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Encouraging Study Abroad

Many students have never considered study abroad or don’t realize that they can fit it into their plan of study. You can play a key role in disseminating and promoting the idea of study abroad to students.

Ways to encourage study abroad:


Students need to start thinking about and planning for study abroad early in their Northwestern careers. Encourage first-year students to plan ahead for study abroad. Later career students are often still able to consider study abroad, but it's important to discuss degree progress and the Undergraduate Residence Requirement (URR) with this population.


Mention study abroad in your classes, during individual meetings with students, and at extracurricular activities in which you're involved, such as residential colleges and student organizations. You can also mention:

  • Study abroad events like the annual Study Abroad Fair, information sessions, pre-departure and returnee events.
  • Ways for students to stay up-to-date with what's happening in study abroad by signing up for the weekly Study Abroad newsletter. Suggest that they visit our events calendar, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Study Abroad Office staff would also be more than happy to visit your classes and participate in information sessions about the value of study abroad and the opportunities available.


If your advisee would like to discuss identity considerations for study abroad, we have resources on our website to assist students and help guide conversations. You can help students with physical and/or learning disabilities overcome the assumption that they can’t study abroad. Additionally, students may have questions about how their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation will be perceived in a new environment. Encourage them to plan ahead and access resources such as: