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Study-Away with PNW

Explore new cultures, develop real-world skills and build unforgettable memories with Purdue Northwest study-away programs! From spring break experiences to semester-long trips, our flexible offerings fit your needs as you work toward a PNW degree.

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Want to Study Away?

We are in the process of relaunching PNW’s study-away opportunities and we want to hear from you! Fill out the form below and we will reach out with possible programs as they’re available.

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You can also contact our team at studyaway@pnw.edu.

Summer 2024 Study Away Programs

Statue of the national hero Juan Santamaria in Alajuela - Costa Rica, Central America

Sustainability and the Environment

Costa Rica

MARCH 9 TO MARCH 17, 2024

This exclusive Honors-only study abroad program introduces students to the country, people, and environment of Costa Rica.

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Peaceful sunset at the island of Andros, Bahamas

Educational Study Cruise


MAY 6 TO MAY 11, 2024

The Educational Study Cruise allows you to combine academic rigor and hands-on experiences that will transform your understanding of this dynamic industry.

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Marketsquare (Obermarkt) in the heart of Gelnhausen with historical half-timbered houses

International Summer University in Sustainable Energy Technologies


MAY 6 TO MAY 17, 2024

You can receive an immersive experience that provides insights into sustainable energy technologies and Germany’s rich cultural tapestry!

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Arco de la Estrella, Arch of the Star overlooking the Main square of Caceres in Extremadura, Spain.

Study Away in Spain


MAY 10 TO JUNE 6, 2024

You can explore the Extremadura, Cáceres, celebrated for its historical significance as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in this study away program!

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Barcelona - Park Guell, Spain

COB Study Away

Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, France

MAY 26 TO JUNE 8, 2024

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of French and Spanish cultures through visits to iconic landmarks.

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Paris, Eiffel Tower and river Seine at sunrise. Paris, France.

Study Abroad in Paris

Paris, France

JUNE 1 TO JUNE 29, 2024

Explore Paris off the beaten path, steering clear of over-tourism, and engage in authentic intercultural interactions and a sustainable way of life.

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A park in Lima, Peru

PNW in Peru


JUNE 24 TO JULY 20, 2024

Come explore Lima’s colonial past and cosmopolitan present, heading north to join archaeologists in uncovering history, while also engaging in hands-on community projects.

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Students stand in front of a waterfall in the Smoky Mountains

Natural History of the Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee


Live and study for a week inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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Why Study Away?

In addition to being an incredible, transformative experience, a study-away program can bring a host of academic, professional and personal benefits!

  • Add a global dimension to your academics, career and life.
  • Travel to new places and gain memories to last a lifetime.
  • Build independence and teamwork skills across cultures.
  • Develop experience to help you succeed in a global environment.

If you are interested in studying away or have questions, please email studyaway@pnw.edu.

  • Add a unique, comparative lens to your discipline.
  • help understand concepts through experiential learning.
  • Build your network through engaging work alongside PNW faculty, peers and international experts.
  • Use your international experience be a jumping-off point for research, internships and/or service learning opportunities.
  • Develop skills such as: flexibility, adaptability, comfort with ambiguity, communication, curiosity, empathy and intercultural competence.
  • Set yourself apart: fewer than 10% of American undergraduates study abroad/
  • 68% of study abroad alumni reported that it contributed to a job offer or promotion (IIE, 2017).
  • Gain a sense of independence.
  • Increase self-confidence.
  • Develop leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Travel and see new places.
  • Engage with those who are different from you and build an appreciation for diversity.
PNW student, Cassie Vickers, stands in a hallway in France

PNW's Study Away Program is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and every student should consider one before graduation. I was able to visit several cultural monuments and meet so many amazing people during my time away.

Cassie Vickers, ’25, Human Resources and Business Information and Analytics

I got the chance of a lifetime to study abroad and learn about the fascinating city of London. I saw beautiful architecture from the massive museums to the manicured lawns of Strawberry Hill. Every inch of London is enriched with a narrative of the past, enabling me to develop different perspectives on how spaces can be used and their sense of community.

Isabella Gozo, ’24, Nursing

Maddie Clarkson

For anybody thinking about studying abroad, just do it. PNW has so many resources that can help you.

A PNW student studying abroad

Having the opportunity to study [abroad] and work in Spain… The experience provided me with a great opportunity to ‘try out’ living and working abroad before I fully committed to a career in international journalism.

Important Resources

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Choosing a Program

With program options around the globe, how do you choose the right one? Our resources will start you on your path to studying abroad!

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Studying abroad can be affordable with scholarships, financial aid and other resources!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about study abroad from the Office of International Programs and Partnerships (OIPP).

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About Us

From choosing a program to exploring funding resources, we are here to assist you with all aspects of study abroad: before, during and after your experience.