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Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. It inspires new perspectives towards education, careers, cultures, and human relationships. Studying abroad helps you understand world issues, learn a foreign language, and experience other cultures first hand.

Students at NDNU may also study off-campus for a semester or year at one of its sister colleges, Trinity College in Washington, D.C. or Emmanuel College in Boston. Students participating in these programs can transfer credits and financial aid and need not file for an official leave of absence. Students also have the opportunity to attend the Washington Semester Program. The University has an institutional agreement to nominate students each year to participate in this program through American University in Washington D.C.

NDNU faculty also organize programs for students abroad. Students can receive credit for participating in trips and service projects.  In recent years, trips to Italy and a project in Guadalajara, Mexico have offered valuable off-campus experiences for students.

The Study Abroad Experience is available to all NDNU students! The university is affiliated with many of overseas programs which allow students to select from a wide variety of summer, semester, and year programs.  Students from all majors can receive credit while studying at overseas universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America. The fees for overseas study are comparable to the cost of on-campus tuition and housing. Frequently, scholarships are available and financial aid can be transferred. Internships and service learning experiences are included in many programs. Here are a few of the many possibilities for studying abroad!

“The summer I spent at the university in Granada, Spain is an experience I will always remember. I’m so glad I took that chance of going to a completely foreign place by myself and experiencing a culture so different.”
Teresa Walker
Granada, Spain
Business

Steps for Study Abroad

  1. Get information on approved programs (Quad, Campus Center)
  2. Do a web search, examine brochures, and choose potential programs.
  3. Contact a study abroad advisor
  4.  Meet with academic advisor to examine the program you are interested in.
  5. Talk to Student Financing Office about financial aid (optional).
  6. Apply to the program of your choice.
  7. When accepted, obtain the NDNU Approval to Study Abroad Form from the Study Abroad Office.
  8. Return the approval form to the Study Abroad Office by the deadlines indicated.

A few of the many possible countries for study:

Spain

Take courses in art history, music, sociology in English or Spanish at University of Granada in Spain. Live with a host family, enjoy group excursions, and take Spanish classes at any level for a semester or year.

Australia

Spend time at the university of your choice in Australia or New Zealand. You can study computer science in Adelaide, business in Sydney, environmental science in Cairn. Internships are available in marketing, education, communications, and many other fields.

Semester at Sea

Travel around the world aboard a ship with 500 students from other universities. Credits for a semester or summer  are earned through University of Virginia.  Visit many different places such as Ghana, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Honolulu while you live aboard the ship and attend classes.

"I spent 5 months in the Gold Coast of Australia, and it was the best 5 months of my life. So many aspects of my character and who I am seemed to be sharpened by the experience."
Conrad Clevlen
Gold Coast Australia
Psychology

Ireland

Study at universities throughout Ireland. Special programs include theatre studies at Trinity College in Dublin, business at University of Limerick, and Irish studies at National University of Ireland in Galway.

Africa

Study Swahili and civilization in Nairobi then do field work and live in an East African village for a semester through the School for International Training. You will receive 15 credits in language and social sciences for this exciting semester.

France

Work on a service project in Montpelier, France while you study French language and culture at the university though IPSL (International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership). Live with a family and volunteer at a food bank, pharmacy, retirement home, or school.

China

Live in Hangzhou, China and take courses in Chinese and English at Zhejiang University.  Study Chinese business, history, literature, painting and participate in a service learning project.  You will live in a residence hall and take trips to Shanghai, Beijing, and other points of interest.

South America

Study in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; or Valparaiso, Chile.  Take courses in language, math, history, business and science. Your stay will include a variety of cultural activities and excursions.

“Studying abroad in Ireland was an amazing adventure. I had the opportunity to experience new cultures, make friends with people from all over the world, and make memories that will last forever. “
Shauna Folan
Gallway, Ireland
Kinesiology

Great Britain

Take courses at universities in England, Scotland, or Wales through Arcadia University. You may combine your study with an internship in government, business or social service institution.

Additional opportunities for off-campus study

Students at NDNU may also study off-campus for a semester or year at one of its sister colleges, Trinity College in Washington, D.C. or Emmanuel College in Boston. Students participating in these programs can transfer credits and financial aid and need not file for an official leave of absence. Students also have the opportunity attend the Washington Semester Program. The University has an institutional agreement to nominate students each year to participate in this program through American University in Washington D.C.

NDNU faculty also organize programs for students abroad. Students can receive credit for participating in trips and service projects.  In recent years, trips to Italy and a project in Guadalajara, Mexico have offered valuable off-campus experiences for students.

Sample Resources

Contact

Ann Fathman
Study Abroad Advisor
650-508-3730
afathman@ndnu.edu

Lorenzo Giachetti, Study Abroad Advisor
lgiachetti@ndnu.edu