Summer study abroad
Explore other shores through a summer trip if your schedule can’t accommodate 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:
- 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.