Study Abroad: Getting Started


#1 – Attend the 2015 STUDY ABROAD FAIR
         September 22, 1 to 5 in the JXJ Main Floor Lobby

#2 – New in Fall 2015 – FRIDAY DROP IN SESSIONS
         beginning Sept. 4 from noon to 2 in the Hedgcock Upstairs Atrium

  •          First Friday:  Study Abroad for Beginners – learn how to plan

  •          Second Friday: Feeding the Piggy Bank – financial aid and scholarships

  •          Third Friday: Focus on Culture and Country – Meet international students attending NMU

  •          Fourth Friday: Returnee Reunions – meet peer advisors and learn
             how study abroad impacted their lives          

 

 

2015 Global Academy Programs

Join NMU faculty and friends on a wide variety of faculty-led courses and international service projects.   A comprehensive list is available under the Global Academy (faculty led) tab.

1. Investigate Your Goals

Ask yourself the following questions: Where in the world do I want to go? What do I want to study in the foreign country? Do I want to learn a language or take classes in

English... Or both? In what type of an environment do I want to study? Do I want to stay with a host family or in a dorm?

2. Get the Info

  • Check out the Study Abroad Resource Center in Hedgcock 2101. Open during regular office hours, it has a growing library of materials to help you find a study abroad program to fit your academic goals. There's also a comprehensive study abroad brochure center located just outside the door.
  • Come to a Friday Drop-In. Explore study abroad options with an NMU adviser and former study abroad students. 
     
  • The NMU Study Abroad Fair is held every fall semester. This year's fair takes place in the New Jamrich first-floor lobby on September 22 from 1-5 pm. Keep checking the International Programs home page for updates.

3. Know the Different Types of Program Models

There are many types of programs, including exchanges, faculty-led, short-term, long-term, student teaching, volunteer, and internships abroad. Click here to read about program models , then take a look at the different countries where these programs offer study abroad experiences.

4. Select a Program

When selecting a program and country for your study abroad experience, keep in mind the following:

  • Academic quality : Do the individual course descriptions compare to similar credit loads on the NMU campus? Can you access the actual syllabi?

  • Price: What is included in the quoted program fee? Does the price include housing and meals? Course-related field excursions? Airfare and personal spending money are generally not included.

  • Housing/Meals: Does the program place students with host families? Shared flats or residence housing? What about meals?

  • Scholarships: Are scholarships available?

  • Deadlines: What is the deadline for applying?

5. Meet your Study Abroad Adviser

Once you have have selected your program--or you have at least a few that interest you-- contact the International Programs Office to set up an appointment with a study abroad adviser: 227-2510 or goabroad@nmu.edu .

6. Start the Application Process

Take a look at the study abroad checklist and begin the application process.

  • Application Due Dates:
    Summer NMU Faculty-led programs - February 1
    Summer term programs - April 1
    Fall term programs - April 15
    Winter/spring term programs - October 15
    Spring break programs - December 1​