Faculty Led & Service Learning Abroad - Programs and Procedures

These are international experiences offered directly through Northern Michigan University and include academic and experiential programming that occur outside of the United States.

Program types may include:

  • Faculty-Led Courses
  • Service Learning Experience
  • Academic Internship

The International Education Services office provides structure and direction for programs approved as offerings. IES staff serve as your partner in enriching the educational experience for students enrolled in your Study Abroad 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.

The Pure Life YouTube video screen grab

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 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 2017 - Required Faculty Briefings

 Sept. 8, 10-noon and 2-4           Session I:  Preparing your Faculty-Led Program:
 Oct. 9, 3-5                                  The Nuts and Bolts of Finances, Concur, Logistics, Approvals

Dec. 8, 10-noon                          Session II:  Health and Risk Management, Mandatory Reporting, Inter-Cultural Competencies
Dec. 20, 3-5                                Student Behavior, Conduct Code, and Community Building


Winter 2018 - Required Faculty Briefings 

Times/Dates TBD


Spain May 2015 trip

Ecuador 2012

Belize 2015

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.