Prospective Students

Why should international students enroll at Northern Michigan University? With some of the friendliest students on a university campus, at NMU it is easy for you to make American friends, speak English, and learn about American culture in a safe, internationally friendly environment.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is one of the most challenging, interesting, and fun academic experiences you can have as a college student while still earning credit toward your degree! 

NMU has programs in over 50 countries where students can study and have studied abroad. Explore our offerings to learn more about what program may be a good fit for you.

To learn more details about how to plan a study abroad through NMU, join us for Study Abroad 101!

Current Students

The Office of International Programs has a variety of resources to help current international students studying at NMU: 

English Language Institute

Northern Michigan University’s English Language Institute is founded on the belief that language is best and most comprehensively acquired when taught using an integrative and project-based approach. Thus, our curriculum is informed and driven by the following principles: Exploratory Learning, Collaborative Learning, Digital Literacy, and Integrated Skills Learning.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars may be professors, researchers, scientists, or other academic personnel who are temporarily in residence at NMU who have defined access to identified University facilities with prior approval by the respective department head and college dean. A visiting scholar is typically in residence at NMU for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of one year.

Faculty and Staff Resources

The International Education Services office provides structure and direction for programs approved as offerings. Program types may include:

  • Faculty-Led Courses
  • Service Learning Experiences
NMU's Jamrich Hall
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"I chose NMU because I found a great program that is designed well and most of the professors are figures in the exercise science field. When I'm not in the library studying, I like to explore [Marquette's] Third Street and downtown area."

Abdulrahman I. Alaqil, Saudi Arabia

Major: Master's in Exercise Science

About Us

The International Programs staff at Northern Michigan University wants to know: Where do you want to go for your next global learning experience?

Whether you’re a student, a faculty or staff member, alumnus or community leader, we can help you explore the world. Sometimes it means study abroad. Sometimes it means bringing international experts to speak on campus. Sometimes it means simply getting together to share our collective experiences. 

Our web site is designed to teach you all about the activities of International Programs – from study abroad fairs and an international speakers series, to assisting with international student teaching assignments, facilitating studies abroad, and helping to develop faculty-led international learning opportunities.

So what part of the world is your next stop? And how do you want to get there from here?  We’re ready to help!

Our Mission

To serve to the university community and provide leadership in all aspects pertaining to the creation and sustainment of a campus culture which values and promotes both international and intercultural engagement as essential components of a meaningful 21st century education.


Our Vision

To engage the NMU community in a wide range of international experiences which nurture awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, peoples and ideas.

Contact Us

The International Programs Office, including English Language Institute (ELI) and International Admissions, is located at 203 Cohodas Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Phone 906-227-2510