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Extending Your Study Abroad Term

Northwestern encourages students to study abroad for the full year and if you would like to extend your stay, you may be able to do so but must receive Northwestern's approval prior to the start of the new term.

Complete the steps below to request approval:

1. Contact your program.

Determine if it is possible to extend your stay, including applicable deadlines and paperwork.

2. Email your Study Abroad Adviser. 

Explain why you would like to extend your term abroad. Your adviser will give you a deadline to complete the following steps. If you don’t know who your adviser is, review our Staff Profiles.

3. Email the Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services.

This step is necessary for anyone who receives financial aid through Northwestern. Krista Buda Bethel (krista@northwestern.edu) can discuss how extending your term might affect your aid package.

4. Email your WCAS major/minor adviser for approval, if applicable.

This step is only necessary for students who have any officially declared majors or minors in Weinberg. Send the major/minor adviser(s) an email indicating:

  • Your interest in extending your term of study abroad
  • The courses you are currently taking and plan to take next term

He or she need to confirm that your study abroad plans will work well with your major/minor. If your adviser approves, he or she must email your Study Abroad Adviser stating this approval. More information for your academic adviser(s) can be found in the Faculty/Advisers section.

5. Email your School Representative for approval.

Indicate:

  • Your interest in extending your term of study abroad
  • The courses you are currently taking and plan to take next term

He or she need to confirm that your study abroad plans will work well with your overall degree program. If your adviser approves, he or she must email your Study Abroad Adviser stating this approval. More information for your academic adviser(s) can be found in the Faculty/Advisers section.

6. Ask your parent/guardian to provide their approval.

He or she must email your Study Abroad Adviser stating this approval and acknowledging that s/he understands that you will be charged the appropriate Study Abroad Administrative Fee for the extended term.

7. Review the University Registration Requirement (URR) Policy to determine if/how your extension would affect your URR.

8. Contact HTH Worldwide Insurance to change your policy and extend coverage if HTH is not provided by your program. Complete this step after you have received notification from your Study Abroad Adviser that you have been approved to extend your stay.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions!