We are thrilled that you are interested in participating on an education abroad program! There is much to consider and prepare when studying abroad and the Office of Global Engagement is here to support you throughout the entire process.
Review the information on this page for some basic information about education abroad programs. Afterwards, the best first step would be to schedule a meeting with the Director of Education Abroad.
PNW’s Program Types
PNW has many options for students who are interested in studying abroad. Below are the three main types of programs on which students may participate.
1. Faculty-Directed Programs
Faculty-Directed programs tend to be short-term programs that occur during academic breaks (winter or spring break) or during the summer. PNW faculty members develop coursework and take a cohort of PNW students to study a particular topical area somewhere around the world. Students participating on these programs pay a program fee that typically covers program housing, social-cultural excursions, some group meals, and international health insurance. Tuition may or may not be included depending upon the term. Students receive direct PNW credit for the coursework offered on the program. This is a fantastic model of education abroad programming for students to consider since the programs are pre-planned and students travel with trusted PNW faculty members and their peers.
2. Exchange Programs
Exchange programs allow PNW students to be an international student for a semester, academic, or calendar year at one of our many exchange partner universities around the world. Students pay their normal PNW tuition and fees and enroll in coursework directly at the host university, usually taking classes alongside local students. Typically, students must arrange their own housing and activities in country, however, some universities may provide support. Exchange programs are excellent options for students looking for an immersive cultural experience or for those students wishing to expand their foreign language skills.
3. Partnership Programs
PNW is developing partnerships with a number of third-party study abroad organizations who operate study centers around the globe or who partner with foreign universities. On a partnership program, students work with an approved third-party provider to enroll in classes either at a foreign study center or in a foreign university. The third-party providers often have local staff on hand to support students and they often organize social-cultural excursions that are included in the program fee.