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Undergraduate - Study Abroad

Undergraduate - Study Abroad

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NNU offers a variety of programs that allow students to expand their education beyond the campus.
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Whether participating in programs off-campus across the U.S. or across the globe, students can study, serve, and see many different parts of the world through several opportunities offered through NNU’s Study Abroad Program including:
  • Studying internationally for a full-semester at one of many partner universities
  • Taking part in an international semester-long program led by an NNU professor with a cohort of NNU peers
  • Participating in a university-sponsored service trip
  • Enrolling in a class that includes a one- to two-week study excursion to either a national or international destination as part of the course
Opportunities abound in places like Washington D.C., Nashville, South Korea, China, Uganda, Kenya, England, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Israel, Jordan, Australia, and more.
In addition to the obvious benefits studying abroad provides by enhancing your education, widening your world view, and increasing your employability, approved international travel and semester abroad experiences may fulfill NNU’s cultural competency requirement needed for graduation.

Where can I study abroad?

NNU partners with universities and study abroad programs to offer a variety of opportunities in locations on all continents, except Antarctica. See the next FAQ for a list of most of our partners.


For details about specific programs, please make an appointment to meet with an adviser in the Study Abroad Program.

Who are NNU's study abroad partners?

NNU partners with several entities of higher education and study abroad organizations. This list is not comprehensive.


Will the credits I earn while studying abroad transfer back to NNU?

Yes, credits earned while studying abroad with a university-approved program will apply toward total credits earned for graduation. Students will need to meet with their academic advisers to look at course offerings in the study abroad program to determine which credits can apply toward major requirements.

Will my financial aid apply toward my semester studying abroad? 

Students are eligible for up to half of entitled and need-based university aid, including tuition remission, not to exceed a total dollar amount of $7,000. Scholarships associated with campus participation (e.g., music, athletics, speech and debate) generally do not transfer to study abroad opportunities. Scholarships from other entities may or may not apply to the study abroad program, depending on the program and the scholarship parameters. Meet with a financial aid officer to learn how much financial aid will apply toward studying abroad.


Many of our study abroad partners offer scholarships or grants. Outside scholarships and grants are also available. See other FAQ for recommended scholarship opportunities.

If I study abroad for a semester, can I still graduate on time?

That is the goal, but it depends on the major. Students interested in studying abroad should talk to their academic adviser as soon as possible to determine which semester can best accommodate a semester abroad as major-specific courses at NNU are often offered in specific timeframes.


If studying abroad in a fall or spring semester is not feasible, summer study abroad opportunities, short-term study tours, and mission trips can fulfill a student’s desire to study abroad and increase the likelihood of maintaining on-time graduation.

Will my study abroad experience meet the cultural competency requirement?

Yes and maybe. A semester abroad meets the cultural competency requirement. A short-term international experience may or may not meet the cultural competency requirement. Check with your trip leader.

I can't study abroad for a semester, but I want to travel. What are my options?

Many of our partners have summer study abroad options that are typically 4-8 weeks long.


Faculty and others also lead 1- to 4-week-long study tours and mission trips to international locations. Several regular trips are: 

  • Music tours internationally every few years. 
  • Psychology travels to Europe every-other-year.
  • Nursing goes on mission trips every year.
  • Biology regularly researches in the Costa Rican the cloud forest.
  • Engineering works on a service project every year.
  • The chaplains organize annual mission trips.


In addition to the trips that repeat, each year there are other opportunities to travel to global locations.

What study tours and mission trips does NNU have for 2020-21?

We are currently monitoring the global COVID-19 situation, but we will add the approved short-term travel opportunities to this list as we deem it reasonable.

What scholarships are available for studying abroad?

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More Questions? Contact Us.

The NNU Study Abroad Office is available to assist in planning study abroad experiences. For questions, email, or visit the office in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons!
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Studying abroad in Costa Rica was unlike any experience I've had before. I got to meet new people who are now my very close friends, live in a different culture, and learn about biology in the greatest setting possible. I was outside for a lot of my classes, going on hikes or traveling around the country. I very highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who can do it. The world has so much to offer, and it would be a shame to never experience anything outside of our own bubble.

—Vanessa Beane
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