The Department of Art and Design; Communication
and Performance Studies; Economics; English; Languages; Geography, Earth Science, Conservation and Planning; History; The
College of Business; Philosophy; Political Science, and Sociology and Social Work cooperatively sponsor the major
in international studies.
This broad major provides students with a basic understanding of modern
world history, international relations, world cultures, and world religions.
Part of this learning, as well as intensive language instruction, is
to be undertaken abroad.
International Affairs Office
All full-time Northern
Michigan University students in good standing have the opportunity to enrich
their academic experience by studying in a country other than the United
States. Such studies may apply toward the student's academic program at NMU,
provided that the student's academic adviser and the International Affairs Office have granted prior approval. All
students contemplating study abroad, whether or not under NMU sponsorship,
must register with the International Affairs Office, to
assure credit transfer, whether the credit is for general electives, liberal
studies courses, or major/minor requirements.
Students have four options
for studying in foreign countries:
- NMU-sponsored programs. NMU is currently a member of two consortia:
The Japan Center for Michigan Universities and the Midwest Consortium
for Study Abroad. The Japan Center offers a one-year immersion in Japanese
language and culture. Japanese language skill is not required. The Midwest
Consortium for Study Abroad has programs in three sites. One program
is located in Vienna, Austria and another in Macerata, Italy, and a third
in Segovia, Spain.
- NMU-affiliated programs. NMU currently has affiliations with
institutes or universities in four other countries: The Institut de Touraine
in Tours, France; Laval University in Quebec, Canada; The University
of Natal in Durban, South Africa; and the University of Wolverhampton
in Walsall, England. The programs in France and Canada are designed to
facilitate the intermediate and advanced study of French; the program
in England is a field teaching experience for those majoring in elementary
and secondary education. There are other opportunities available for
study in Athens, Greece; Sienna, Italy; Oviedo, Spain; and Angers, France.
- Non-NMU affiliated program. Over 3,000 study abroad programs
are currently accessible to American students. Only students registering
through NMU are eligible to receive financial aid from NMU.
- Directed Studies. Students who choose to undertake independent
travel, work, or study abroad may receive academic credit for such experience
by arranging a directed study with an NMU professor prior to departure.
Such directed studies typically involve field experiences that are evaluated
through written reports submitted upon the student's return to campus.