Non-Northwestern Summer Programs
Considering a Non-Northwestern Summer program? Use the following information to guide your selection:
- Northwestern requirements
- Tools for your program search
- Non-NU Summer Recommended List
- Steps to Apply for Non-NU Summer programs
- Money matters
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.
1. The following search engines are useful to find programs:
- CIC Alliance for Expanded Study in Overseas Programs (Programs offered by Big 10 Schools)
- IIE Passport (Institute of International Education Study Abroad Directory)
2. Visit websites of universities and study abroad institutions that run the academic year programs on our affiliated list. Many also run summer programs.
- Alliance for Global Education
- American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR)
- Arcadia University, College of Global Studies
- The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
- Danish Institute for Study Abroad
- Duke University
- IES Abroad
- The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler)
- London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
- School for International Training (SIT)
- Syracuse University Abroad (SU Abroad)
- University of Minnesota
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.
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.
- Boston University (Summer in Peru, Summer in Argentina)
- CIC-Laval, Quebec
- Duke University (OTS Costa Rica Summer Program)
- McGill University Summer Session in Montreal
- University of Minnesota in Venezuela
- University of Pennsylvania Summer Program in Argentina
- The Alliance for Global Education: Contemporary India Summer Program
- Alliance for Global Education China programs, various locations
- Ewha International Co-Ed Summer School
- Japan Summer Language Institute in Hokkaido through HIF
- Korea University International Summer Campus
- Seoul National University
- SIT-India Summer Program
- Yonsei International Summer School
- ACTR-Russian Language and Area Studies (be sure to check start dates; generally begins in early June)
- Arcadia University Summer Programs, various locations
- CIEE Abroad Summer Programs, various locations
- Duke in Oxford Program
- Duke in Geneva Program
- Georgetown University Overseas Studies (Tours, France and other various locations)
- Georgia Tech Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Program in London
- IES Abroad Summer Programs, various locations
- IFSA-Butler Summer Programs, various locations
- Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
- London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) Summer Session
- Loyola University Chicago: Summer program in Rome
- New York University Summer Abroad Programs (Paris, Dublin, London and other various locations)
- Penn Summer Abroad (various locations)
- Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies in León, Spain
- Temple in Oviedo, Spain
- The School of Russian & Asian Studies (SRAS)
- University of Minnesota in Montpellier, France
- University of Sussex International Summer School
- Villanova University Summer Program in Cadiz, Spain
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.
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.
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.
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.