Funding & Student Resources

Prospective study abroad students:

Study Abroad Basics/Survey

Apply - Service Learning Application or Study Abroad Application

Planning Matrix – used to narrow in on the right program for you

Goal Setting Matrix – used to set targeted outcomes for your time overseas

Accepted study abroad students:

Advising - Phases of Study Abroad

Scholarship Application 

Packing Checklist

Pre-Departure Orientation-Dates/Times

Returning study abroad students:

Become a Peer Advisor! Contact us to learn about ways you can share your experience abroad with your fellow Wildcats!

NOTE: Once you complete an NMU worksheet or application, you can submit in-person to International Education Services at 2001 C.B. Hedgcock or via email at goabroad@nmu.edu

NOTE: Each individual program has its own requirements and due dates. It is generally best to begin planning for an experience abroad 1-year out from the time of departure (sooner if possible) as there are many moving parts to arrange. NMU’s application to study abroad must be completed no matter which type of experience abroad you are taking part in, and is in addition to your individual program’s application requirements.

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Funding your experience abroad

  • Students who study abroad and are enrolled in courses approved for credit at NMU may be considered for financial aid provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
  • Most NMU students will use available federal, state, and university funds to help pay for the costs of study abroad. Many will require additional loans and support from personal resources. All forms of federal aid may be applied toward a NMU study abroad program.
  • There are restrictions on some state and institutional aid if you choose to enroll in a non-NMU program. 
    • State aid would include the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver and the Tuition Incentive Program. Institutional aid would include NMU Foundation awards, awards based on academic achievement, the faculty/staff dependent/spouse tuition benefit and other funds that may have been granted to you directly by NMU.
  • Students are not eligible to receive the housing portion of any university scholarships for the semester(s) they are studying abroad. It is meant for students living in our residence halls. The exception to this is for students receiving the Presidential or Harden Scholarships. They are eligible to receive the off-campus amount, if they have chosen a NMU program.
  • If you are uncertain which types of aid you receive, check with the Financial Aid Office. 
  • Be sure to check with IES about current NMU Foundation scholarships available to study abroad students! And keep in mind that your program may also have scholarship funds available.

Please remember…

  • If you plan to use need-based financial aid toward your study abroad costs, you will need to complete the FAFSA.
  • Visit our office to have a Cost Worksheet created for you by an adviser. Costs associated with your study abroad program must be backed up with printed materials which document the source for each item.  Some items on the cost worksheet that do not need to be documented are U.S. Passport, International Student ID Card, and the suggested personal spending allowance. It is agreed between the International Education Services Office and the Financial Aid Office that we use $100 per week for personal spending as a standard recommended amount, but it can be increased if the student can provide something in writing from the program saying it should be higher. A study abroad adviser must review and sign your completed cost worksheet.
  • Questions? Schedule an appointment with a financial aid officer (906-227-2327). The financial aid officer will work with you to determine eligibility and discuss funding options.

What is the administrative fee and what does it cover?

We are sometimes asked why NMU Study Abroad charges a fee. Nearly all institutions of higher education charge fees to cover a wide array of expenses; sometimes these are included in tuition, and sometimes they are grouped into other categories. Unlike some universities, NMU does not take money from your tuition bill to support study abroad. The study abroad fee includes: developing and implementing educational programs, information sessions, and events; maintaining relationships with international partners on various continents who provide educational opportunities for our students; evaluating potential programs for affiliation and monitoring current partner programs; risk assessment and management; providing pre-departure orientation for every student covering topics as diverse as financial aid, credit transfer, and how to manage emergencies; registering students so they can maintain their NMU status while abroad; maintaining contact with students abroad and providing support in case of an emergency.