Types of Programs Available Through NIU

NIU is formally affiliated with, or directly sponsors, many study abroad programs. The programs that are approved through the Study Abroad Office may allow transfer of credit to an NIU degree. Regardless of the type of program, all students apply through the NIU Study Abroad Office and remain registered at NIU during their study abroad experience.

Students can choose among several ways to study overseas. Staff in the Study Abroad Office can help students select from the following options.

NIU-Administered Programs (Faculty-Directed) - Summer/Winter Sessions

NIU faculty members and academic departments organize NIU study abroad programs for undergraduates, graduates, students-at-large (SALs), and professionals. Students will earn NIU credit (usually 3 to 6 hours) in NIU courses, and remain registered at NIU while abroad.

While some programs are residency programs, others are travel seminars that introduce students to various countries and their cultures. Most faculty directed program are offered during the summer session. Some are offered during winter or spring break.

NIU administered programs offer a lower-cost alternative to the usual semester or academic year study abroad experience. All NIU administered programs are lead by NIU faculty members. Students and faculty will have the advantage of a significant international experience that enriches the international flavor of NIU campus courses.

NIU Cosponsored Programs – Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year

NIU approves many carefully-selected study abroad programs organized by agencies specializing in international education (AIFS, CEA, CIEE, CIS, ISA, USAC etc.). These organizations offer opportunities for meaningful study and life in an environment that provides support services, arranges housing, and facilitates course offerings. In most cases, they will also arrange excursions and cultural events.

The Study Abroad Office strives to offer Cosponsored programs that balance freedom of choice with the quality of programs available to NIU students.

Academic Internships

Academic internships allow students to progress toward their academic degree while earning practical experience in the field. Internships provide work experience in a realistic environment. They are available during the summer or the semester. Internships are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including liberal arts, sciences, visual and performing arts, education and business.

Non-Approved Programs

Students should exercise caution when choosing a study-abroad program. The best way to find the program that will work for you is to come to the Study Abroad Office and meet with a Program Coordinator, who can help you choose one of our approved programs. Students may petition to apply for a non-approved program; however, this must be done through the Study Abroad Office. Please start this process at least a year in advance.