Research Your Options

  1. To begin researching your options, peruse the study abroad literature located on the shelves outside the International Office and read the Study Abroad Handbook.
  2. Make a list of the programs that appeal to you and offer courses in your specific major.
  3. Decide whether you would prefer a group program or independent study and why.
  4. If you prefer to study abroad independently, research bilateral exchange, ISEP, and CCCU programs to determine which is the best fit. (Note: there are different costs associated with each program.)
  5. If one of your goals is foreign language study, check to see that you have satisfied the language requirements for a given program. If you prefer to study in English, make certain that the courses you need are instructed in English.
  6. Consider any challenges you may encounter in your region(s) of interest. Do some preliminary research on the religious, ethnic, and linguistic makeup of the country/region; its system(s) of political governance; and current events.
  7. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your interest in studying abroad, how it will complement your program of study, and the ideal time for you to study abroad.
  8. Meet with the assistant director or director of the International Office. Together we will address your specific goals for studying abroad, the application process and any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Apply Online

Students wishing to study abroad during the Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016 terms must submit their North Park Study Abroad Application by the following dates:

  • ISEP & Iceland (Summer/Fall 2015) program applicants: December 5, 2014
  • All other (Fall 2015/Spring 2016) program applicants: January 26, 2015

Late applications may be accepted for particular programs at the discretion of the Assistant Director and Director of the International Office. For best chance of placement, submit a complete application by the deadline.

January Transfer Students: Please see the International Office for special application instructions.

It is your responsibility to submit a complete application by the appropriate deadline. A complete application will include the following:

  1. Personal and program information
  2. Personal statement
  3. Letters of recommendation (number and type will vary according to program)
    • SVF applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation: (a) NPU faculty reference, (b) NPU faculty/non-faculty (coach, pastor, work supervisor) reference, (c) external reference (may not be a parent or friend) (Note: NPU Swedish language instructor cannot serve as a reference)
    • All other applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation from North Park faculty
      • Foreign Language study applicants – at least 1 recommendation must be from a faculty teaching in the specific language of study
      • ISEP applicants – references must use ISEP’s forms when submitting recommendations (Please come to the International Office for further instructions)
  4. Photocopy of passport or passport application

Online Application

Personal Information
7 digit student ID number with leading 0
Are you a U.S. citizen?

Please attach a scan of the inside, front pages of your passport, including photo, issue information, and expiration date. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your planned return. If you do not yet have a passport or need to renew it, you must include proof that you have submitted a passport application (available from the International Office). Passport offices frequently have long turn-around times and if you wait to secure one, you may not receive it in time to participate in a North Park program.

Program Information
Is your North Park education financed through either tuition remission or tuition exchange?
In other words, does one of your parents work for NPU, or is one of your parents a faculty/staff member at another U.S. college?
For which study abroad program are you applying?

SVF and Cuenca applicants should enter N/A.
Does this program have a foreign-language prerequisite?
If the program does have a language prerequisite, are you a native speaker of that language?
Please include any semesters you are currently enrolled in.
Application Information

Answering "yes" to any of the following questions will not necessarily disqualify you from studying abroad.

Have you ever received any disciplinary sanctions from North Park University?
Have you ever been charged with academic dishonesty at North Park University?
Are you currently on academic probation?
To the best of your knowledge, does the business office have your student account on hold?

ISEP applicants must pick up recommendation forms from the International Office.

All other applicants must choose three references and ask them to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf to Dr. Sumie Song, director of the International Office, by mail or email. See above ("Apply Online") for the number and/or types of recommendations required for your specific program.

You are responsible for communicating with your chosen references and asking them to address the following questions:

  • How long, and in what capacity, they you known the student you are recommending?
  • Please comment on a) the academic suitability of this student for study at an institution abroad; b) how studying abroad will benefit this student both academically and personally; c) the maturity of the student you are recommending; d) the potential for their adjustment to a new culture; and e) any weaknesses of the student, academic or personal.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your references either send their letters of recommendation to Dr. Sumie Song at the International Office (Box 7), or email them to her at ssong@northpark.edu by the deadline.

    Please note that you should allow your references at least two weeks to send their letters of recommendation.


    Please introduce yourself and explain your goals for studying abroad and for integrating into the host culture. What specific situations from your past (i.e., coursework, job experience, travel, intercultural experience, etc.) have helped you prepare to accomplish these goals? While it is understood that students will want to travel while studying abroad, foreign travel is generally not the type of goal on which you should focus your essay. *Note to ISEP applicants: You may use the same essay for both the ISEP application and this one.

    Additional Comments
    Digital Signature

    I assert that the information contained herein is truthful to the best of my knowledge. I also assert that I have read North Park University’s Study Abroad Handbook, agree to the terms by which study abroad programs are offered at North Park, and have confirmed that I meet the requirements of the program to which I am applying. I understand that all participants on North Park study abroad programs must complete and pass GBLS 1000: Pre-Study Abroad Seminar in the semester before they study abroad.