Frequently Asked Questions

Is it expensive to study abroad?
How expensive or inexpensive a study abroad experience is depends on you. The type of program that you choose and the cost of living for programs varies a great deal. Another big factor that can affect your budget is how much independent travel you do.

 

Does financial aid apply?
Students participating in the Study Abroad program are eligible for Federal Financial Aid (U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen).

 

Are scholarships available for studying abroad?
Yes. Please check Financial Resources for more information.

 

Will my classes transfer back to Northwood?
Yes. You will be able to receive Northwood credits for your classes. You will need to start working with an academic advisor and the International Programs Office six months prior to the start of an exchange program or three months prior for a short-term Northwood faculty-led program to make sure everything works out smoothly.

 

Am I eligible to apply to study abroad?

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to study abroad:

  1. Meet the required GPA of the program (usually 2.5)
  2. Complete the necessary prerequisite courses (if applicable)
  3. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and at the start of the program
  4. Have completed at least one semester at Northwood University
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If I am an international student at Northwood University can I still participate in study abroad?
Yes

 

Do I have to speak a world language to study abroad?
Not necessarily. The majority of our programs offer courses taught in English. There are options to learn in the native language but unless indicated, the courses are all taught in English. Northwood offers a discounted Rosetta Stone language program to help you learn other languages. More information about Rosetta Stone can be found at my.northwood.edu

 

How long can I study abroad?
Anywhere from a week to a year depending on the program you pick.

 

Will my classes transfer back to Northwood?
Yes, you will be able to receive Northwood credits for your classes. You should start working with an academic advisor and the International Programs Office a year in advance to make sure everything works out smoothly.

 

Where will I live?
Housing options vary depending on the program. Typically you can choose between a dorm, a shared apartment or a home stay with a local family if you are studying as an exchange student. Your accommodation during a short-term faculty-led trip will typically be hotels or hostels.

 

How much does it cost to study abroad? Is it expensive?
The cost of a study abroad experience depends on the type of program that you choose. The cost of living for programs varies a great deal. Another factor that can affect your budget is how much independent travel you do. Each program has a different fee structure and billing arrangement. We encourage you explore the Faculty-led Study Abroad page and the Exchange Programs page under Study Abroad in Blackboard to get more details about costs.

 

Does financial aid apply?
Yes, students participating in study abroad programs are eligible for Federal Financial Aid (U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen). Please check the Financial Resources page for more information.

Are scholarships available for studying abroad?
Yes, there are limited funds for scholarships. Please check the Financial Resources page for more information.

 

If I am not currently receiving financial aid, can I apply for financial aid for study abroad?
Yes. You may be eligible for student and parent loans for study abroad. You will need to fill out the FAFSA. Please check the Financial Resources page for more information.

 

How many credit hours does a student need to be enrolled in to be eligible for study abroad financial aid or scholarships?
Students need to be full time to receive any Northwood-funded scholarship. Students need to be enrolled in at least six credits to participate in the Federal loan programs. There are a few private loan options for those that are enrolled less than six credits.

 

Who should I talk to regarding questions about financial aid for study abroad?
Contact Nick Messing in the Financial Aid Office.

 

When are financial aid funds made available to study abroad students?
We are able to disburse scholarships, grants, and loans to students within 10 days prior to the beginning of the program. The business office will typically refund any overpayment to the student at the end of the week it is paid to the student account. Therefore financial aid funds may NOT be available to pay some pre-departure costs, such as the program deposit, visa and/or passport application fees, etc.

 

Can I use a Northwood Scholarship for study abroad?
Yes. Students currently holding Northwood scholarships may apply the scholarship to all study abroad programs EXCEPT:

  1. John Cabot University – Rome, Italy
  2. PALAZZI – Florence, Italy
  3. Universities Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) programs
  4. Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA Study Abroad) programs – CEA provides NU students program discounts through affiliation agreement
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* Some campus based scholarship may not transfer, for example, if students receive scholarship based on athletics (football/track/tennis scholarship, or DECA, Speech, etc. since these scholarship was meant to have students compete during the school year as representatives of school). Please check with the Financial Office to make sure a scholarship transfers. The student would only be ineligible for the semester that they are in the program at the foreign university. Upon returning to Northwood the scholarship will be reinstated (per students meeting the conditions of the given scholarship).

 

Does Northwood have any study abroad scholarships that I can apply for?

There are multiple scholarships available specifically for Northwood-sponsored Study Abroad programs. These scholarships are awarded based on financial need. There is no fixed award, but any scholarship awarded will cover only a portion of the Study Abroad program cost.

To apply for a Northwood University study abroad scholarship, complete the online form found in Blackboard under Study Abroad -> Financial Resources. (No awards can be considered without a completed program application.)

The Semester in Europe program has additional scholarships explicitly for students participating in this program. All students accepted into the program are eligible for these scholarships, which are based on academic merit and need.

  • Honors Scholarship for Semester in Europe
    • Students who have completed 12 Honors course credits can automatically receive the Semester in Europe Honors Scholarship of $2000.
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Are payment plans available?
No. Payment plans outside those outlined for the program are not available.

 

What is a passport?
A passport is an official identity document issued by the government of your home country.

 

What is a visa?
A visa is an official stamp (by the government of another country) placed in your passport that gives you permission to visit another country.

 

Do I need an electrical converter and/or adapter for electronics while abroad?
Most laptops and cell phones have a built-in voltage converter so you will probably only need to get a plug adapter. If your electronic does not have a built-in voltage converter such as hair dryers, then you will need to buy a converter.

Travel Adapter Guide

 

How do I get money in another country?
Most people use ATMs to get local currency while abroad. Just go to the ATM and enter the amount of local currency that you want. Your bank at home converts that amount into US dollars and withdraws the converted amount (in dollars) from your account. Banks may charge a nominal fee for the conversion. Check with your bank for details on the service fees as they vary.

 

What if I don't like my experience and want to come home early?
This is very rare; in fact, most students say they wish their programs were longer. It is possible to leave a program early (though there are financial and academic complications). Northwood will not be able to guarantee signing up for courses once it is pass the add and drop period. Similarly Northwood cannot guarantee a refund of fees paid.