Northwestern students take in a view of Athens during their study abroad trip to Greece.

Summer study abroad

Explore other shores through a summer trip if you can't afford a whole semester abroad. Each summer, Northwestern professors lead 3- to 4-week courses in a variety of disciplines and countries. The timelines vary, but most take place in late May/early June, right after the end of spring semester. The courses are specially planned to fit the needs and curiosity of NWC students and meet the college's cross-cultural general education requirement.

The selection of destinations and course topics changes each year, with 2 to 6 options each summer. Northwestern College professors have taught summer courses focused on community development, crossing cultures, ecology, history, language learning, music, nursing/healthcare, religion, sociology, sports/fitness and theatre. Countries where students have studied include:

China
Czech Republic
Ecuador
England
Ethiopia
France
Germany

Greece
India
Ireland
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Mexico

Oman
Romania
Russia
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Turkey

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (or without that, the consent of the faculty leader) to participate in a summer study abroad trip.
  • Most trips are open to freshmen through seniors.
  • A small number of trips have a foreign language requirement.
  • GEN350 fulfills Northwestern’s general education cross-cultural requirement.
  • Students earn 4 to 6 credits, depending on the program’s duration (3 to 4 weeks).
  • Some programs have a 1-credit GEN316 pre-trip course that takes place the second half of spring semester.
  • Summer study abroad courses cannot be taken for audit.

Application for summer study trips takes place in early February of each year; visit the summer study abroad programs website on MyNWC to learn more. Non-NWC students can apply here.

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