NMU Global Academy

2015-2016 Programs

Evolve as a global explorer!
Join an NMU Faculty-led study abroad program

What is a Global Academy program?

  • Academic courses initiated, organized, and carried out by NMU faculty, with assistance from the International Programs office.

  • Involve classroom meetings and coursework before and/or after travel abroad.

  • Experience-rich, with cultural activities, visits to museums and performances, field studies, guest lectures, and more.

  • Count for direct NMU credit (with the exception of Superior Edge Volunteer programs)

  • International program fee covers housing, ground transportation, some meals, cultural activities, and other local arrangements.

  • Financial aid can apply (excludes costs for volunteer programs)

  • Students interested in participating in a Global Academy program must turn in the completed Application to the International Programs office, 2101 Hedgcock.

  • After review by the faculty leader(s), successful applicants will receive an admission packet with follow-up forms and a set of deposit slips specific to their program account. While a deposit is not required with your FLSA application, you must pay the deposit by the due date in order to secure your place in the program. Questions? Contact goabroad@nmu.edu.  For additional information about a specific program, please contact the course instructor or International Programs at 227-2510

    2015-2016 Academic Year  Proposed Programs* - More Information Available in August on your MyNMU Student tab; click on "Study Abroad" for our NEW SEARCH ENGINE. 


The culture, history and beauty of Vienna, Austria – a World Heritage historic site. Students take daily courses in intensive German language at Alpha Institute and visit historic sites.


HE/NU 386: Interdisciplinary Study in Global Health - Latin America has moved its home base to beautiful Belize. You will combine academic studies with service learning that really makes an impact. Counts as upper-division, World Cultures credit.


On Hold until 2016 STAY TUNED! – join master scuba diver, Scott Thomas from HPER, on this spring break program in sunny, pristine Bonaire.  Qualified students will receive 7 certifications for the one-week program.


SP495 - Communications
Interest Meetings in TFA 318

Thursday, Sept. 17, 6 pm
Friday, Sept. 25, 12 noon
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4 pm

NMU offers 2 excellent short-term programs for Brazil in 2015/2016: 

MPA students can travel with Mitch Klett (Education, Leadership and Public Service) in May, for credit in the Masters of Public Administration:

Undergraduates are invited to travel in May, with Communications Department faculty, including Shawn Davis, for an exciting new course: SP495x:Environmental Communication and Social Science Issues in Brazil. 


RE495 is back again over winter break, with leadership in 2015 provided by Professor Scott Jordan (HPER).   Learn about management of eco-tourism, and get a hands-on opportunity to plan for sustainable programs.


NMU is still on the leading edge with programming in Cuba – what a great opportunity to see social change and diplomacy in action!  This is a 4-credit winter course, with travel to Cuba in May. 


This is one of NMU’s longest running short-term programs.  Students have a wonderful opportunity to travel with an expert on Western European language and culture, Dr. Nelly Kupper (MLL).  Students travel as a group to Amsterdam, Netherlands, Brussels, Belgium and the City of Lights – Paris, France.  Course counts as upper-division French and/or Honors credit.

RE 340 POLAND ***

Eco and Adventure Tourism


GC295/495 -

Geography of Poland
Interest Meeting Scheduled - 
Monday Sept. 14 @ 
5 pm - 3710 West Science

Like Brazil – NMU is offering 2 amazing short-term opportunities in Poland for the academic year, 2015-16.

Join Recreational Education leader, David Kronk, on a first-time offering of Ecotourism of Poland, and explore the environmental issues of national parks in the Carpathian mountsains.

NEW – Professor Weronica Kusek (EEGS) leads students on an amazing short-term program to her native land, including stays in historic cities of Krakow, Wieliczka, and Pozan.  Program includes a visit to Auschwitz, infamous site of  a WWII work camp.


Did you envy this year’s  advanced Spanish students as they explored the historic university city of Salamanca, Spain?  Check out their program on Facebook, search “Languages at Northern Michigan University.” This could be you in May 2016!  Join MLL professors and earn 8 credits of Spanish language. 


Interest Meetings - Back Room, UC

Wed., Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 18 at 11 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 21 at 7  p.m.

Fri., Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.


Experience the lands of Thailand and Cambodia where you will swim with elephants, trek through the jungle, explore ancient temples, relax on the beaches of Koh Sumui Island, and ultimately change a community forever! By combining diverse cultural experiences with the opportunity to build and repair homes for families, your travels will leave a long-lasting impact on the community of Siam Reap, Cambodia. Join experienced leaders from the Superior Edge program on this professionally guided tour of Thailand and Cambodia and immerse yourself new experiences, cultures, and the opportunity to help others in need.

VOLUNTEER - IRELAND Return to the Emerald Isles for service in and around the Dublin area, working with urban youth centers. Like the Thailand program, the Volunteer Service projects in Ireland earn hours in Diversity and Volunteer Service Edges.  Plus - there's all the beautiful sights and sounds of this enchanting land.  Can you practically hear the Driads calling?

* Belize photo credits: https://www.travelbelize.org/  July 22 2015 
** Bonaire photo credits: Photo Credits: Bonphoto, Clecio Mayrink, Alcides Falange, Abi Smigel Mullens  http://www.tourismbonaire.com/image-gallery  July 22 2015
*** Poland photo credits: http://www.poland.travel/en-us/  July 22 2015