Each student’s education journey is different and that holds true with education abroad choices as well. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when determining which type of international experience will best help achieve short-term and long-term goals. The items below are meant to act as a guide towards finding the program which is the best fit.
In order to participate in education abroad programs at Purdue University Northwest, students must:
- Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Be in good disciplinary standing with the university
- Have completed at least 12 semester credit hours of college-level courses except for programs designed specifically for first-year students (AP credit or dual credit courses in high school do not apply)
- Meet any other requirements set by individual programs
Other Types of Programs
- Special Permission, Non-Affiliated Programs
- Independent Programs (ex: individually arranged internship)
- Policy on Unapproved Programs
Research program options
- Consider long-term professional goals and how a particular program can help you achieve them. Look at academic and experiential offerings. Talk to education abroad alumni. Remember that your program is more than a chance to see the world. In the “Available Programs” section of this page, you will find different program types, each with their own features. Read more about the different program types that PNW offers.
Meet with the Office of Global Engagement – Education Abroad staff
- Discuss program options, scholarship/financial aid opportunities, and any questions you have about going abroad. The staff is here to assist you from the beginning steps of deciding to go abroad, through program selection/application, support while abroad, and re-entry assistance and resources after your return to the US. You can set up an appointment via the “Getting Started” page.
Meet with key offices on campus
- Talking to your academic advisor(s) early is key. These professionals can tell you about programs which have worked well for students of the same/similar majors, which courses can absolutely not be taken abroad (often senior capstones!), and what electives or subject-specific courses you need during any given term. We cannot stress enough the importance of letting your advisor know even now that you’re considering going abroad so that they can best support your international goal within the larger picture of earning your degree.
- Discuss with a financial aid advisor what steps are needed to ensure the maximum funding resources for your education abroad program. What are the financial aid deadlines for the term you will be abroad? What are your minimum/maximum enrollment limits? Do you need to update your expected family contribution (EFC) or cost of attendance (COA)? What documentation is needed to show continued satisfactory academic progress (SAP)? For more information on finances, visit our Funding page.
- Other faculty and staff on campus can also be key supporters as you prepare to go abroad. For example, the Career Center and faculty in your field can provide guidance on what kinds of experiences and skills would strengthen job or grad school applications. Other offices students often connect with are: Veteran Services, Honors College, Disability Access Center, and any other office you already work with at PNW.
Consider other commitments
- Discuss your intent to go abroad with anyone to whom you have commitments outside of the classroom. This often includes family, coaches, employers, commanding officers, and so on. Students who do not communicate and plan accordingly sometimes forfeit the payments made towards a program when they have to withdraw last-minute due to not getting the approved time off.