize that they can fit it into their plan of study. You can play a key role in disseminating and promoting the idea of study abroad to students.
Ways to encourage study abroad:
Advise freshmen to plan for study abroad
Students need to start thinking about and planning for study abroad early in their Northwestern careers. The sooner they start to do this, the more likely it is that they'll have a more meaningful study abroad experience.
Promote study abroad in your student interactions
Mention study abroad in your classes, during individual meetings with students, and at extracurricular activities in which you're involved, such as residential colleges and student organizations. You can also mention:
- Study abroad events like the annual Study Abroad Fair, information sessions, pre-departure and returnee events.
- Ways for students to stay up-to-date with what's happening in study abroad by signing up for the weekly Study Abroad newsletter Suggest that they visit our events calendar, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Tumblr.
Study Abroad Office staff would also be more than happy to visit your classes and participate in information sessions about the value of study abroad and the opportunities available.
Keep a supply of study abroad information on-hand
We’d be happy to provide you with a comprehensive list of programs, flyers for upcoming events, and other study abroad resource materials. Download informational and promotional materials on the right, or contact us for more.
Direct students with disabilities to study abroad resources
You can help students with physical and learning disabilities overcome the assumption that they can’t study abroad. Encourage them to plan ahead and access resources such as:
- NU Study Abroad Office: Study Abroad Advisers can provide information about reasonable accommodation abroad.
- Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD): This NU office will advise students and provide any needed documentation during the pre-departure process.
- Mobility International USA: This nonprofit organization's site offers many study abroad resources for students with disabilities.