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Affiliated Programs

Northwestern has established formal affiliations with partner universities and program providers in the US and abroad for certain programs during the academic year. All affiliated programs have been vetted and approved by the faculty-led University Study Abroad Committee (USAC) and the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) and are deemed to meet Northwestern standards in terms of academic quality, housing, cultural immersion, and student support services.

Northwestern financial aid may be used for participate on affiliated study abroad programs during the academic year.

Affiliated programs during the academic year include various subtypes:

Center-Based Programs

Consists primarily of classroom-based courses designed for non-host country students. Centers may be operated by a study abroad provider organization, be special units within a host country university, or be sponsored by a college or university in another country. Many study abroad centers have permanent staff and facilities.

Direct Enrollment Programs

Offers direct study at an overseas university without the assistance of external offices such as those of a program provider.

Field Study Programs

Designed with pedagogy revolving around experiential study outside the classroom setting, often enabling students to engage in research or independent study projects.

Hybrid Programs

Combines two or more subtypes to a significant degree. For example, a study abroad center might emphasize courses just for study abroad participants but also permit students to enroll in host university courses and/or participate in a credit-bearing internship or service-learning experience.

Summer Affiliated Programs

Northwestern has established formal affiliations with partner universities and program providers in the US and abroad for certain programs during the summer.