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Steps to Study Abroad

Review the study abroad guide

  • The Study Abroad Guide is the comprehensive resource regarding the nuts and bolts of study abroad at Northwestern.
  • It covers academic information (credit enrollment abroad, credit transfer), money matters (how billing and financial aid work), health and safety matters as well as identity and diversity considerations.

Research programs & options

  • Consult Choosing A Study Abroad Program to identify your reasons for studying abroad and what you hope to gain from the experience. This will help you choose a program and focus on your priorities while abroad.
  • Use the search engine to browse programs online by region, country, or term.
  • Visit the office to read Program Evaluations from past students or contact NU returnees directly!

Meet with a peer adviser

  • Once you've narrowed down your choices to a region, country, or even a specific program, Peer Advisers are a fantastic resource for learning more about being a student abroad.
  • Peer Advisers are available any time. Contact them directly to set up a meeting!

Stay connected to the study abroad office

  • Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter for announcements about deadlines, upcoming events, and important news.
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Learn about your school's policies for study abroad

Each School at Northwestern has its own policies for study abroad. Read the NU School Letters for more information.

Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser

consult with a career adviser

  • Discuss career implications of studying abroad with Northwestern Career Advancement or your school's career office
  • Understand industry timelines for finding jobs and internships
  • Discuss opportunities you might engage in while abroad to further career aspirations
  • Sign up for CareerCat, the main internship and job database for both On-Campus Recruiting and direct application opportunities

Complete & submit your NU Study Abroad Application by the deadline

To apply:

Application Deadlines:

  • November 1, 2014: Final deadline for Spring 2015 programs. 
  • December 15, 2014: Final deadline for Fall 2015 and Full Year 2015-16 for the following programs: Earlham Japan Study at Waseda; Royal Academy of Music (RAM).  GESI Scholarship Deadline.
  • January 15, 2015: Final deadline for Fall 2015 and Full Year 2015-16 for the following programs: Arcadia-Oxford University; Arcadia-King's Health and Society; Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP); Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS); Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM); Year of Study in Munich. GESI Scholarship Deadline.
  • February 10, 2015: Final deadline for Fall 2015 and Full Year 2015-16 for all other programs
  • March 1, 2015: Final deadline for all Summer 2015 programs
  • June 1, 2015: Final deadline for the following programs: Winter 2016; IPD Winter/Spring 2016 programs (including Exchange Programs); CASB; Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP); Spring 2016 programs in Japan
  • October 1, 2015: Final deadline for all other Winter/Spring 2016 programs administered by the Study Abroad Office (Note: Deadline to apply to IPD Winter/Spring 2016 Exchange programs is June 1st!)
  • November 1, 2015: Final deadline for all IPD Spring 2016 programs

Complete your program application(s) by their deadline(s)

  • In addition to the NU Study Abroad Application, you must complete applications for your program(s) by their published deadline(s).
  • If your program appears on the list of exceptions, you do not need to complete an addiitonal application.

Apply for financial aid and scholarships

Other steps to consider:

  • When does my passport expire? Generally, your passport needs to be valid for six months after your planned date of return to the U.S. Check your expiration date, and if necessary, begin the application/renewal process as soon as possible!
  • When are my program's application deadlines and what are the program's requirements? This information is available on your program sponsor’s website.
  • Other questions? Talk to your study abroad adviser!