Study abroad offers your student the unique opportunity to learn while immersed in another culture. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to enrich their academic experience while at NIU.

No matter how long they're gone, students return from their time abroad with a broadened world perspective and heightened multicultural awareness. Intercultural competency, adaptability and appreciation of diversity are all valuable qualities that employers look for in an increasingly international job market.

To help guide your child though the study abroad process, you may want to purchase Study Abroad: A Parent’s Guide, published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Our staff is here to help address any administrative issues that may arise while your student is off campus.

NIU's Passport to the World

  • NIU encourages its students to study abroad as part of their educational objectives.
  • NIU is formally affiliated with, or directly sponsors, many study abroad programs.
  • All credits are pre-approved by the student's academic department.
  • NIU will accept financial aid for all programs from students who are eligible for financial aid. Tuition waivers do not apply, but other aid, such as grants and loans, may.

Contact Us

Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417