What is study abroad & why should a student take part in it?
Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a country other than one's own. Studying overseas is one of the most challenging, interesting, and fun experiences you can have as a college student. Talk to anyone who has studied abroad and they will share stories they have about intercultural understanding, interesting differences, unique challenges, and experiences utterly unlike anything they could have imagined in the US. Through taking academic credit abroad, a student can see the world, take in new cultures, hone language skills, expand career opportunities, develop personally, find new interests and make lifelong connections! Due to the highly immersive nature of a study abroad, it is a completely different experience than being a tourist!
Where can a student study?
NMU has a large list of over 50 countries where students can study and have studied abroad! Some of the most popular countries where Wildcats choose to study abroad are: Spain, Germany, Austria, Costa Rica, Ireland and England, and South Korea.
Who can study abroad?
In order for us to recommend a student for studying abroad, a student must meet certain eligibility requirements. At the time of application, students must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with NMU in order to study abroad. Students can study abroad as soon as the summer after their freshman year or, if a transfer student, after completing at least one semester at NMU.
What can you do to get this process started?
Do your homework before scheduling a meeting with us. Set goals and ask yourself:
- When …is it an ideal time to study abroad?
- Where …are you interested in going?
- Why …do you want to take your studies abroad?
- What …will you be studying and what are your daily living preferences? Have you touched base with your academic advisor?
Attend an open event such as the annual Study Abroad Fair held in September.
Search our Study Abroad Opportunities page to learn about current options for Wildcats!
Call or visit the International Programs office to schedule a study abroad advising appointment. Contact us at or 906-227-2510.