The Study Abroad Office at NIU is located in the Division of International Affairs. Like internships, study abroad programs provide an excellent opportunity to connect students with the broader world beyond departmental boundaries. As NIU prepares its students for participation in the global economy, a study broad experience can greatly enhance their international perspective and ability to engage in cross-culture encounters. Too often students and faculty fail to recognize the opportunities associated with study abroad, in part, because of financial concerns. Department chairs can help smooth the way for more students to explore study-abroad programs by actively engaging their departments in dialogue about the benefits of an international experience as well as working with faculty who may be interested in developing their own study abroad programs. Several types of programs are available through the Study Abroad Office.