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Study abroad programs offer students an opportunity to explore and extend your learning beyond the classroom and beyond our borders allowing personal enrichment as well as career enhancement in all fields of study.

You can explore your field of interest through research and professional development opportunities or academic coursework around the world. These opportunities can occur during the regular school year, May term, and in the summer. Participate in these outstanding experiences and still graduate in four years. And to make these experiences affordable, you can apply for special travel grants and funding.

Kansai Gaidai University

Located in Osaka, Japan, Kansai Gaidai offers special programming in Japanese language and culture designed for international students. It is a four-year, accredited university that attracts several thousand students annually. Kansai Gaidai has cooperated in formal exchange agreements with more than 100 colleges and universities in the United States. Fluency in Japanese is not required as many courses are taught in English.

Center for Ecological Living and Learning

CELL is an official Northland College partner and a nonprofit educational organization inspiring students to bring creative, systemic solutions, and environmental stewardship to your life and leadership positions. You live with host families and/or in lodging run by community partners and have classes, lectures, field experiences, and service-learning opportunities in the region where your program is conducted. Programs are currently offered in Central America (Costa Rica and Nicaragua), Ecuador, Scotland, East Africa, and Iceland.

Round River Conservation Studies

Round River is an ecological research and education organization whose goal is the formulation and implementation of conservation strategies that conserve and restore wilderness. To that end, they strive to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. These efforts are anchored in the principles of conservation biology, supported by field research and community planning.

Round River semester and summer programs are entirely field-based, authentic experiences that offer the opportunity for small groups of students to contribute to actual conservation efforts in big, wild landscapes. Students from diverse backgrounds from the sciences to humanities study and work hard to immerse themselves in the ecology and culture of a place.

Currently, Round River offers programs in Namibia, Botswana, Chile, Wyoming, and British Columbia.

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)

HECUA is a consortium of twenty-two colleges and universities dedicated to experiential education. Founded in the late 1960s as a response to the turbulent times, the consortium now has a forty-plus year history of leading students out of the classroom and into real relationships with people and organizations working for change.

HECUA’s academically rigorous programs in Ecuador, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, and the United States focus on the need for equity, social change, and imaginative approaches to difficult problems. Each semester-long program aims to empower students and highlight their ability to advocate effectively for change in the world and at home.

The centerpiece of HECUA programs abroad are long-standing relationships with community partners in each country. These relationships, built and maintained by on-site program directors, allow for meaningful internships at a range of placement sites. Students benefit from the guidance and support of experienced internship supervisors, and spend up to twenty hours per week at their placement sites. Work in the community is integrated into the classroom for a truly immersive academic experience. Program alumni report that HECUA programs facilitate access to advanced study, employment, and engagement in their communities and in the world.

Study abroad program locations include Ecuador, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, and Northern Ireland.