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Northwest Missouri State University


Direct Enrollment: non-Northwest Study Abroad Programs

Northwest undergraduate and graduate students wishing to attend a foreign university or study abroad program that is not currently affiliated with Northwest Missouri State University may submit a petition to the Study Abroad Office in order to receive Northwest credit for the experience. On the petition the student must successfully describe how the existing Northwest Study Abroad Programs do not satisfy the students' academic, cultural, and linguistic objectives for a study abroad experience.

All petitions must include the appropriate documentation described in these guidelines.

  1. ELIGIBILITY
    • All NW students wishing to participate in non-affiliated programs must have a minimum GPA of 2.50.
    • Students must submit the petition with the necessary supporting documentation, please see guidelines.
    • The Study Abroad Office and reviewing committee will only approve study abroad programs and or accredited universities that issue undergraduate and/or graduate level credits.
    • Petitions for programs similar or that are in direct enrollment competition with Northwest affiliate programs in the same city or country will not be approved.
    • Petitions must be submitted a week prior to the deadlines pre-established of October 1 for spring programs and March 10 for fall and summer programs.
  2. GUIDELINES
    1. The petition consists of:
      1. Complete Northwest Study Abroad application
      2. NW transcript
      3. Statement of purpose explaining in detail the academic reasons why the student wants to participate in this program and how this program is relevant to the student's area of study.
      4. Support letter from advisor and any NW faculty confirming the academic importance of the program or foreign university to the student's desire field of study. The advisor's support letter must be co-signed by the department chair.
      5. Course transfer proposal. Student must work with academic advisor on establishing a proposal of the courses to be taken abroad and its equivalent course credit at Northwest. This proposal needs to be signed by the chair of the department.
      6. Information about the study abroad program or foreign university the student wishes to attend. This must include: program description, length of the program, course descriptions, housing options, and other services that may be available to the student while abroad.
    2. Petitions with clear academic objectives and compelling academic reasons may be approved. Desired program or university must have strong connections to the student's academic program. Petitions will not be approved for the simply desired of studying in a different culture or traveling abroad.
    3. Petitions must have strong support of advisor and/or other faculty within the student's department.
    4. Study Abroad program or foreign university must offer a unique component or experience to the student that cannot be met by the existing programs affiliated to Northwest.
  3. DECISION
    • Petitions will be evaluated by the student's academic advisor, department chair and the Study Abroad Office in consultation with the International Studies Programs Committee. The Study Abroad Coordinator will submit the recommendation to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for final approval/denial. The evaluators will assess the academic relevance of the program, the academic connection to the student's area of study, linguistic and cultural objectives, the safety and security of the program site, cultural immersion/integration, academic support, housing, and other services.
    • If the petition is approved, the study abroad program will be administered by the Northwest Missouri State University Study Abroad Office. Students must pay study abroad administrative fee. Northwest tuition and related fees will be waived for students participating in non-affiliated programs.

Revised May 2007