Steps to Study Abroad
1. Review the Study Abroad Guide
Learn about the nuts and bolts of study abroad including academic and financial considerations, the application process, and more. You can download a copy (pdf) or pick one up at the Study Abroad Office.
2. Research programs thoroughly
Why do you want to study abroad? Where do you want to go? Choosing a study abroad program is an exciting process!
Browse programs online by region, country, or term, and stop by our office to read evaluations from past students.
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 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, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services.
6. schedule an appointment with university career services (UCS)
Call UCS at 847-491-3700 to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss how your study abroad plans will impact your career goals. Whether you are planning for an internship or job search in the near future, it is important to connect with UCS before, during and after your study abroad experience - a Career Counselor can help you navigate your study abroad career considerations!
- January 7, 2013: Early deadline for Fall 2013 and Full Year 2013-14 for Arcadia-Oxford University; Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP); Earlham Japan Study at Waseda (Earlham's deadline is January 1!); Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies; Royal Academy of Music (RAM)
- February 15, 2013: Fall 2013 and Full Year 2013-14
- March 1, 2013: Summer 2013
- June 1, 2013: Winter/Spring 2014
- November 1, 2013: IPD Spring 2014 programs
- Programs administered by the Global Engagement Studies Institute: go to GESI Application Process.
- All other programs: go to Application Checklist.
8. complete your program application(s) by their deadline(s)
In addition to the Northwestern 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.
9. 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.
Students who attend unaffiliated programs and Non-NU Summer programs are not eligible for any form of Northwestern financial aid.
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.