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— Nelson Mandela, President - South Africa

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You have several excellent resources right here on campus to explore your study abroad options.

“Be bold! Dispense with myths! And take advantage of the opportunities that await you outside the Arch.” -William Anthony, Director, Northwestern Study Abroad Office

studyabroadThe Study Abroad Office (SAO) advises students on study abroad options and helps to identify the best program for each student. There are more than 120 affiliated programs all over the world, 40 of them designed and administered by faculty and staff at Northwestern. You receive intensive support before, during, and after your time abroad.

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The Office of International Program Development (IPD) provides coordination and support to international efforts on campus and works with all schools to promote internationalization and cross-school collaborations.

IPD is home to the interdisciplinary Global Health minor, which includes a public health study abroad program.

IPD also designs and administers international study and research opportunities for Northwestern undergraduate students. Click here for a list of the programs, many of them designed to accommodate students who otherwise might not be able to go abroad because of their academic requirements on campus. Many of the IPD programs are offered in the summer, with such varied locations as China, Cuba, and Germany.

buffett logoAnother fabulous resource is the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. They offer numerous programs both on campus and abroad. Their Center for Global Engagement offers an interdisciplinary program to give students the skill to address issues of global poverty and inequality, and it includes grant opportunities. The Center also sponsors the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI), a program in community development and international leadership that starts with coursework at Northwestern and continues with work in teams at community organizations in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda. GESI also offers financial aid and scholarships to NU students.



Undergraduate Language Grants (Provost’s Office) support the intensive and experiential learning of foreign languages.

Watch what these previous grantees have to say about their experiences.

Circumnavigators’ Travel Grant (Provost’s Office) supports an around-the-world travel-study project during the summer between junior and senior year.

For more research support opportunities through the Provost’s Office see here.

Some external fellowship options for current Undergraduate students (you don’t have to be a senior!) :

(For a full list of all fellowships for current students and graduates, see the  NU Office of Fellowship’s website  or even better: Set up an appointment, 847-491-2617.)

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) strives to educate U.S. citizens to “understand foreign cultures, to strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and to enhance international cooperation and security.” This study abroad program is open to U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university in the U.S.

Critical Language Scholarships
Summer of fully-funded immersive language study abroad in one of 10-12 languages (beginner, intermediate, proficient) deemed critical to US national security. Students of all years and in all fields can apply.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
Various awards for study in Germany. Sophomores through graduate students may apply.

Freeman-Asia Award
Need-based funding for study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Apply in the academic term before the study abroad program begins.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Awards for students receiving Pell Grant funding for study abroad. Apply one semester before the study abroad program begins.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships
Scholarships for those interested in a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Funding for senior year and first year of graduate study. Juniors may apply.

100 Projects for Peace
Northwestern is invited to nominate two individuals/teams per year for $10,000 awards to underwrite the costs of original public service projects to promote peace in chosen communities. Students of all years and in all fields can apply.