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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Studying / Serving / Seeing

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 programs
  • 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., South Korea, Kenya, England, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Jordan, Australia, and more.
In addition to the obvious benefits studying abroad provides by enhancing your education, widening your worldview, and increasing your employability, approved international travel and semester abroad experiences often 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. Popular locations are Costa Rica, England, and Israel, but many other locations are available!  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. Reach out if you have questions about a destination not included here.


  • AIFS - Worldwide options include multi-destination travel, volunteer opportunities, and internships
  • Au Sable Institute - Summer field-based courses with students from Christian universities 
  • CCCU GlobalEd - Study alongside students from other Christian universities

  • ISA - Locations in Africa, Europe, & Latin America with internship and service-learning opportunities

  • ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad - A branch of ISA with Christian faith support & a mission’s component

  • Jerusalem University College - Walk where Jesus walked; live where Jesus lived

  • Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) - Biodiversity and sustainability in Costa Rican communities through a Christ-centered approach

  • TEANOpportunities in the Asia-Pacific region

What is the general process to study abroad or off-campus?

  1. Connect with the Global Connections Office.
  2. Talk to your academic adviser.
  3. Apply to the approved partner or exchange program.
  4. Once accepted into the program, notify the Global Connections Office.
  5. Complete the NNU Study Abroad/Off-Campus Approval form and other application documents.
  6. Once that's finished, you're on track to dream, prepare, and pack for your time abroad!


Want more details? Download a checklist below.
Checklist for Studying Abroad

Checklist for Studying Off-Campus (U.S.)


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 the total credits earned for graduation. Students meet with their academic advisers to look at course offerings in the study abroad program to determine which credits can apply toward major and general education requirements.

Will my financial aid apply toward my semester studying abroad? 

After studying at NNU for a year, 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. Students are eligible to receive the determined NNU aid for one semester abroad while at NNU.


Often scholarships, grants, or loans from other entities--federal and state governments or other organizations--apply to the study abroad program. Our financial aid officers are happy to look at your financial aid package and determine how much is eligible to apply to your study abroad experience.


Many of our study abroad partners offer scholarships or grants. Outside scholarships and grants are also available. See another FAQ in this menu 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 experience abroad meet the cultural competency requirement?

Yes and maybe. A semester abroad meets the cultural competency requirement. Make sure to fill out the cultural competency requirement's Study Abroad Approval Request Form! A short-term international experience may or may not meet the cultural competency requirement. Check with the 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 cloud forest.
  • Engineering annually works on a service project.
  • The chaplain organizes yearly mission trips.


In addition to recurring trips, we have other opportunities to travel to global locations each year.

What study tours and mission trips does NNU have for 2021-22?

We continue to monitor the global COVID-19 situation and will add any approved short-term travel opportunities to this list.

What scholarships are available for studying abroad?

Anna Participating in a Costa Rican Tope Horse Parade
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More Questions? Contact Us.

The NNU Global Connections Office is available to assist in planning study abroad experiences. For questions, email studyabroad@nnu.edu, 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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