In-person Study Abroad
Nebraska Wesleyan University is cautiously resuming in person study abroad programs.
Nebraska Wesleyan University students can choose from several types of in-person study abroad programs.
- Exchange Programs
Study at a school that has a special agreement with Nebraska Wesleyan either directly or through an exchange network. There are over 200 exchange options to choose from. Every time a NWU student studies through an exchange program, a student from an exchange university will study here. The benefit is, your tuition doesn't change. You pay the same amount you normally pay Nebraska Wesleyan and receive all awarded financial aid. Plus you can receive an additional study abroad grant.
The largest cost of most exchange programs is normal NWU tuition and fees. Students do not have to pay tuition to the schools at which they study abroad.
- ISEP and University of Tartu exchange programs charge the price of a single room in Centennial Hall and a Sodexo Gold Meal Plan in addition to NWU tuition. With these programs, housing and food are covered. With all other exchange programs, students pay for their housing and food in the host country.
- ISEP exchange programs charge a non-refundable $100 application fee and a $375 placement fee. The placement fee is due only when students accept the offer that ISEP extends to them. No other exchange programs charge an application fee.
All NWU and federal financial aid can be used on exchange programs just as they can be during a regular semester at NWU.
- The Education Abroad Grant (EAG) is applicable to students going on Exchange Programs and Faculty-Led Programs for credit. The EAG is based on financial need and awards $200 – $2,850.
- Other study abroad scholarships may apply to study abroad program based on a variety of factors. Some scholarships can award up to $5,000.
Nebraska Wesleyan has bilateral exchange programs with five sister schools. Make an appointment with the Office of Global Engagement to find out length of study, tuition and fees, housing and food, language requirements and classes.
- Plymouth University located in the coastal town of Plymouth, England, is known as Britain’s Ocean City. Plymouth University boasts that they are consistently ranked in the “top 2%” of universities in the world. With over 23,000 students, Plymouth has resources that will advance students’ education while providing students a beautiful city to experience English culture.
- Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro (the Tec) is a university in Mexico with campuses throughout the country. NWU has an exchange program with the Querétaro campus of the Tec. Querétaro is a colonial city of one million people 125 miles north of Mexico City and has been declared to be a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. In addition to offering Spanish language classes for beginners and advanced speakers, the Tec offers courses in English.
- Kwansei Gakuin University, Campus Nishinomiya (KGU) is located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan in the beautiful city of Nishinomiya nestled between the Rokko Mountains to the north, Osaka Bay to the south, and Mount Kabuto in the center of the city. KGU strives to transform students into “global citizens” by offering international students a Japanese Language Track and a Modern Japan Track. KGU is an excellent university to improve Japanese language skills, but no prior experience in Japanese is required.
- University of Tartu in Estonia founded in 1632 ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world. The campus, spread throughout the city, excellently blends history and modernity. Estonia is a geographically diverse country, home to beaches, old-growth forests and over 1,000 lakes. The University of Tartu offers more than 200 courses in English, but students may also study the Estonian or Russian languages.
- Katholische Universität Eichstätt – Ingolstadt (KU) is a small, Catholic university in Germany that began as the first priest seminary north of the Alps. KU offers courses in both English and German, but their courses are mainly taught in German. Their teaching and learning practices focus on open dialogue and critical thinking. The university’s two campuses are in the beautiful German state of Bavaria, which is also home to a national park and the German cities of Munich and Nuremberg.
Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN)
MISEN is an exchange network associated exclusively with Methodist universities. MISEN’s goal is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and leaders in a fast changing and complex world, respecting not only the value of cultural diversity but also common humanity.
- Madero University (UMAD), the first ever Spanish-speaking Methodist University, is located in the city of Cholula in the state of Puebla, Mexico, and features volcanoes and archaeological sites. Additionally, the capital of Puebla, Puebla City, has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. UMAD bases their principles and values on the Christian tradition that believes education is key to a better life and improved social welfare. The university offers classes for non-native Spanish speakers, but at least two semesters of academic Spanish are required.
- Methodist University of Sao Paulo (UMESP) is one of Brazil’s most highly regarded institutions of education located in the coastal city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. With a population of 10 million, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. UMESP aims to educate people to influence and contribute to improving people’s lives based on knowledge and ethical values. The university’s International Relations Office organizes programs for international students to help them take in the Brazilian culture. Students studying at UMESP will need at least an intermediate level of Portuguese.
- Methodist University of Piracicaba (UNIMEP) is one of two MISEN universities located in Brazil. Located in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, UNIMEP has an estimated population of about 360,000. The thriving city has excellent residential neighborhoods and quality facilities including theaters, libraries, museums, shopping malls, research and study centers, and service and sports clubs. UNIMEP students have made great intellectual strides in scientific initiatives. The university requires at least an intermediate level of Portuguese or an advanced level of Spanish language knowledge.
- Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) is a beautiful university located in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo has a population of 9 million and is known for its rich and energetic culture, beautiful skylines and equally beautiful landscapes. AGU focuses on values that educate students to contribute locally and internationally as “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World.” AGU has two campuses—the Aoyama campus and the Sagamihara campus. The Aoyama campus offers all departments while Sagamihara campus offers the Japanese Studies Program. Students studying at AGU do not need any prior experience in Japanese, but those wishing to study the Japanese language must be able to at least use the two phonetic alphabets—Hiragana and Katakana.
- Soochow University was the first private university to be founded in Taiwan. Located in the capital city of Taipei, the Soochow campus is surrounded by lush green hills and a clear stream. Soochow is recognized as one of the most prestigious private universities on the island and has received China’s Ministry of Education’s “Teaching Excellent Program” every year since 2005. The university does not require any prior experience with Chinese language but requires students to take a language course.
ISEP is an exchange network that offers students over 200 different academic programs in over 50 countries all across the world. The wide range of destinations available makes ISEP a popular choice for students seeking exchange programs. With so many options, finding the right program can be daunting. However, ISEP’s website has an excellent search tool that allows students to sort programs by whatever category that students find most important. Moreover, ISEP’s application allows students to apply for up to 10 schools in one application. This way, if applicants do not get their first choice program, they could be accepted into the next best program. ISEP has programs that offer courses in all sorts of academic fields including many that are not offered at NWU. Furthermore, in addition to being able to take classes in English in over 140 ISEP exchange programs, students can take classes for beginners in an assortment of other languages from Arabic to Twi, from Czech to Italian, from Korean to Swedish.
Irish American Scholars is an exchange program that gives students the chance to study in the Emerald Isle (Northern Ireland). Northern Ireland is a beautiful country with rolling green hills, ancient castles, and roaring oceans. Moreover, the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland was named the “City of Culture for 2013,” where culture can be found in the theater and music festivals. Irish American Scholars offers programs at five different universities located throughout Northern Ireland—Queens University Belfast, University of Ulster, St. Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University College and Belfast Metropolitan College. NWU can nominate three students per year to be accepted into Irish American Scholars, and there is a minimum GPA of 3.2 required. One important note is that there is only one application deadline for students to apply—February 1. This means that if students want to go abroad in the spring semester, they will have to apply by February of the previous year.
Summer Exchange Programs
Many students at NWU decide to go on summer study abroad programs because they tend to be shorter and do not interfere with classes or sports at NWU. Summer exchange programs vary by length from a couple weeks to a couple months. Additionally, these types of programs can vary slightly by cost depending on whether students select an ISEP Summer Exchange or Tecnológico de Monterrey Summer Exchange.
- ISEP Summer Exchange offers programs at 5 different schools: University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Universidad de Guanajuanto, Mexico; Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrery Campus), Mexico; Yonsei University, South Korea; and Providence University, Taiwan. ISEP Summer Exchange differs from regular ISEP Exchange (see above) in that students are only charged half of the cost of a full semester and room and board at NWU. Like regular ISEP Exchange, students still do not pay costs for tuition, room, or meals to their study abroad university. To find ISEP Summer Exchange programs and more information on these universities, check out the ISEP website and click “Semester” and select “Summer” from the drop down. Next, click “More Filters” and select the “ISEP Exchange” box and “Apply Filters”.
- The Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro (the Tec) Summer Exchange Program is another option. The Tec’s Summer Exchange Program offers courses on the Spanish language and Mexican culture and includes an excursion to Teotihuancan that offers a buffet meal and pool party. Students on this program would stay with a host family for the duration of the trip, which begins in late May/early June and finishes in early July. Costs for the Tec’s Summer Program vary by year.
- Non-Exchange Programs
Students on Non-Exchange Programs usually can choose from more location options like Australia and the U.K. because they do not have to worry about exchanging with other students to study at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Costs paid to a non-exchange program can vary widely from a couple thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Students on non-exchange programs pay fees directly to their program. Factors that might influence the cost of a non-exchange program include the individual program, the country and length of study, and the university. Additionally, some programs have an application fee, so pay close attention to the details of applications.
- Costs paid to Nebraska Wesleyan include a $300 administrative fee. This is the only fee paid to NWU and allows students to go on non-exchange programs while still being enrolled at NWU.
- ISEP direct programs charge a non-refundable $100 application fee and a $375 deposit that goes towards the overall cost of the program. The deposit is due only when students accept the offer that ISEP extends to them.
NWU financial aid cannot be applied to students on non-exchange programs. However, you may find that some non-exchange programs can be less expensive than exchange programs.
- Some federal financial aid can still be applied to the costs of non-exchange programs. Contact the NWU Financial Aid Office to find out more about federal financial aid on study abroad.
- Other study abroad scholarships may apply to a study abroad program based on a variety of factors. Some scholarships can award up to $5,000.
With so many non-exchange programs available, Diversity Abroad and Go Abroad are search engines that can help. Diversity Abroad and Go Abroad search through a large variety of programs including programs facilitated through other U.S. universities. Try inputting your ideal study abroad program into the search filters and see what comes up.
Below are just a few of the many non-exchange programs available to students.
- ISEP Direct is by far the most popular non-exchange program. Similar to ISEP Exchange, ISEP Direct offers over 100 academic programs in over 35 countries. ISEP is a popular option for students going abroad because they have so many programs and they tend to be more affordable than other non-exchange programs. Additionally, students who apply to ISEP Direct are guaranteed acceptance into the program as long as they meet the program’s admissions requirements. At locations around the world, ISEP offers more than 80 programs in English, but students can also take classes in a variety of languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Czech and Urdu.
- ISA is a non-exchange program that offers courses in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. ISA focuses on developing students’ intercultural, historical, sociopolitical, professional, and environmental discovery. Students who choose an ISA program may find that they take classes with only other ISA students. Furthermore, ISA organizes cultural excursions for ISA students that are included in the cost for the program. While ISA has programs with over 12 languages to study, there are over 135 programs in English.
- CEA offers academically rigorous non-exchange programs. There are 11 different countries throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe that students can choose from. CEA engages directly with university faculty to ensure that course offerings are up to the standards of CEA. Students studying abroad through CEA may take courses at a CEA Study Center in addition to or in place of studying at a university depending on the program they choose.
- AIFS offers a wide range of non-exchange programs in Asia, Australia, South Africa and the Americas with many courses available in English and foreign language classes ranging from beginner to advanced level. AIFS guarantees their program fees in dollars, so students know exactly how much their program will cost. Their programs’ costs are also designed to be all-inclusive, so students can pay all of their costs together. Social and cultural activities are organized by AIFS at some program locations and are designed to complement students’ academic studies.
Summer Non-Exchange Programs
Summer programs are particularly attractive to students, because they tend not to conflict with any NWU classes or sports and are shorter. Students have the most choices for summer abroad through non-exchange programs. They can be cheaper than many other programs and can vary in length from a few days to a couple months. ISEP, ISA, CEA, AIFS, and many more programs have options for the summer and offer locations throughout the world.
- Faculty-led Programs
Faculty-led study abroad programs are short-term programs that typically take place during the summer but have previously taken place over winter and spring breaks. Professors plan these trips with a wide range of educational focuses. From biology to music, gender studies to communication, and education to nursing, students from all majors find faculty-led programs that interest them. Students can even go on faculty-led programs unrelated to their major. The programs can last anywhere between two weeks to over a month and offer three to six credits. Sometimes students can choose whether or not they want to take the program for credit, which can also affect the cost of the program.
Costs of faculty-led programs can vary widely based on a number of factors such as length of trip, country of destination, and the inclusion of airfare and room and board. Previous faculty-led programs have cost anywhere from $1,500 to $5,260.
The Education Abroad Grant (EAG) is available to students going on faculty-led programs for credit. The EAG is based on financial need and awards $200 to $1,000.
Student who earn a GPA of at least 3.75 are eligible for the Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship which awards $1,000 to 75 students across the nation.
2021 Faculty-Led Programs
Faculty-led programs for each summer are usually announced by mid-September. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic all Summer 2021 faculty-led programs were cancelled. Information about Summer 2022 faculty-led programs will be available later in the 2021-22 academic year.
- Internships Abroad
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.
- Research Abroad
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.