Study Abroad – Programs

Getting Started

If you attend a New American Colleges and Universities institution, please send an email to your institution’s study abroad coordinator or your advisor. Tell them you’re interested in our Study Abroad program, and they’ll get you started! For in-depth information about a particular program, including application deadlines, click on the program links below.

China – Chengdu:
This fall semester program at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China is particularly suitable for students interested in Chinese Language and Culture, International Business, Global Studies, Economics and Anthropology. As a focus of the Central Government’s huge development plans, Chengdu is a perfect place to observe urban and rural development, international joint venture corporations, traditional Chinese culture and Tibetan minority culture. Beginning with a nine-day study tour to Beijing and Xian, coursework at the university will be supplemented with related educational excursions. A special focus on Tibet includes a six-part lecture series and a study tour to Tibet. You will contribute to your host community in Chengdu by volunteering as a native English speaker to local schools, tutoring students or teachers, or other service options. No previous language required. Offered in the Fall by Pacific Lutheran University.

China – Hangzhou:
Located only two hours from Shanghai by train, Hangzhou is a former dynastic capital known for its industry and agriculture, silk and tea products, and tourism. Study Chinese language, culture, and civilization (taught in English) while at Zhejiang University, and even embark on tours of China, including the Great Wall. Additional courses are available, and internships and English teaching assignments may be possible. No language requirement. Offered in the Fall by Valparaiso University.

China and Japan:
Expand your knowledge of East Asia by studying in both China and Japan in one semester. Your first eight weeks of the fall semester will be in Beijing, PRC (at Beijing Foreign Studies University), followed by seven weeks in Kameoka (at Kyoto Gakuen University), just outside Kyoto, Japan. Intensive Chinese and Japanese language study, culture courses, and field trips included. One week free for travel in October. No prior knowledge of Chinese or Japanese language required for this program. Offered in the Fall by North Central College.

Costa Rica:
Spend fall semester studying, living with a host family, and working in Costa Rica–first on the Pacific coast and later in the capital city of San José. Study intensive Spanish for the first eight weeks in Manuel Antonio, followed by a mid-term excursion to Nicaragua. The final six weeks include more Spanish instruction, internships, and volunteer community work in San José. No prior knowledge of Spanish required. Offered in the Fall by North Central College.

Costa Rica:
This program offers a wide variety of course offerings and internship placements in addition to Spanish language courses, and a Costa Rican history and culture course. Students will take two courses (Spanish and history) for the first half of the semester and then take an elective and perform an optional internship for the second half. Offered both semesters and the summer by Valparaiso University.

Copenhagen, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Scandinavia, is the location of the Danish Institute of Study. This program offers classes in a variety of majors ranging from Anthropology, Architecture, Business, Child Development, Education, Environmental Science, Health Science/Pre-Med, History, Positive Psychology, to Public Policy. All classes are taught in English. This study abroad option is offered both fall and spring semesters and a summer program (3 and 6 week sessions). The Danish Institute of Study incorporates 2 academic trips as part of your curriculum. A short 2 – 3 day trip within Denmark and a 5 – 7 day trip within Europe depending on your program of study. This program also offer a number of optional day and adventure trips. Come experience first-hand Hygge, the Danish term for the warm and intimate feelings of comfort which the Danes live their everyday lives. Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer by The Sage Colleges.

England – Cambridge:
Study at Valparaiso’s own study center in Cambridge (not affiliated with Cambridge University). Courses include British Life & Culture, Art Appreciation, English History & Culture, Theology—Early Christian Centuries, and America & Americans Through British Eyes. Offered in the Fall and Spring by Valparaiso University.

Live and study in Harlaxton Manor, a nineteenth-century manor house, one hour outside of London. The curriculum is centered on a required six-credit course in British Studies, an integrated overview of British culture, which includes two weekly lectures, two weekly tutorials, and three required field trips that provide experiential learning opportunities. An optional weekend travel program is offered by the college at additional expense. Courses in nursing and engineering are offered each fall. Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer by University of Evansville.

Germany – Berlin:
“Nazareth-in-Berlin” is a full-time fall semester undergraduate program. Students are encouraged to go in their sophomore or junior year, although some seniors can still fit the program into their major. The program includes humanities courses, a professional internship and language learning.

Program Highlights:

  • This Program allows students from any academic major and with little or no experience in the language to become exposed to a European capital city environment and international culture.
  • Students live with English-speaking families and experience European life in the heart of the European Union. The Program offers each student three courses in liberal studies taught in English, one course in German language at the student’s own level (including elementary level), and one credit-bearing internship.
  • Internships in Berlin are available in several professional areas such as: telecommunications; informational technology; media; banking; non-profits; international service organizations; education; molecular and micro-biology research; museums; software development companies; mathematics. Internships are unpaid. Berlin is one of the few places on the European continent where students with limited knowledge of the foreign language can effectively perform in a credit-bearing internship while using the English language.
  • Students take German language courses together with other international students at the Neue Schule and are placed in courses from elementary to advanced, according to their present skills. Further language development takes place in a two-language environment with the host families.

Offered in the Fall by Nazareth College.

Germany – Cologne:
The Hamline University/CBS partnership is a semester-long program, offered by the Hamline University in partnership with the Cologne Business School. Students who participate in the program during Fall Semester will enroll in a 4-credit course “The European Political Framework,” which will consist of two parts: “EU Law and Institutions” and “EU Policies.” Students who participate in the program during Spring Semester will enroll in a 4-credit course “Introduction to European Business,” Consisting of the two parts “Economic Geography of Europe” and “European Economic History.” Additionally, students will enroll in two 4-credit elective courses at the Cologne Business School and one 6-credit course in German Language. Summer internship option is available. No previous German language experience required. Offered in the Fall by Hamline University.

Germany – Reutlingen:
Study on campus at the Hochschule Reutlingen/ Reutlingen University. Reutlingen is a town of about 95,000 located in the southwestern part of Germany, near the major city of Stuttgart. It is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura, both areas of geographical interest and beauty. Course offerings include German Life & Culture, Beginning German, Conversation/Composition, European Art & Architecture, International Trade, and Luther & Bach. No previous study of German is required. Offered in the Fall and Spring by Valparaiso University.

Germany – Trier:
Trier, the oldest city in Germany, hosts one of the country’s best universities. The liberal arts and social sciences are predominant at Trier University, with particularly strong offerings in business administration, economics, geography/geosciences, history, international relations, languages, linguistics, applied mathematics, political science, law and psychology. Interdisciplinary focal points of teaching and research are European studies, East Asian studies, environmental studies, information and communication, women and gender studies, and public health. Students must have already studied German for at least two years. Fall, Spring, Year. Offered in the Fall by Hamline University.

Drury University Center in Aigina, a Greek island near Athens offers a rich educational experience, including participation in everyday life on a fascinating Greek island; an intensive academic program with workshops, seminars and lectures; extensive group travel in Greece as well as one other Mediterranean country are part of the total experience. Aigina is the second largest island in the bay of Athens. It is an artistic, intellectual, and entertainment center. Live and study in studio apartments and Drury’s new facility located in the heart of the island. All courses are taught in English. Offered in the Fall and Spring by Drury University.

Mexico – Oaxaca:
Located 325 miles south of Mexico City at an altitude of 5070 feet, Oaxaca boasts year-long sunny weather and blue skies. The city is also in proximity to several important archaeological zones and interesting villages featuring markets, handicrafts, special fiestas, and 16th and 17th century buildings. While in Oaxaca students will study at the Insituto Cultural de Oaxaca (ICO). This unique semester program explores the intersection of development, culture, and social change through the lens of the dynamic and evolving context of contemporary Mexico. Study tours include visits to archaeological sites, artisan craft and organic shade-grown coffee cooperatives, service learning projects with indigenous communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Mexico City. The final component of the program includes a full-time internship at a local agency, business, or non-profit organization. Offered in the Fall by Pacific Lutheran University.

This fall semester program at Bjørknes College in Oslo, Norway is particularly suitable for students interested in Communication, Political Science, and Peace and Conflict Resolution as it focuses on Norway’s approach to democracy, development and peace in our world today. American students study alongside Norwegian students in the Peace and Conflict Resolution bachelor’s program, providing opportunities to explore Global Governance, Africa: Then and Now, and Foreign Policy Analysis; all courses taught in English. Offered in the Fall by Pacific Lutheran University.

Interested to spend a month learning to analyze human skeletal remains in Peru? This field school provides beginning students with the opportunity to learn human the basics of human osteological methods, and provides advanced training for students with previous experience. In addition, students will receive instruction on the prehistory of the north coast of Peru. The program begins with workshops on osteological methods and the prehistory of Peru, after which, students are prepared to work five days a week in the lab, inventorying huamn remains, estimating age-at-death and sex, as well as collecting health data. We spend a few hours on Saturdays touring local archaeological sites including Huaca del Sol and Chan Chan, and Sundays are free days in Huanchaco, a colonial fishing village and world class surfing destination. Offered in the Summer by Wagner College.

Improve your French while studying alongside Senegalese students for spring semester, or for a full academic year, at the University Gaston Berger in St. Louis, Senegal, a lively African town with a bustling marketplace and an annual international jazz festival. Excursions during the semester include an orientation tour and exploration of the city of Saint Louis, ending at Cape Saint Louis for an overnight beach stay; a day at Djoudi, the second largest migratory bird site in the world; and four days and three nights in Nokolokoba, a wild game refuge, including stops at historically significant mosques, temples, and churches along the way. Must have at least two years of college-level French. Offered in the Fall and Spring by Hamline University.

Trinidad & Tobago:
Study in one of the world’s most ethnically and culturally diverse societies. In the Caribbean Culture & Society course examine and participate in the traditions of Carnival as well as up-close observations of a broad range of other island festivals. Related program excursions include visits to mosques, temples, and the rain forest of Tobago. In addition students take two courses from a wide range of offerings at the University of the West Indies, and become involved in a local community through a service-learning experience. This spring semester program is ideal for most majors, ranging from math and sciences to literature and humanities. No language requirement. Offered in the Spring by Pacific Lutheran University.

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