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Non-Northwestern Summer Programs

Considering a Non-Northwestern Summer program? Use the following information to guide your selection:

Northwestern requirements

If you are interested in transferring credit back from a Non-NU Summer program, your selected program must work within the following Northwestern requirements:

  • Program start date: Pay close attention to the program's start date. Many summer programs begin in late May or early June, when Northwestern students are not eligible to participate due to Spring Quarter exams.
  • Program length: The Study Abroad Office strongly recommends that students participate in 4-6 week programs (6-8 weeks for language programs).
  • Courses: Students must take courses that: 1) are transferable to NU, 2) are taken for official letter grades and earn the equivalent of a C or above, 3) have at least 30 contact hours.
  • Credits: Students must enroll in a minimum of 2 semester credits to a maximum of 10 semester credits total on their program. (2 semester credits = 1 NU quarter credit, 10 semester credits = 4 NU quarter credits). Note that courses worth 1 semester credit will not transfer to NU.
  • Study abroad transcript: If the program you're interested in is not on the Non-NU Summer Recommended List below, the Study Abroad Office may need to verify with the Office of the Registrar that the transcript can be accepted by NU.

Tools for your program search

1. The following search engines are useful to find programs:

2. Visit websites of universities and study abroad institutions that run the academic year programs on our affiliated list. Many also run summer programs.

3. If you are interested in participating in a language intensive program, talk with faculty in the language departments at Northwestern. They will help you identify high quality programs specializing in language instruction.

non-NU summer Recommended list

Northwestern is not affiliated with these programs, but students have participated in them during past years and have been eligible to transfer credit. You can review student evaluations of these programs at the Study Abroad Office.

Interested in a program not listed below? Your next step is to contact the Study Abroad Office to determine if the credits are transferable to NU or if you'll need to explore other options. Review the Steps to Apply for a Non-NU Summer Program for more details.






steps to apply for non-Nu Summer programs

If you are seeking credit at NU for your Non-NU Summer program, you must apply for permission to study abroad through the Study Abroad Office by the March 1st deadline.  Review the Steps to Apply for Non-NU Summer programs for details on how to proceed.

Students pursuing a summer program for the experience only and are not interested in transferring credit back to Northwestern (at any time in the future) are NOT required to apply through the Study Abroad Office for permission to study abroad.

Money Matters

Billing arrangements

Students attending Non-NU summer study abroad programs will be billed by Northwestern for the NU Study Abroad Administrative Fee (SAAF).

The SAAF for summer 2014 is $850. If you are approved and have confirmed your participation on time, you will be billed through CAESAR for the SAAF on May 10th. Students who confirm or are approved late will be billed for the SAAF on June 10th.

The host institution or program will bill you directly for tuition, room, board, and/or any other fees. You are responsible for paying all program charges directly to your program or institution. Contact your program for payment deadlines. If a program mistakenly bills Northwestern instead of you, we will forward the bill and contact the program about the error.

Financial aid

Students applying to Non-NU summer study abroad programs are not eligible to receive any financial aid from Northwestern, and Northwestern will not enter into any kind of financial or consortium agreement with another institution for the purposes of processing federal aid for Non-NU summer programs.

Some scholarships may be available through your program sponsor or host institution. Contact the program directly for information, applications, and deadlines. You may also apply for outside scholarships or funding to help with the cost of your non-NU summer program.

Paying deposits

Check with your program office for information on any required deposits, which must be paid to the program, not to the Study Abroad Office.

Arranging and paying for flights

You are responsible for making your own flight reservations and payments according to your program's specific dates and rules. Some programs include international group airfare in their program costs. Consult your program office or program literature for more detailed advice.

For more information

Contact Krista Buda Bethel, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services, at (847) 491-7400.