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Northwestern GESI Programs

This page outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for programs with Northwestern's Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your published program materials and requirements for the most current information and instructions.

Feel free to contact Krista Bethel, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services, if you have any questions not addressed in the sections below.

  • Deposit

    Northwestern students admitted to GESI programs are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

  • Student Visa Financial Certification

    In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

    If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support.

  • GESI Summer Scholarships

    NU students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarships for study abroad, including those offered by GESI in the summer. Students awarded GESI scholarships will see these awards reflected on their NU accounts.

    Contact GESI directly with any questions about applications, requirements, or deadlines.

  • NU Invoice

    Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your GESI program fee (tuition, room/board, insurance), as well as your program airfare. Refer to your program materials for exact costs and other estimated expenses abroad.

    If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account.

    If you are enrolled in the Northwestern 9PAY payment plan, you may still use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but the amount you owe each month may be different. Contact Krista Bethel just before your study abroad term for a billing estimate to calculate your 9PAY payments.

  • Withdrawal & Refund Policies
    If you withdraw or are dismissed from a GESI program after submitting your Program Confirmation form, you are subject to the Withdrawal & Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.