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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

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 or fill out this form to be paired up by the Study Abroad Office

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 and implications for study abroad
  • 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

submit your complete NU Study Abroad Application by the deadline

To apply:
Application Deadlines:

Spring quarter programs:

  • June 1st: Final deadline for Spring quarter programs in Japan
  • November 1st: Final deadline for all IPD Spring quarter programs.

Fall/Full-Year programs:

  • Early, final deadline for some programs, as follows:
    • December 15th: Earlham Japan Study at Waseda; Royal Academy of Music (RAM); GESI Scholarship Deadline.
    • January 15th: IPD Exchange 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. 
  • Final deadline:
    • February 10th: Final Fall/Full-Year deadline for all other programs not already listed under early deadlines.

Summer programs:

  • March 1st: All Summer programs.

Winter quarter programs:

  • June 1st: All Winter quarter programs.

Winter + Spring quarter programs:

  • Early, final deadline for some programs as follows:
    • June 1st:  IPD Exchange Programs; Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA); Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP); all Spring quarter programs in Japan.
  • Final deadline:
    • October 1st: Extended, final deadline for some Winter+Spring quarter programs administered by the Study Abroad Office. Contact the Study Abroad Office to determine if your program of interest is eligible for the October 1st deadline.

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 important steps:

  • When does your 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 your 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!