Apply to Study Abroad
Before You Apply
1. Watch Study Abroad Tutorials
Your first step is to watch these online informational videos. Occasionally in-person information sessions are also offered!
2. Meet with Your Faculty Advisor
Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss the best time to go abroad and which major, minor, or general education courses you should take.
3. Research Programs
Explore program options on this website. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How long do you want to study abroad?
- What type(s) of program interest you?
- What locations offer classes that will fulfill your major/minor/GE requirements?
- Where will your scholarships apply?
4. Meet with the Office of International Affairs
Once you have completed the first three steps – or if you’re not sure where to get started – contact Tessa Zanoni to set up a one-on-one study abroad advising meeting.
Johnson Center 159, Center for Student Engagement
Once you have chosen a program and reviewed the instructional video above, follow the steps below to complete the North Park Study Abroad Application!
Students wishing to study abroad during a semester, summer, or academic year program must submit the North Park Study Abroad Application for approval by the following dates:
- Fall semester or Academic Year program applications due: February 1
- Summer program applications due: February 1
- Spring semester program applications due: September 1
Late applications may be accepted for particular programs at the discretion of the Office of International Affairs. For best chance of placement, submit a complete application by the deadline. It is your responsibility to submit a complete application by the appropriate deadline.
You will need the following information ready in order to complete your application:
- Name of your preferred study abroad program
- Optional: a photo or digital copy of your passport. You can still apply without a passport, but if you already have one, please upload as part of the application.
- Short essay (in PDF or Word document): 300-500 word essay describing your academic and personal goals for study abroad. What specific situations from your past (i.e., coursework, job experience, travel, intercultural experience, etc.) have helped you prepare to accomplish these goals?
- Name & email address of your faculty advisor (not sure who this is? Check Webadvisor). You must enter this information on the application, and your advisor will be emailed a form to complete (click here to download a copy of the form).
- Name & email address of an NPU faculty member who you have requested to write a letter of recommendation for study abroad. They will receive further email instructions after you submit the study abroad application (click here for more details). Please be sure to contact this person at least 2 weeks in advance of the study abroad deadline and ask them if they are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.
Your application will be reviewed after your advisor and recommender have submitted their forms to the Office of International Affairs. Remember: you will need to complete supplemental application materials for the NPU Exchange, ISEP, and CCCU programs. Please contact Tessa Zanoni in the Office of International Affairs with any questions about the application process!