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Application Steps

Step 1: Start Your Application

Applications open in early November each year. Start your application right away, even if you are not completely certain of your first-choice program selection. If you need to change your first-choice program, email your program adviser.

Northwestern Study Abroad Application

Step 2: Complete Time-Sensitive Requirements

Complete Interviews

Complete Interviews

Most programs do not have an interview requirement. Only exchanges and some Northwestern programs require an interview as part of the application. Learn more about interview requirements or review the Program-Specific Requirements section of the application to learn if this applies to you. Request an appointment early; calendars fill up quickly.


Note: If your GPA is below 2.5, you will also need a Letter of Recommendation from a Northwestern professor. Make this request early to allow time to write the letter before the deadline. Learn more about this process.

Step 3: Complete Other Application Requirements

In addition to meeting with academic advisers and completing interviews, within the application you will also need to:

  • Write a two-part personal statement
  • Complete program-specific requirements
  • Upload your unofficial transcript
  • Review and sign the student agreement

Details on all of these requirements can be found in the Northwestern study abroad application. Plan to complete all sections of the application by the deadline for competitive consideration for your selected programs.

Step 4: Remember Your Deadline

For all programs, complete the Northwestern study abroad application by the appropriate deadline: 

Program timeframe and deadline date for applications.
Term Date
Fall, Fall-Winter, & Full-Year Programs February 10
Summer Programs February 10
Winter Programs June 10
Winter-Spring Programs September 10
Spring Programs November 10

Note: Exchanges and affiliated programs require a separate program application in addition to the Northwestern study abroad application, and some of these program applications have early deadlines. Refer to the program page to confirm the application deadline for your program.

If you're applying to a Northwestern program, GESI, or a CASA program, you do not have to complete a separate program application.

Step 5: Submit Your Application

You're one step closer to studying abroad! You can expect a decision within six weeks. In the meantime, there are several steps you should take to prepare for your study abroad adventure.