Study Abroad: Getting Started

Featured Study Abroad:
NEW in 2015
Northern Ireland -
From Conflict to Peace

Join Criminal Justice professors Bob Hanson and Greg Warchol for travels to historic Belfast and Derry, in Northern Ireland.  Course focuses on innovations in legal practices that support a stable plan for peace, all set  in the historic context of the "Troubles."

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 Study Abroad 101. Explore study abroad options with an NMU adviser and former study abroad students. See the Winter 2015 schedule here. (TBD).
  • The NMU Study Abroad Fair is held every fall semester. This year's fair took place in the Hedgcock Main Floor on September 23 from 2-6 pm. Keep checking the International Programs home page for updated information about the next fair..

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​