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Study Abroad

"Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -- Mark Twain

The world is getting smaller and Northwestern University classrooms now extend well beyond the Evanston campus. Certainly the very best way to expand your study of international issues is to live and study in another country. In fact, students in virtually every field of study at NU can profit from study abroad.

Although study abroad is not a requirement of the major we highly encourage students to research study abroad opportunities while at Northwestern. We believe a study abroad experience is a crucial component of a well-rounded undergraduate experience. A study abroad experience will help you develop new perspectives on academic subjects and real world issues, achieve higher proficiency in your foreign language, experience personal and academic growth and develop valuable career skills. Northwestern provides many opportunities and partnerships with peer institutions to offer study abroad programs catered to each student’s interests and needs. 

About the Global Learning Office 

The Global Learning Office (GLO) offers credit-bearing study abroad, exchange, research, and academic internship opportunities for Northwestern University undergraduate students. Through 150 programs in 50 countries, we offer a wide variety of program structures, lengths, and terms and academic focuses to meet students’ diverse needs and goals. These credit-bearing global learning opportunities form a crucial part of the Northwestern experience and help prepare students for success in an increasingly interconnected world.

And because global learning happens on campus as well as abroad, GLO is leading the effort to engage faculty, staff, and students in developing global learning objectives for Northwestern undergraduates and collaborative programs that will support their attainment.

GLO is housed within the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.