About Study Abroad
Deadlines to Study Abroad
ISEP: January 28
All other programs: March 10
ISEP: August 28
All other programs: October 1
Qualifications to study abroad
- Must have completed two semesters
- Must be enrolled as a Northwest student
- Must contain at least a 2.5 GPA
- ISEP program requires a 2.75 GPA
- Sophia University requires a 3.0 GPA
- Must want to have fun, keep and open mind, and be excited to learn about the globe!
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Benefits of Studying Abroad
There are many benefits of studying abroad. Here is just a list of a few of them. Also check out what the Study Abroad Alumni have to say about it!
- Expands your career options
- Sets you apart from your peers
- Develops your self awareness and concept
- Enhances skills in communication, leadership, collaborating, problem solving, decision making and more
- Helps you to learn about yourself
- Gives you a broader perspective of the world
- Helps you to network and make international friendships
- Enhances language proficiency
- Gives you a chance to travel the world for less
- Improves your resume
And most importantly...
- Lets you experience the best time of your life!
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Why should YOU study abroad and where!?
Answer the following questions to help find out if you are a good candidate to study abroad. Also, these questions will help assist in making decisions on where to go and when.
- Why do you want to study abroad?
- Have you been out of the country?
- When do you want to study abroad?
- Do you want to study abroad more than once?
- In what country or countries would you like to study?
- Do you want to study abroad for a year, semester, summer, or participate in a faculty study tour?
- Why have you chosen this length of time?
- If you chose only summer, would you consider studying for an entire semester?
- If you chose only one semester, would you consider studying for an entire year?
- When would be the best semester to study abroad for you? (fall/spring/summer) Why?
- When would be the best year for you (sophomore, junior, senior)?
- How does study abroad fit into your personal or academic plans?
- What kind of living arrangements do you prefer? (single dorm, roommate, apartment host-family, off-campus apartment, on-campus)
- Do you have cost restraints?
- Are you aware of financial aid, personal loans, and/or the Gilman scholarship?
- Do you think you are a good candidate to study abroad? Why?
- What are some things that scare you about studying abroad?
- What are some myths or rumors you have heard about study abroad? Have you researched this or talked to people with experience?
- Do you believe you are emotionally stable to be away from home for the amount of time?
- Would you prefer a program in which you are with other American students mainly? Or would you like to participate in a program in which you get the chance to completely immerse into the culture?
- Do you feel comfortable traveling on your own? Or do you prefer to be with other Northwest students?
- During your time abroad, do you prefer to have unstructured time and freely use your time outside of the classroom? Or would you prefer to participate in a program in which time is structured and there is constant programming going on?
- Do you believe you will take the time to explore new things and meet new people?
- What type of location would you prefer? (small town, city, large city, metropolitan area)
- How are you going to benefit from this experience?
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