A Northwestern student works with local youth during his Denver Urban Semester experience.

Off-campus programs

Take your learning beyond the classroom by spending a semester of summer learning and interning elsewhere in the U.S.

Denver Urban Semester

Spend a semester in Colorado while you intern at a school, ministry or nonprofit organization that serves Denver residents impacted by poverty and oppression. You’ll also live in community with other students in the program and choose from classes taught by Denver Urban Semester staff. Learn more


Affiliated programs

During your semester in Washington, D.C., you'll live close to Capitol Hill and learn about integrating faith with politics. You'll also be placed in an internship with members of Congress, political parties, lobbyists or non-profit governmental organizations. This program is offered through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The American Studies Program website has more information, but if you're interested, you'll need to first apply to study abroad through Northwestern's Global Education Center.

The Au Sable Institute offers field-based, environmental science programs at four locations around the world: 

  • Great Lakes
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Costa Rica
  • India

To learn more about how you can help to serve, protect and restore God's earth, visit the Au Sable website. You must apply and be accepted to study abroad through Northwestern's Global Education Center before applying to the Au Sable Institute. Contact us.

In addition to interning in a Windy City business, you’ll also take classes on Christian social values and urban culture. Visit the Chicago Semester website to explore the program. Then, if you're interested, contact Northwestern's global education office to learn more and apply. (You'll need to apply through Northwestern so your financial aid applies to your semester off campus.)

This Council for Christian Colleges & Universities program will prepare you for a career in the music industry while living out your faith as a Christ-follower. As a member of an artists’ community, you’ll learn about music writing, composition, performance, production and marketing. Check out the Contemporary Music Center's website for more information about the program. If interested, start by filling out a Northwestern study abroad application through the college's Global Education Center. You must be accepted to study abroad before you can apply to the Contemporary Music Center.

Explore the work and workings of mainstream Hollywood entertainment through classes and a film industry internship. The Los Angeles Film Studies Program, offered through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, is taught by faculty who are working professionals and highly regarded experts in their field. More information is available on the L.A. Film Studies Center website. Make sure you've applied and been accepted to study off campus through Northwestern's Global Education Center before you apply to the program.

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