Besides studying abroad, students have many opportunities for going abroad to further their experience. Options include internships, student teaching and research abroad. These opportunities can be excellent alternatives or complements to studying abroad. These programs all vary in cost, financial aid and application.
Internships abroad can be a great way for students to advance their careers while exploring another culture. Students who want to pursue internships abroad have a variety of options to choose from. Many study abroad programs offer internships alongside study abroad. Students can find internship opportunities through NWU’s sister schools, ISEP universities, ISA and IES among many others.
Costs and Financial Aid
Costs and financial aid for internships vary based on whether the program is exchange or non-exchange. Programs that are solely focused on internships are usually non-exchange. Some competitive programs are all-expenses-paid.
Internship Program Providers
Some ISEP Universities and NWU Sister Schools (exchange and non-exchange) offer internship opportunities. Students simply express their interest to the appropriate office at their abroad university and follow the appropriate procedure for that school. Some programs may require study abroad students to express their interest in internships prior to their arrival at the university. Research internship opportunities carefully and ask the Office of Global Engagement for help.
ISA Internships (non-exchange) strives to place students in positions that match their goals. Most ISA programs are eight weeks and happen throughout the year, but ISA also offers custom-date programs in which students can schedule their own abroad experience. ISA interviews students and reviews their resumes in order to find them a position that suits their experience and desires. Students going abroad through ISA also have the option of doing an internship in addition to studying abroad. ISA Internships offers locations in China, Australia, England, Chile, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.
IES Internships (non-exchange) guarantees students a placement in their field of interest. In addition to their internships, IES requires students to take an online internship seminar, from which they can earn three or six credits. This seminar covers important life skills such as resume building, global leadership and networking. They offer summer or semester placements in Barcelona, Berlin, Cape Town, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai and Sydney.
DAAD Rise (all-expense-paid) offers research internships in Germany in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, and other closely related fields. Students accepted into this program work alongside PhD students in their research. DAAD differs from other internship opportunities, in that there are no program fees. The DAAD program grants students a monthly stipend of 650 euros to cover living expenses and can last for up to three months between the months of May and August, but specific internships vary in length. Applicants do not need German language experience, but it is encouraged.
Cultural Vistas (non-exchange) provides students with internship and work opportunities including some competitive fully funded programs. Programs vary in length and in what is included. Some programs offer intensive language study alongside internships. Programs longer than 10 weeks may offer paid internships. Some examples of internship locations are Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Spain.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is an example of a program that goes through Cultural Vistas. CBYX gives students the opportunity to spend an all-expenses-paid year in Germany studying the German language, studying their major, and interning in their career field.
Student Teaching Abroad (STA)
Education majors at NWU are required to do student teaching. Students have the option of completing this requirement abroad. STA offers an assortment of countries for students to choose from including Ireland, Australia, England and New Zealand. STA is beneficial because it functions like an exchange program, in that students pay their normal rates and get their normal financial aid.
Email studyabroad [at] nebrwesleyan.edu for more information.
- Costs paid to NWU include the normal tuition and fees that a student would pay during a normal semester or year except for housing and a meal plan.
- The Program charges students a fee of $800.
- All NWU and federal financial aid can be used for STA just as they can be during a regular semester at NWU.
- The Education Abroad Grant (EAG) is applicable to students doing STA. The EAG is based on financial need and awards range from $200 – $2,850.
- Other scholarships may apply to programs based on a variety of factors. Some scholarships award up to $5,000.
The SFCRG is awarded to students and faculty who work together to prepare a research proposal. If the proposal is approved, the student(s) and faculty are awarded the appropriate amount of money to carry out their research including travel expenses. The SFCRG does not have to involve international travel, but if students have a research proposal in mind, this can be an excellent way to fund going abroad. Previous winners of the SFCRG have gone to Cuba, Australia, India, Mexico and Nicaragua and have focused on disciplines such as music, theater, biology, modern language, political science and more.
Cost and Financial Aid
The SFCRG covers all costs of the experience, including transportation, meals and housing.
Euroscholars is a program run by ISA that makes it easy for students to find research opportunities abroad. The program offers research projects at seven internationally renowned European research universities in almost any discipline. Euroscholars does not require students to have prior research experience, but students should have a strong interest in an academic or research career. Students interested in this program can search through a project database to find ongoing research opportunities that interest them. Euroscholars states that to date, all qualified students who have applied within deadlines have been accepted to the program.
- Costs paid to the program include a flat rate of $9,975 euros per semester with the dollar amount set each semester based on the exchange rate.
- Costs paid to NWU include a $300 administrative fee.
- Some federal financial aid can still be applied to the costs of non-exchange programs. Contact the Financial Aid Office to find out more about Federal Financial Aid on study abroad.
- Euroscholars offers their own scholarships that can award up to $2,000 euros per semester.
- Other scholarships may apply to programs based on a variety of factors. Some scholarships can award up to $5,000.