Summer study abroad

Explore other shores through a shorter, summer trip if you can't afford a whole semester abroad. Each summer, Northwestern professors lead 3- to 4-week courses in a variety of disciplines and countries. The timelines vary, but most take place in late-May/early-June, right after the end of spring semester. The courses are specially planned to fit the needs and curiosity of NWC students and meet the college's cross-cultural general education requirement.

The selection of course topics and destinations changes each year, with 2 to 6 options each summer. NWC professors have taught summer courses focused on community development, crossing cultures, ecology, history, language learning, music, nursing/health care, religion, sociology, sports/fitness and theatre in these countries:

China Ethiopia Israel and Palestine Taiwan
Czech Republic France Japan Tanzania
Ecuador Germany Mexico Thailand
England India Russia Turkey


  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (or without that, the consent of the faculty leader) to participate in a summer study abroad program.
  • Most programs are open to freshmen through seniors.
  • A small number of programs have a foreign language requirement.

Course and credit

  • GEN350 fulfills Northwestern’s general education cross-cultural requirement.
  • Students earn 4 to 6 credits, depending on the program’s duration (3 to 4 weeks).
  • Some programs have a 1-credit GEN316 pre-trip course that takes place the second half of spring semester.
  • Summer study abroad courses cannot be taken for audit.

Application deadline

Usually in early February of each year