Freshman Experience Abroad Program

These brief seminars are designed to give incoming freshman an introduction to international issues – the core of NMU’s curriculum for the 21st century. Coursework begins with travel abroad in early August and continues with regular classroom meetings in the fall semester. Past programs have traveled to Scotland, London, and Quebec, Canada.

No Programs Currently Planned for Fall 2013

Check back periodically for updates.

What happens during a Freshman Experience Abroad? 

  • A small group of incoming freshmen (12 to 15) travel with an NMU instructor and a staff chaperone to a city or region abroad.
  • Students register for the FEA course as part of the summer or fall semester, and each FEA class meets on NMU's campus. Group presentations, essays and reflective journals are typical elements of each course.
  • Students stay in hotels or university residence halls with one or more roommates per room. Local transportation, some meals, and group activities are pre-arranged and are included in the cost of the program.
  • NMU takes care of important security measures such as registration with the U.S. embassy abroad and international health and travel insurance.

You'll go head-over-heels for the adventure and friendships connected to each Freshman Experience Abroad!

Student at Stonehenge

(Madeline Dunn at Stonehenge-
London FEA 2010)

Why study abroad before starting as a new NMU student?

  • Fun and exciting introduction to college academics
  • Improved understanding of global issues
  • Instant group of new NMU friends
  • 2 academic credits counted toward your NMU degree

Who is eligible for a Freshman Experience Abroad?

Participation is limited to first-time freshmen admitted in good academic standing for the Summer 2012 or Fall 2012 semester.

What does the program cost?

In addition to 2 credits of NMU tuition (billed as part of fall semester), each course carries an international program fee, payable in installments (see schedule below).
This international program fee includes: 

  • international airfare from major U.S.hub
  • housing and some meals
  • ground transportation
  • field excursions, museum entry fees, etc
  • international health insurance.

Students should also budget personal spending money for each course.(The FEA International Program fees do NOT apply toward regular semester fees. You'll need to register separately for NMU's new student orientation program and on-campus housing.)

Can I use my financial aid for this program?

Your 2-credit FEA course will be billed as part of your fall semester tuition. Your financial aid package may not cover all the costs associated with the international program fee, which pays for the travel portion of the course. The Financial Aid Office has a cost-of-attendance budget on file for each FEA program and can give you detailed information about eligibility for loans and other forms of financial assistance. Most forms of aid are not available until the start of the regular semester. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 906-227-2327.

How can I sign up?

  • Talk to your parents, grandparents and friends. Investing in a Freshman Experience Abroad makes a great graduation gift!
  • Get a passport. Visit for more information.
  • Download your Freshman Experience Abroad reservation packet.
  • A $400 deposit is due with your reservation form. Reservations will be processed on a rolling basis, and waiting lists will be established as needed.
  • Pre-departure orientation for your FEA trip will be held at the conclusion of NMU's new student orientation program, so don't forget to register at: Your acceptance to the Freshman Experience Abroad program in not final until you have registered for new student orientation.

You will also want to be aware of the following deadlines:

May 1: Final deadline for reservation and $400 deposit (to be applied toward total International Program fee).
June  1: Second payment due.
July 1: Final payment due.


For more information contact Susan Morgan, Coordinator-Education Abroad & Exchange Programs at 906-227-2530 or