Each summer, Northwestern College professors lead 2-3 week courses in a variety of disciplines and countries. The trips are tailor-made for NWC students and fulfill the college's cross-cultural general requirement. Departments that have participated in summer study abroad include Theatre, Art, English, Foreign Languages, History, Sociology, Biology, Computer Science, Kinesiology, Psychology, Nursing, Education, and Business & Economics. Summer Study Abroad destinations have included China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Oman, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Turkey.
Students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (or with the consent of the faculty leader) are eligible to apply. Most programs are open to freshmen through seniors.
Deposit and Financial Aid
Upon acceptance to a program, a non-refundable $250 deposit will be required to hold a participant’s spot. Deposits are due March 1. This deposit will be applied to the final program fee. Financial aid, in the form of loans, may be available. Contact the NWC Financial Aid office for more information. Final payment due May 1.
Passport and Visa
All students must acquire a passport to travel abroad. Participants are responsible for applying for and obtaining their own passports.
Due to quarantine logistics a COVID vaccination may be required for these programs. We will be monitoring each country's vaccination and quarantine requirements in order to determine if a vaccination will be required for trip participants. Decisions will be made by March 1 to coincide with the deposit date. If required, students will need to supply a copy of their vaccination card to the Compass Center for Career & Calling as proof of their vaccination.