Steps to Study Abroad
1. Review the online guide to study abroad
Learn the nuts and bolts of study abroad at Northwestern, including academic information, money matters and much more, by reviewing the Online Guide to Study Abroad.
2. Research programs thoroughly
Also, stop by the office to read Program Evaluations from past students or contact past NU participants directly!
3. Stay connected to NU Study Abroad online
Find announcements about deadlines, upcoming events, and important news on our site. In addition to our website, you can follow NU Study Abroad on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter.
4. Learn about your school's policies for study abroad
Each school has written a letter for prospective study abroad students, which includes its policies and requirements:
- Bienen School of Music (pdf)
- McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science (pdf)
- Medill School of Journalism (pdf)
- School of Communication (pdf)
- School of Education & Social Policy (pdf)
- Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (pdf)
- School of Continuing Studies (pdf)
5. Schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser
Call the Study Abroad Office at 847-467-6400 to schedule a private advising appointment before you apply. This step is strongly recommended.
If you have general questions, you can also stop in for walk-in hours.
If you have questions about financial aid for study abroad, please call the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid at 847-491-7400 to schedule an appointment with Krista Buda Bethel, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services.
- 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)
- 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); Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies; Year of Study in Munich.
- 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 all Winter/Spring 2016 programs
- November 1, 2015: Final deadline for all Spring 2016 programs
- Programs administered by the Global Engagement Studies Institute: go to GESI Application Process.
- All other programs: go to Application Checklist.
7. Complete your program application(s) by their deadline(s)
In addition to the NU Study Abroad Application, you may be required to complete applications for your program(s) by their published deadline(s). Check to see if your program appears on the list of exceptions.
8. Apply for financial aid and scholarships
Northwestern University’s policy of meeting demonstrated need extends to students attending affiliated study abroad programs. Remember to apply early for financial aid and funding for study abroad.
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.If you have questions, talk to your study abroad adviser.