With program options around the globe, how do you choose the right one? Our resources on the following pages will start you on your path to studying abroad!
We are thrilled that you’re interested in participating on an education-abroad program! There is much to consider and prepare when studying abroad and we are here to support you throughout the entire process, from finding the perfect program to capitalizing on the experience when when return.
PNW’s Program Types
PNW has many options for students interested in studying abroad. Below are the three main types of 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.
Exchange programs allow PNW students to be an international student for a semester, academic or calendar year at one of our 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.
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.
Education abroad is an incredible experience–and it brings academic, professional and personal benefits.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Studying abroad does not have to delay your graduation! PNW has a variety of programs that can work with your degree program. The best thing to do is first meet with your academic advisor to learn what semester or term might be best to study abroad for your major, to discuss any courses you should look to take while abroad, and if you have elective credits you can take while abroad.
No! There are programs that cost less or close to what it would cost you to study here at PNW. In fact, exchange programs charge you the exact same tuition as you pay here at PNW. It is important to consider your total cost of attendance at PNW when comparing the cost of studying abroad; that is, what are you paying for tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, food, and personal expenses here at PNW?
Yes! There are study abroad scholarships at PNW and beyond to which you can apply. In addition, students who have a FAFSA on file may be eligible to apply their financial aid towards study abroad expenses. Meet with the Office of Global Engagement and the Financial Aid Office to learn more about your particular financial aid options.
No! While there are programs on which you can study a foreign language, the majority of programs offer coursework in English.
When you study abroad on a PNW-approved program you will earn PNW credit. The process for earning credit depends on the type of program on which you study. Check out our types of programs page for more information.
There are many different housing options depending upon the type of program you choose. Housing ranges from hotels, hostels, residence halls, apartments, homestays and more. Check out the program webpage for program-specific information.
Whether or not you will need a visa depends on a number of factors: the country to which you are traveling, the length of time you will be abroad, and your nationality. OGE is only able to provide limited information regarding visas; ultimately, it is up to each student to determine whether or not they will need a visa to study abroad. In general, U.S. citizens will not require a visa to study abroad on programs less than 90 days, however, this is not true for every country.
As with most things, international travel brings about certain risks, however, PNW considers the safety and well-being of its students to be of paramount concern when planning study abroad programs. We have a number of resources at our disposal that assist us in the review and vetting of proposed programs, including information from the U.S. Department of State, an international travel health and safety committee that reviews all study abroad programs, and a comprehensive international health insurance policy under which all participants are covered. Additionally, we provide training for our program leaders on health and safety matters and have a 24/7 emergency response phone number that activates university resources to assist in the event of an emergency affecting a participant abroad. All students will receive detailed pre-departure information that relates to the health and safety considerations for the country to which they are traveling.