Study Abroad FAQ
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Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to study abroad:
- Meet the required GPA of the program (usually 2.5)
- Complete the necessary prerequisite courses (if applicable)
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and at the start of the program
- Have completed at least one semester at Northwood University
Not necessarily. The majority of our programs offer courses taught in English. There are options to learn in the native language but unless indicated, the courses are all taught in English. Northwood offers a discounted Rosetta Stone language program to help you learn other languages. More information about Rosetta Stone can be found within My.Northwood.
Anywhere from a week to a year depending on the program you pick.
Yes, you will be able to receive Northwood credits for your classes. You should start working with an academic advisor and the International Programs Office a year in advance to make sure everything works out smoothly.
Housing options vary depending on the program. Typically you can choose between a dorm, a shared apartment or a home stay with a local family if you are studying as an exchange student. Your accommodation during a short-term faculty-led trip will typically be hotels or hostels.
The cost of a study abroad experience depends on the type of program that you choose. The cost of living for programs varies a great deal. Another factor that can affect your budget is how much independent travel you do. Each program has a different fee structure and billing arrangement. We encourage Northwood students to explore the Faculty-led Study Abroad page and the Exchange Programs page under Study Abroad within My.Northwood to get more details about costs.
Students participating in the Study Abroad program are eligible for Federal Financial Aid (U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen). Please check the Financial Resources page under Study Abroad for more information.
Yes, there are limited funds for scholarships for short-term, faculty-led programs and for Semester in Europe. Please check the Financial Resources page under Study Abroad for more information.
Yes. You may be eligible for student and parent loans for study abroad. You will need to fill out the FAFSA. Please check the Financial Resources page under Study Abroad for more information.
Students need to be full time to receive any Northwood-funded scholarship. Students need to be enrolled in at least six credits to participate in the Federal loan programs. There are a few private loan options for those that are enrolled less than six credits.
Contact Nick Messing in the Financial Aid Office.
No. Payment plans outside those outlined for the program are not available.
A passport is an official identity document issued by the government of your home country.
A visa is an official stamp (by the government of another country) placed in your passport that gives you permission to visit another country.
Most laptops and cell phones have a built-in voltage converter so you will probably only need to get a plug adapter. If your electronic does not have a built-in voltage converter such as hair dryers, then you will need to buy a converter.
Most people use ATMs to get local currency while abroad. Just go to the ATM and enter the amount of local currency that you want. Your bank at home converts that amount into US dollars and withdraws the converted amount (in dollars) from your account. Banks may charge a nominal fee for the conversion. Check with your bank for details on the service fees as they vary.
This is very rare; in fact, most students say they wish their programs were longer. It is possible to leave a program early (though there are financial and academic complications). Northwood will not be able to guarantee signing up for courses once it is past the add and drop period. Similarly Northwood cannot guarantee a refund of fees paid.