August 9, 2013

International Programs Highlight Northwood University’s Unique Value Proposition 

In conjunction with a growing number of specialty business degrees, Northwood’s Study Abroad Program exemplifies our unique value proposition. By introducing our students to businesses, markets, and people around the world, we reinforce our place as the school of choice in business higher education. 

Northwood’s Study Abroad efforts fall into three basic categories: 

  • Faculty-led programs
  • Exchange programs
  • Young Presidents’ Organization-World Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO) partnership.

Through each, we increase international awareness, understanding, and action around our brand while providing our students with incredible learning and networking opportunities, including internship and employment opportunities as well as lifelong memories and friendships.

Northwood University’s International Programs

During the 2012-13 academic year, our International Programs department hosted seven very successful faculty-led study abroad programs, with a total of 69 students participating. These programs offered our students the opportunity to travel together through a variety of countries in Europe, Asia, and Central America while also earning course credit under the direction and guidance of our faculty. Feedback from our students demonstrated very positive experiences and results, many of which are documented for your reading pleasure on our student-written Study Abroad blog at:

The International Programs Department also sent eight exchange students to study at our partner universities in France, Malaysia, and Italy for both semester and year-long programs—some of whom participated in internships during their time abroad. This past year, we also expanded our exchange program partnerships to include programs in Spain, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil and the United Kingdom, providing our students with even more opportunities and options.

Expansion plans for the coming academic year are also underway with growth on all fronts. Our international capstone program, “Semester in Europe,” will be led this year by Associate Professor Ed Howell from our Florida campus. Mr. Howell will travel with 13 students through nine different European countries during the fall 2013 semester.

In addition, we are also launching a domestic program this year for students, particularly international students, interested in exploring the United States in a more structured educational environment.

YPO-WPO & Northwood University Programs

Founded with the mission of providing a peer network of trusted mentors and a continuous learning environment for senior-level business executives, the YPO-WPO hosts study abroad programs aimed at cultivating, “Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange.™” Through the leadership of Northwood alumnus and Trustee Dr. Bob Grubb, and Mamiko Reeves, Dean of International Programs, Northwood has partnered with YPO-WPO since 2008 to host new and innovative programs for the organizations’ college-aged children.

Building on our award-winning record of success, Ms Reeves, Adjunct Faculty member Mr. Chris Nippert, and Mr. Stephen Vanchhawng, Director of International Education, ran yet another very successful “China Abroad” program this past year —our fifth to date—with 30 YPO students from 13 different countries participating.

In December, Dean Reeves and Dr. Jay Chandran, Professor and Chair of our International Business/Management Program on our Michigan campus, will team up to lead our second “India Abroad” program, while 2014 launch plans are also underway for our first-ever “Africa Abroad” program.

International programs are an integral component of our mission, and we should all strive to let prospective students and parents know about Northwood University’s unique offerings in this regard. It’s just one more example of our place as proven leaders in business education.

Have a great weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640