Study Abroad

IPD students in traditional African dress

IPD develops and administers study abroad programs and exchanges that allow Northwestern students to study at premier institutions around the world.

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The first steps to studying abroad are to learn about study abroad at Northwestern and select the right program for you. Review the Study Abroad Guide to learn about the nuts and bolts of study abroad at Northwestern as you are researching programs. Also be sure to familiarize yourself with your school's policies and requirements for study abroad.

Use our Explore Programs section to learn more about our study abroad programs. You will find two types of programs:

  • IPD Specially Designed Programs are administered by IPD in collaboration with partner institutions. IPD Programs offer an interdisciplinary curriculum organized around a theme, such as global health, culture and identity, or political economy.
  • Exchange Programs allow participants to study a variety of subjects when they enroll directly in one of our partner universities around the world.

Also learn about the experiences of Northwestern students who have previously studied abroad on our programs. Our Student Voices section includes links to blogs written by students abroad, program evaluations, and more.

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