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Study Abroad

Studying abroad offers an exceptional opportunity to foster personal and academic growth and development while continuing to work on academic degree requirements. Students are encouraged to take their hard-earned knowledge of a language and put it to the test while living and studying in another country and culture.

Many academic programs in all of Northwestern’s six undergraduate colleges and schools have been designed to allow students to spend up to a year abroad; students should plan early and consult academic advisers even as first-year students.

Students usually spend a summer, 1-2 quarters or full year abroad during their junior year, although they are eligible to study abroad starting with the summer after completing their first year.

With careful planning, many of the courses taken abroad on Northwestern-sponsored and affiliated programs may be used to satisfy college and major/minor requirements. Please visit Global Learning Office (GLO) to explore programs.

(Updated 4/24/2024)