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Extend 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 by the following deadlines. Keep in mind that it typically takes 1-2 weeks to secure approval and plan accordingly.

Extend Your Stay Deadline
Fall program through winter/spring December 1
Fall/winter program through spring March 1

Complete the Steps below to Request Approval

Step 1: Contact Your Program

Contact your program to determine if it is possible to extend your stay, including applicable deadlines and paperwork.

Step 2: Email Your Global Learning Office (GLO) Adviser

Email your GLO adviser and 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, please check out the contact us page.

Step 3: Email the Manager of GLO Financial Services, for Billing and Financial Aid Information

Email Krista Bethel, Manager of GLO financial services to discuss how extending your term might affect your billing and your aid package for the remainder of the year.

Step 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:

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 Global Learning adviser stating this approval. More information for your academic adviser(s) can be found in the Faculty/Advisers section.

Step 5: Email Your School Representative for Approval

Email your school representative for approval and indicate:

He or she needs 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 Global Learning adviser stating this approval. More information for your academic adviser(s) can be found in the Faculty/Advisers section.

Step 6: Review the University Registration Requirement (URR)

Review the URR policy to determine if/how your extension would affect your URR.

Step 7: Update Your GeoBlue Policy

Your Global Learning adviser will provide you with details regarding updating your GeoBlue policy if it is not provided by your program.

You will receive further instructions from your adviser after you have been approved to extend your stay.