Global Academy - Programs and Procedures

The Global Academy refers to international experiences under the direct management of Northern Michigan University.  The Global Academy includes academic and experiential programming that occur outside the United States.

Global Academy program types may include:

  • Global Academic Courses
  • Global Volunteer Experience
  • Global Academic Internship

The International Programs office provides structure and direction for programs approved as Global Academy offerings.  International Programs staff serve as your partner in enriching the educational experience for students enrolled in your Global Academy program   You can count on support for all phases, from the initial site assessment and host country contacts, through budgeting, travel-related contracts, student recruitment, and pre-departure orientation. We will also assist you in planning effective strategies for risk management and emergency preparedness.

Explore "La Pura Vida" - the Pure Life - through the film lens of NMU student Jake Lamons, with RE495 - Ecology and EcoTourism of Costa Rica, Winter 2015.  

The following documents will guide you through the process of proposing and implementing a successful
Global Academy program.

Don't be shy! Contact FLSA Coordinator Susan Morgan with questions or to set up a meeting. You can also plan to attend a faculty workshop. Email International Programs or call 906-227-2510 for upcoming workshop dates.

Fall 2015 - Required Faculty Leader Workshops

Friday, October 9                         The Nuts and Bolts of Finances, Concur, Logistics, Approvals
1 to 4 pm, Hedgcock 2303            Health and Risk Management

Friday, November 13:                   Inter-Cultural Competencies
9 to noon, Hedgcock 2303            Student Behavior, Conduct Code, and Community Building


Professor Michael Joy and students soak up sun and Advanced Spanish Language skills in historic Salamanca, Spain May 2015. Check out the Facebook feed daily at "Languages at Northern Michigan University."  Students explore the valleys of Ecuador with Mary Andronis (MLL) on the 2012 Volunteer Service Spring Break FLSA, through Superior Edge.  Nursing and Health Education students travel to developing nations each year to provide services in rural clinical settings and schools.  In 2015, Kristi Robinia (NU) and Yuba Gautam (HE) took a group of 20 NMU students to San Ignacio, Belize through partnership with Intrax Global Internships Abroad.