Types of Study Abroad Experiences

NMU has Partnered with High-Quality Organizations throughout the world to Provide:

  • Short Term Faculty-Led Options
  • Superior-Edge Service Learning Abroad
  • Semester, Summer, or Year Abroad
  • Exchange Opportunities
  • Summer Exchange Opportunities
  • Student-Teaching Abroad
  • Internships and Volunteer Work Overseas

Locations for Your Study Abroad Experience

Did you know internationalization is identified among NMU's core values? NMU has a number of partnerships with institutions around the world for you to embark on your life-changing study abroad experience. 

Study Abroad Types

Not all faculty-led programs are offered on an annual basis. What makes these programs unique?

  • Expert course content and leadership from NMU faculty and staff
  • Travel portion of the course is short-term, intensive, and economical in cost
  • Flexible option for students whose NMU schedule is packed during the fall and winter
  • Travel with friends, old and new! A comfortable strategy for students new to international travel

Check back for specific offerings and dates.

Not all service-learning programs are offered on an annual basis. You can ask the Center for Student Enrichment about the next scheduled rotation for a program of interest. What makes these programs unique?

  • A concentrated opportunity to earn Superior Edge service learning hours in a fun and cultural way
  • Flexible travel option for students whose NMU schedule is packed during the fall and winter
  • Travel with friends–old and new–a secure strategy for students new to international travel

Check back for specific offerings and dates.

Have you ever considered taking a summer, semester, or year of classes abroad? 

With our partners, there are great opportunities for you to experience classrooms on the flip-side of the globe and gain an in-depth view of world cultures up-close and daily! The benefits of studying abroad for students in college are numerous, and traveling overseas for school doesn't have to be as expensive as you think. In fact, some nations experience cheaper cost of living than the United States. 

Why consider a longer term abroad? 

Spending more time abroad can help you to break out of your comfort zone, become more independent, and challenge yourself with uncommon experiences that help you gain a better sense of who you are and what’s important. If a foreign language is your goal, being immersed in a culture that speaks the language you want to learn is the quickest and most effective way to learn it. When you study overseas, you can also take courses you don’t have the opportunity to take at home. You can also explore new hobbies or sports that aren’t as popular (or possible) to practice, and learn to interact with a culture different from your own. Most students who’ve studied abroad claim their time overseas was the best year of college. You’ll meet new friends who will want to share their culture, ideas, and learn about your, while creating lasting memories and developing life-long relationships.

Immersing yourself in a totally different culture is powerful. You’ll experience things like trying different foods, celebrating traditional customs, and learning the history of another country. A person’s culture reflects deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence their way of life. You’ll gain an understanding of this that can’t be taught with books. Previously held beliefs about foreign countries will change once you’ve been abroad. You may gain a new perspective on your own country too. It can be surprising just how much you know is slightly biased, based on where you’re from. It’s also a unique opportunity to educate others on your country, dispelling their stereotypes about you!    Do you need more reasons? This article will give you 10!

Our program partners:

  • International Studies Abroad (ISA) provides students the opportunity to spend a semester, year, summer, or internship abroad in locations throughout the world. You can also add service learning experiences onto your study abroad if you wish! Explore a current list of ISA options here: https://studiesabroad.com/
  • The Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) offers students the opportunity to use the world as their classroom, and can create customized options and "block" programming, so that a student could study in up to 3 different locations in one semester. Check out their list of flexible options here: https://www.ciee.org/
  • Global Education Oregon- Our partnership with the University of Oregon offers students specialized options and hands-on experiences that can enhance the outcomes of your major at NMU! Visit: https://geo.uoregon.edu/programs
  • Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) allows students to experience Japan up close. Learn more here: https://jcmu.isp.msu.edu/
  • Classport is an organization based in Dublin that offers students customized internships, summer options, and experiential learning throughout Ireland! Learn more here: http://classportinc.com/

Exchange Opportunities are study abroad opportunities at international universities that have direct relationships with NMU! Learn more here: NMU Exchange Partners

NMU also has enrollment partnerships with:

Students looking for a more intensive or long-term experience abroad should consider participating on an exchange program to one of Northern Michigan’s partner universities.  A full semester, summer, or year abroad program allows students to enroll in coursework and attend a university in another country for at least one academic term, living and learning with local and other international students.  A full semester, summer, or year abroad is a great way to continue improving language skills, learning about the culture and customs of a country, and provides student with the chance to live abroad independently with the help and support of great university staff.

Northern Michigan University has a variety of options for students in all majors, minors, and with all levels of language skills.   Use the links below to explore the country and coursework options available for students who would like to study on exchange. Each host university page has unique information related to applying, academic programs, language of instructions, accommodations, estimated expenses, and much more.  Students are also encouraged to read the general list of Frequently Asked Questions about participating on an exchange.  And check back frequently!  NMU is always busy adding new partners and opportunities for exchange programming.

Follow the links provided to learn more about Northern Michigan University's partner schools abroad and see details about each institution, including best-fit majors, accommodations, and more.

China


Finland

  • Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (New site coming soon!)

  • XAMK Mikkeli (New site coming soon!)


Germany


Japan

  • Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) (New site coming soon!)


Norway


Sweden


South Korea


Switzerland

 


Romania

  • University of Art & Design Cluj-Napoca (New site coming soon!)

These programs are not restricted to certain majors, but have relevant classes. If you are looking for a cultural experience outside of your field, these are perfect for you!

If you are interested in finding out cost and other information, make an appointment with the International Programs Office!

Student teaching abroad functions much like NMU’s semester-length exchange programs. Placements are set up one-on-one with NMU partners around the world. 

The basic elements are:

  • Attendance at pre-student-teaching meeting – usually two semesters before you plan to student teach; there is a box on the application to check, marked “Interested in International Assignment.”
  • Satisfactory completion of major/minor and methods courses.
  • Approval from the NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service and your academic adviser(s).
  • A meeting with IPO to discuss options and follow-up application requirements.
  • A completed student teaching application (Education) AND overseas program application.
  • Communication with the overseas cooperating institution/teacher and university-approved supervisor.
  • Visa paperwork, immunizations, police clearance, as required.
  • Pre-departure orientation, coordinated by International Programs Office.
  • Program payment.

NMU has formal arrangements with the following organizations and institutions:

Other opportunities may be arranged on an individual basis. Contact Joe Lubig in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service.

An internship is an opportunity to integrate professional, career-related experience into an undergraduate education by participating in planned, supervised work. Internships expose students to responsibilities and experiences in career fields of interest and complement what is learned in the classroom.

Why consider an international internship?

Exposure to international culture is becoming a necessary and valuable experience for college graduates entering the job market. An international internship in an academic program brings a significant edge to individuals when seeking career employment. Interns not only gain practical work experience in a field that they intend to pursue but also build cross-cultural competence.

Where can I intern for NMU credit?

Almost anywhere around the world! NMU has partner programs offering placements in New Zealand or Australia, China, Japan, Argentina, Ireland, Europe – including France and Spain… and more.

How do I arrange credit?

Before you sign up for a partner program, talk to your NMU academic advisor and your academic department head. It's important to know the rules and procedures for arranging internship credit, because departments vary in their requirements. Most internships are offered as Internship Credit under a 498 course number or 495 as Directed Study.

What kind of internships are available?

NMU students have found exciting internships in:

Legal Firms and Political Offices Theater, Journalism, Documentary Film
Finance and Accounting Business and Hospitality Management
Environmental Science and Alternative Energies Computer Information and Science
Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Other Ideas? Explore Your Dreams!

NMU Partner Programs

  • TaLK Program: Teach and Learn in Korea - Selected students teach English under the direction of certified teachers in rural South Korean public schools. Qualified applicants receive transportation costs, housing and a monthly stipend
  • Classport- offers internships and experiential learning opportunities in a variety of majors
  • CIEE helps students to gain real-world experience, build a strong resume, and acquire global competencies overseas as an intern
  • ISA –International Studies Abroad – offers internships in many locations and to assist students in a variety of majors
  • EducationUSA - American students are invited to assist EducationUSA through internship opportunities at participating advising centers around the world. An excellent opportunity for a student planning to study abroad or for recent college graduates

The placement process for each program differs, but always includes a review of your resumé and academic transcripts, a strong statement of purpose, and usually an interview prior to final placement

Fees and Financial Aid

Most international internships are NOT paid – in fact, you will pay a fee to the organization to cover expenses such as on-site management and supervision, housing, cultural experiences or field excursions, and reporting costs for your NMU academic department. You will also need to budget for personal spending and international airfare.

If you are on an NMU-partner internship program and are earning academic credit, you may apply financial aid towards the total cost of your internship abroad. The International Programs office will prepare a budget that includes your cost-of-attendance for the internship portion of your semester. You will then schedule an appointment with an NMU Financial Aid officer to discuss options for funding.

How to Apply

  1. After talking with your NMU academic department head and/or advisor, schedule an appointment with us 
  2. Complete the appropriate application forms associated with your program.
  3. Arrange appropriate NMU course registration for the semester of your internship.
  4. Complete all interview processes, book airfare, pay your NMU e-bill, and attend the mandatory orientation session hosted by the IES each semester.

Study Abroad Locations

Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences (FH Bielefeld) works closely together with the industrial and business communities and social and cultural institutes in the region. The student population at Bielefeld is around 10,000. Enrolled student study applied sciences such as Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Business. With some 333,600 inhabitants, Bielefeld is the largest city in the region of East Westphalia-Lippe and is considered the economic center of the region. The city has over 35,000 students and is one of the biggest student cities in Germany.

FH Bielefeld

Site for Exchange Students at Bielefeld


 

Basic Information

Language of instruction: English/German

Best major/minor: Accounting, Construction Management, Economics, Electrical Engineering Technology, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Risk Management,  Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester: September - February (please note: Bielefeld refers to this semester as “Winter”)

Winter/Spring Semester: March - August (please note: Bielefeld refers to this semester as “Summer”)


 

Housing

Student dorms are available at Bielefeld, but are filled very quickly. The International Office works with exchange students to arrange available housing - whether on campus or a private hostel. Students will receive an accommodation offer during the application process. Click here for more information on housing at Bielefeld.


Meal Options

Meal plans are not offered by Bielefeld, but students will obtain a meal card upon arrival at Bielefeld. The meal card requires a 5 Euro deposit, which is returned upon departure. If using the the on-campus cafeteria/canteen (Mensa), money can be deposited on meal card. Meals cost between 2-4 Euro.

Typical grocery costs are around 200 Euro ($222*) per month. For more information on living costs at Bielefeld, click here.


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance costs to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing and services will be paid directly to Bielefeld.

The semester fee is a mandatory fee to study at FH Bielefeld. Two thirds of the contribution are used to pay for your semester ticket, which enables you to use local public transportation in the region; the rest goes towards the Student Service (Studierendenwerk) and the Student Union (AStA). You will be able to download the semester ticket 3 – 4 working days after you have paid the semester fee. For more information on the semester fee, click here.

Coming Soon: breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at Bielefeld.


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. Complete FH Bielefeld Exchange Application. You will need the following documents:

    • Online Bielefeld Application Form

    • Official Copy of your NMU Transcript 

    • Curriculum Vitae

    • Copy of your passport information page

    • One recent passport photo

    • Learning Agreement (can be obtained from Exchange Coordinator)

    • Proof of International Health Insurance Coverage

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


Deadlines

Nominations:

  • Fall Semester: May 15th

  • Winter Semester: November 15th

FH Bielefeld Applications:

  • Fall Semester: May 15th

    • Please note: Applications cannot be submitted until April 1st 

  • Winter Semester: November 15th

    • Please note: Applications cannot be submitted until October 1st 


How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.

To find courses taught in English, click here for Business classes and click here for Engineering & Mathematics. (attach PDF docs off of Bielefeld Website)

Please note that you will need a German level of at least B2 to take part in the Business courses that are taught in German. You will need a German level of at least B1 to take part in the courses of the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics that are taught in German.

Even if the courses you are taking at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences are taught in English, you should consider learning German to manage everyday life in Germany.

A German language course is also offered in the orientation week and during the semester.


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Bielefeld follows the standard European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Please plan on enrolling in at least 24 ECTS credits.

Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.


Other important links

Campus Map Bielefeld

Main Building Campus Bielefeld


Last updated: 2/17/20 
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

 

The student exchange program at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) is designed to develop a global perspective by gaining an appreciation of cultural diversity through immersion of academic and cultural experiences. 


Basic Information

Language of instruction: English or Korean if you have experience

Best major/minor: Business, economics, engineering, history, international relations and politics, languages, law, natural sciences, philosophy, and social sciences

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester: September - December  

Winter/Spring Semester: March - June


Housing

The university provides plenty of dormitory options for students. There are currently 3 different dormitories for international students to choose from, the HUFS dorm (Global campus), International House A & B (Seoul campus), and Globeedorm (Seoul Campus). All located within a 2–3 minute walk from campus. You can choose your preferred accommodation option in the application form for Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

Find out more about the accommodation options and prices in Seoul.


Meal Options

Food options depend on which dormitory you chose to stay. In the HUFS dorm, there is on-campus cafeterias serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for affordable prices. In the International House A & B, there are kitchen facilities available. In the Globeedorm, lunch is available for a small price every day at the on-campus student cafeteria; this cafeteria is open to all Hankuk University Seoul campus students.

Find out more information on meal options and service locations/times. 


Estimated cost of participation

Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. 


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest. ​​​​

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad 

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice

  5. Application and Required Documents: 

    • Printed Online Exchange Application form 

    • 1 brief essay of personal history and plan of study 

    • 1 copy of academic transcript

    • 1 certificate of current enrollment at home university

    • 2 photos (3X4cm) with white background color (of what?)

    • 1 copy of the information page of passport 

    • Dorm application form 

    • Health examination form (Dorm applicants only)**

    • 1 copy of evidence of proficiency in English language or reference letter - Email application documents to hufsexchangeapps@gmail.com 

 

Please Note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


HUFS Deadlines

Deadline for Application: 

Fall: April 30

Spring: February 28


How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university. 


Understanding Grades and Credits

Regular Semester Course performance is graded on the following 100- point scale. 

A 100 - 95
A- 94 - 90
B+ 89 - 85
B- 84 - 80
C+ 79 - 75
C- 74 - 70
D+ 69 - 65
D- 64 - 60
F 59 - 0

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on their NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.


Other important links

HUFS Exchange Brochure
More information on HUFS


Last updated: 12/27/19

Konkuk University’s main campus is located in the southeastern part of Seoul near the Han River. The university is easily accessible from Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul by public transportation. The university has two campuses and enrolls about 30,000 students. International exchange students can study for one or two semesters at Konkuk.


Basic Information 

Language of instruction: English, Korean

Best major/minor: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, International Studies, Political Science

*Please note: there are classes taught in English on various topics other than the listed majors above. 

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester:   Early September - late December

Winter/Spring Semester:  Early March  - late June


Housing

Konkuk University will guarantee on-campus housing to international students for one semester. The on-campus residence halls are called KU:L House. If an exchange student plans to continue at Konkuk for a second semester, they will be required to move off campus. However, there are volunteer students that assist international student in obtaining off-campus housing.

The dormitory fee is 2,080,000 Korean won ($1,740*) per semester and must be paid prior to arrival in order to save your room. The rooms are furnished single and double rooms. Room amenities include a private bathroom, linens, mini-refrigerator, air-conditioner, and free Wi-fi. Facilities include lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, and mail boxes in each residence hall. Also there are many businesses nearby, including a cafeteria, bakery, café, hair salon, stationary store, convenience store, and restaurants.

Koreans use 220 volt outlets so you will need an adapter.


Meal Options

KU has several cafeterias that offer Korean and Western meals as well as snacks. Please note that hours of operation may vary. Meal plans are also available and can range from $1200 - $2400* per semester.

For information on campus dining, click here. 

For information on costs of meal plans at Konkuk, click here


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition and fees to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing, meal plans,  medical insurance, and services will be paid directly to Konkuk university.

Students must purchase additional international health insurance in their home country prior to departure. Exchange students who have purchased overseas health insurance are required to submit a copy of their insurance policy to KU at the New Student Orientation. The NMU International Education Services office works with a company called GeoBlue to provide health insurance to students who study abroad. Please visit the office to inquire about the cost.

Click here to view a breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at Konkuk University. (link to cost worksheet)


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice by email.

  5. After nomination is confirmed with Konkuk, the application process can begin.

  6. Application Documents will be emailed to Konkuk:

    • Signed Application Form

    • Official Copy of your NMU transcript 

    • Scanned copy of your passport identification page

    • Recent color passport photo (3.5cm x 4.5cm)

    • Dormitory Application Form

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences.


Deadlines

Nomination deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 18

  • Winter Semester: October 18

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 15

  • Winter Semester: November 15 


How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.

KU will provide the official course lists (taught in English) shortly about 1-2 months before the semester starts.  Please use the previous year’s course list (taught in English) to review the course that may be offered during the coinciding semester.

To review courses, click here.


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.

For more information on grading scale at Konkuk University, click here. 


Other important links

Konkuk University Exchange Website 


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

Kwangwoon University is located in Seoul, South Korea. They have about 8,000 undergraduate students with over 130 different degrees. 

https://www.kw.ac.kr/en/index.do 


 

Basic Information

Language of instruction: English/Korean

Best major/minor: International Studies

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester: August 26 - December 13

Winter/Spring Semester: Early March - Mid June


Housing

Application Deadline is May 15. Exchange students will live in a dormitory facility with a roommate. The dorm rooms include beds, desks, wardrobes, bathroom and an air-conditioner. The public facilities in the dormitory include washing machines, fitness room, kitchen, and convenience store. Students will need to provide their own blankets, pillows, and sheets. 


Meal Options

There is not a meal plan being provided but there are kitchens in the dormitories that you will be able to make food for yourself. There are also different cafes on campus you can go to.


Estimated Cost of Participation

 Information forthcoming.


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad (indicate program of interest)

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. Application for admission

  6. Self-introduction and school plan essay 

  7. Consent form for academic background check

  8. High school (Expected) graduation certificate

  9. Transcript for all years in high school 

  10. Copy of applicant’s passport

  11. Application fee KRW 120,000 ($100*)

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


Deadlines

Application due: May 15th


How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university. 


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.


Other important links

Last updated: 12/29/19
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

Linnaeus University is one of the larger higher education institutions in Sweden, with locations in two different cities - Kalmar and Växjö. It is known for its strong international profile. Every year more than 1,600 international students from all over the world go there to study. The learning environment is characterized by an active student life with teaching and research staff in close proximity to students. The buildings are modern and environmentally-friendly. The university has good connections with local businesses and organizations.


Basic Information

Language of instruction: English, Swedish

Best major/minor: Biology, Business, Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Food Science, Mathematics, Peace and Development Studies 

Eligibility:  Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester:  Late August-middle of January (please note: Linnaeus refers to this semester as “Autumn Semester”

Winter/Spring Semester:  Middle of January -first week of June


Housing

Linnaeus University arranges accommodation for all incoming exchange students from outside of Europe, provided that they submit their online application within the stated deadline. Rooms and apartments are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. By requesting help from Linnaeus University in arranging housing, the students certify that if they cancel their studies later than four weeks prior to the arrival, they are still required to pay three months' rent.

Your rent depends on the size of your room. Rent is paid one month in advance. A SEK 1,000 ($102*) deposit, which is payable when you pick up your keys, is required.

You are expected to provide your own bed linens, towels, and kitchenware. Dorm rooms and apartments have internet connection, but you will need a network adapter/card of Ethernet standard 10MB and a TP cable of Category 5.

If you wish to send packages of personal belongings before you arrive, Linnaeus has provided addresses and instructions for sending packages here. 

Linneaus Housing Video


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition and fees to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing, medical insurance, and services will be paid directly to Linnaeus University.

Insurance coverage from Sweden

More information on the cost of living in Sweden

Coming soon: breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at Linnaeus University.


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad 

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. After nomination is confirmed with Linnaeus, the student will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed with application.

  6. Please note: Choosing your courses before applying is crucial. There are limited possibilities to make changes after the application process is finished and there is NO add/drop period. 

When you submit your application, the following documents should be enclosed to show your eligibility:

    • Linnaeus Exchange Application Form (signed by both student and home university coordinator) A link to this form will be provided in student’s acceptance email.

    • Official Copy of your NMU transcript 

    • (Waived for native English Speakers) Certificate of English proficiency. This is a self-evaluation form, provided in the acceptance email, and must be signed by a professional language instructor.

    • Scanned copy of passport (in pdf format)

    • Pre-course evaluation sheet (from home university). You will be selecting courses at this time!

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences.


Deadlines

Nomination deadlines: 

  • Autumn semester 2019 or Academic Year: March 15

  • Spring semester 2019: September 15

    • Once confirmed, the nominated students will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the online application. 

Online Application:

  • Autumn semester 2019: April 15

    • We strongly recommend to submit the applications by April 1 because of limited course availability. After April 15th, you cannot change your course choices. 

  • Spring semester 2019: October 15.

    • We strongly recommend to submit the applications by October 1 because of limited course availability. After October 15, you cannot change your course choices


How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.

Choosing courses at Linnaeus is very different than planning your classes for an NMU semester. Courses are taken one at time. For more information, please talk to the exchange coordinator at your home university.

To find courses for exchange students (in English), click here


Understanding Grades and Credits

In order to be an exchange student at Linnaeus, you must enroll in at least 30 ECTS credits. ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer System and is typically divided in half to determine US credits. For example, 30 ECTS credits will be the equivalent of 15 US credits.

Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.


Other important information

Non-EU/EEA citizens must have been granted a student residence permit ('uppehållstillstånd för studier') before entering Sweden. In order to qualify for a residence permit, you must have been granted admission to full-time studies (at least 30 credits per semester). You should apply for your permit on the Migration Agency's website or at the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate 2-3 months before departure. Don't leave for Sweden without your student residence permit! A tourist visa is not sufficient as it is only valid for three months.

You need the following documents when applying for your student residence permit:

  • Copy of your passport

  • Letter of acceptance from Linnaeus University, the Notification of Selection Results

  • Certificate showing comprehensive medical insurance cover valid in Sweden. Fee-paying students are covered by the FAS insurance (the condition is that you have paid your tuition fee for the first semester). This insurance is issued under the authority of Kammarkollegiet. You can find the information regarding the FAS insurance on the Notification of Selection Results, that is what you upload when the Migration Agency ask you for proof of insurance.

  • A bank statement showing sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies (e.g. a bank guarantee), approximately SEK 8190 per month OR a document proving you have been awarded a scholarship or are in receipt of a study grant/student loan/salary or equivalent, detailing the amount and period during which you will be receiving the funds.

For further information on residence permits, please visit the Swedish Migration Agency. A list of Swedish embassies can be found here.


Other important links

Linnaeus University Exchange Student Webpage
Linnaeus Instagram: linneuniversitetet
Linnaeus Facebook


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

International activities promote students’ ability to work in international and multicultural environments. We receive approximately 600 international students each year, representing over 20 countries. Xamk’s international networks provide access to studies and work placements abroad. Xamk has approximately 350 partner schools.


Basic Information

Language of instruction: English, Finnish

Best major/minor: Business, Nursing, social services, energy technology, Information technology, environmental studies

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester (Autumn term): August - December 

Winter/Spring Semester: January - April 

Housing: Mikkeli Student Housing Ltd (MOAS) is specialized in student accommodation in Mikkeli and is the easiest way to find accommodation for your exchange period. You can submit an application here.

There is usually a long waiting list for apartments in autumn because of large number of new students in town. Moas does its best to arrange an apartment for as many students as possible. You need to apply for the accommodation as soon as you have received the letter of acceptance from Xamk. We will inform Moas office about your acceptance for an exchange and will send the study certificate to Moas on your behalf. Be sure to write your email address correctly in the application form because Moas will send you an email when they have an apartment reserved for you. The email includes instructions for paying the deposit fee (IBAN and SWIFT). You have approximately one week time to confirm the reservation to Moas and pay the deposit fee. Without a reply, you will lose the reserved apartment and your application will not be on the waiting list anymore. The deposit fee is 300 € ($330*) for a room in a shared apartment and 400 € ($440*) for a single-room apartment. The deposit must always be paid in time to confirm the reservation.


Meal Options 

Student residences (referred to above) include a kitchen. Per month, lunch at the canteen on campus is approximately 60 € ($66*)


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition, and fees to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad.  The cost of housing, health insurance and services will be paid directly to the XAMK.


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. Nomination to our exchange/ double degree programs is done by your home institutions international office.

  6. You will then receive via email, a username to the application form, where you create the password and then you should be forwarded to the actual application form

  7. Select the right type of form (studies or practical training), dates, and start filling the form

  8. Upload the required attachments, relevant to your application

    • Transcript of records of your studies issued by your home institution

    • Copy of your passport or ID card

    • Motivation letter in English

    • Proof of English language proficiency (only Double degree applicants)

    • CV (only students applying for practical training)

    • Portfolio (only Design students to Kouvola campus)

  9. Submit the Online application form by the deadline

  10. Scan and send signed Learning agreement/ Training agreement/ Study plan to the responsible coordinator (see exchange/ double degree program page) as soon as possible.

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


Deadlines

Nomination:
May 1 and October 15

Application:
Autumn term: April 1 - May 15
Spring term: September 15 - November 1


How to Search for Courses

https://www.xamk.fi/en/exchange-programmes/?fwp_type_of_exchange=exchange-studies-en&fwp_campus=mikkeli-en 

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university. 


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.


Other important links

"Beginning the Studies" page

Last updated: 11/27/19

*U.S. dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

Since beginning its first study abroad program in 1985, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) has developed a proud tradition of international exchange with partner universities around the world. Now, the program has expanded to the point that one of every three NUFS students is sent abroad and 300 international students are received at NUFS each year. Students from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Taiwan, Korea, and other countries are currently studying at the University. To help support these students in their pursuit of “Language Power,” “Communication Power,” and “Human Power,” the University offers conversation partners, volunteer opportunities, and other venues for international exchange.


Basic Information

Language of instruction: English and Japanese if you have experience
NOTE: You must at least learn the phonetic writing systems of hiragana and katakana before you come to Japan. The beginning Japanese language text book is written entirely in Japanese and assumes that you know the above two systems of writing.

Best major/minor: English, business, language, history, literature, art

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester: September - February

Winter/Spring Semester: March - August


Housing

All full-time students are required to live in housing arranged or approved by the JASIN Program. Two types of housing are available for JASIN study abroad students: Home stay or Dormitory

Home stay
Entry fee: 35,000 yen ($322*)
Monthly fee: 70,000 yen ($644*)
Food: Breakfast and dinner included
Transportation: Depending on the location, transportation costs can be between 280 and 800 yen ($3 - $7*) per day.
Notes: Some host families have a lax attitude toward their student’s social activities, but others insist that their students keep a regular schedule. Most students are placed one to a family, but occasionally two students may live with the same family based on availability.

Ampelos Dormitory
One-time entry fee: 20,000 yen ($184*)
Bed clothes: 10,000 yen ($92*)
Room and Board: 42,000 yen ($386*)  monthly, single room or 21,000 yen ($193*) monthly, double room
Dining : 20,000 yen ($184*) monthly, includes breakfast and dinner
Other Costs: Utilities (charged by use, minimum 1,000 yen [$9*], average 5,000-7,000 yen [$46 - $64*])

Each Ampelos room includes a platform bed, desk, chair, bath, toilet, sink, stove, air conditioner/heater, phone, shoe closet, and closet. Internet service is included within the charges. 


Meal Options

There is a dining hall located in the Ampelos Dormitories. Breakfast and dinner are served at the dining halls. 

Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students have to pay for their textbooks and for everyday living expenses which include all lunches and transportation between the college and their host family’s home. (Students in the dormitory can walk to classes.) Of course, the amount of money spent by each student varies widely depending on how much shopping, traveling and socializing the students engages in. Students report that is is very difficult to live on less than 5,000 to 10,000 yen ($46 - $92*) per week, with 10,000 to 20,000 yen ($92 - $184*) per week being more realistic. Traveling and socializing in Japan are relatively expensive, but they are also valuable experiences in getting to know more about Japanese society than the classes, field trips and housing situations provide.


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. Visit and fill out form A-D, housing form, and also the application here.

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


Deadlines

October 31 Home stay application deadline
November 30 Late application deadline (dormitory housing only)
Mid-December Selection committee home institution informed of decision  E-mail to student and mailing to home institution (Acceptance letter, introductory information, accommodation information, calendar, invoice for outstanding fees) 
January E-mail to student and mailing to home institution (Certificate of Eligibility for student visa)
January-February Apply for student visa
January 15 Travel plan due
January 31 Outstanding fees due
March 26/27 (tentative) Gathering in Fukuoka
March 28 (tentative) Orientation begins
April 8 (tentative) Classes begin

How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university here.


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.
The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.
Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.
Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.


Other important links

Last updated: 12/27/19
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

Sogang University is a Jesuit university, which means that it was started through Catholic missions and combines Korean tradition with high academics. Sogang University aims to educate students with outstanding leadership abilities who can contribute to world peace by understanding the current changes of the world at all times, and respond to the changes with critical judgments. Sogang is located in Seoul, South Korea and has about 11,000 students. The campus is urban and self-contained.


Basic Information

Language of instruction: Korean, English (20-30% of classes)

Best major/minor: Art & Design (limited classes), Biology (limited classes), Business majors, Economics, Electrical Engineering, International Studies, Languages, Mathematics, Political Science

*Please note: There are classes taught in English on various topics other than the listed majors above. Please review the course list (found under “How to Search for Courses”) 

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester: Early September  - Late December

Winter/Spring Semester: Early March  - Late June


Housing

Gonzaga Hall is the on campus residence hall. The room type is double (two people per room). Facilities include a cafeteria, laundry room, prayer room, and gym. Standard rooms include two single beds, wardrobes, desks, bathroom and shower, telephone, air conditioner, and internet access.

Koreans use 220 volt outlets so you will need an adapter. You will need to bring or purchase your own bedding and towels.

Gonzaga Hall Website


Meal Options

There is no private kitchen in Gonzaga Hall but there are 2 types of meal plans , Plan A - 60% of total number of meals. Plan B- 85% of total meals. Prices for the meal plans range between $500-$600* per semester. Students can also purchase meal vouchers when needed.

Only breakfast and dinner are served at Gonzaga Hall.


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing, meal plans, and services will be paid directly to Sogang University.

Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at Sogang University. (link to Cost worksheet)

For information on estimated costs of living in Seoul, please visit Sogang FAQ


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the NMU International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. After nomination is accepted by Sogang, students will receive application instructions by email, which includes information needed to submit an online application.

  6. Complete the Sogang University online application and upload the required documents. You will need the following documents:

    • Copy of passport(valid until at least 6 months after the end of the exchange term)

    • Official academic transcript

    • Photo

    • On-Campus housing application

    • Health Report form with official hospital stamp

    • Proof of international health insurance

  7. Students also need to submit these optional forms through the online application system:

    • Sogang Global Scholarship form

    • Buddy request form

    • Korean Language course application

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences.


Deadlines

Nomination deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 15th

  • Spring Semester: October 15th

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 30

  • Spring Semester: October 30


How to Search for Courses 

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.

To find course taught in English, click here. 


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

In general, courses at Sogang are 3 credit courses.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form (the form is available in the IES office) should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript. Sogang transcripts are typically issued a month and a half after the end of the semester. 2 copies of the transcript will be sent to a student’s home university.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.



Other important links

Sogang University Website
Sogang University Exchange Website
Sogang Fact Sheet 
Sogang Arrival Checklist
Sogang Summer School Program


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

Situated in Zhuhai, Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) was jointly founded by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). It is the first full-scale cooperation in higher education between the Mainland and Hong Kong. UIC supports the historical mission of advancing the internationalization of Chinese higher education and taking the lead in implementing liberal arts education in China. UIC has around 5400 students with 800 staff and professors from more than 20 countries. 

UIC Site for Exchange Students 


Basic Information

Language of instruction: English, Chinese
Best majors/minors:  Art & Design (Film, Media Arts), Business, International Studies, Political Science 
Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
Fall Semester: Early September to Late January
Winter/Spring Semester: Mid February to Late June


Housing

Exchange students are housed in the Student Hostel Culture Village at UIC.
The majority of the rooms in the Student Hostel Culture Village accommodate two students, one is a Chinese student and the other is the exchange student. All rooms are air-conditioned (separately controlled in each room). For each occupant, the provision includes one bed, closet, desk and shelf, one chair, and one LAN point connected to UIC’s network system. One semester of housing cost is approximately 3200 RMB ($457*).


Linens (sheets, pillows, towels, etc.) are the responsibility of the individual occupant. You will need to bring your own or buy them in Zhuhai. Each room has its own bathroom with a toilet and shower. Other facilities include a common lounge (with a small pantry & kitchenette) on each floor, a multi-purpose room, a study room, and a laundry area. 


Meal Options

There are no meal plans offered at UIC. However, there are several canteens, and dozens of small restaurants on and around campus. Each of the meal options are estimated around 8 to 50 RMB ($1-$8*).


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing and services will be paid directly to UIC.
All exchange students are required to pay an administrative fee to cover costs such as pick up service fee, as well as some academic and orientation services. Click here for more information on the cost of living at UIC

Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at UIC. (link to cost worksheet)


How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad 

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. Application and Required Documents:

    • Application Form for Exchange-In Students 

    • Certificate of Enrollment from your home institution

    • Official academic transcript from home institution

    • Nomination from ISA office

    • One copy of your passport with personal information page

    • Two recent passport-size photos (one for the enrollment application and one for the student booklet).Computer prints of photos are not acceptable.

    • Copy of your insurance, please purchase the insurance in your home country, there is no specific requirement about insurance at UIC

    • Certificate of health issued by your own doctor or hospital (from College Doctor)

  6. All Original Documents will need to be mailed to UIC from the IES office. 

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


Deadlines

Nomination Deadlines
Fall Semester: n/a
Spring Semester: n/a

Application Deadlines: 
Fall Semester: April 15 (Original Mailed documents must be received by this date)
Spring Semester: October 15 (Original Mailed documents must be received by this date)


How to search for courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university. 

All courses taught in UIC are in English except Chinese language and subjects related to Chinese. The list of course offerings for the fall semester are usually available in July, while the spring semester will be available in December.
Click here for more information on courses at UIC


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on their NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.

The study load for exchange students at UIC is between 15 credits (5 courses) to 22 credits (7 courses) per semester. To get a real feel of the academic exchange, we encourage exchange in students to enroll for 5 (or 6) courses per semester.


Other Important Links

UIC Exchange Brochure - Side A
UIC Exchange Brochure - Side B


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

The University of Bergen is situated in Norway's second-largest city. Study in Norway and you can experience the best this country has to offer, such as quality education and spectacular nature. The University of Bergen specializes in marine biology, climate and energy studies, and global challenges. Bergen is a safe and student-friendly city and most Norwegians are fluent speakers of English. There are a total of 16,900 students at the university. Around 1,880 of these are international students.


Basic Information

Language of Instruction: English, Norwegian (if requested)

Best for majors/minors: Biology, Environmental Sciences, English, International Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences

Eligibility:  Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester:  Early August - December (please note: Univ. of Bergen refers to this semester as “Autumn term”

Winter/Spring Semester:  Early January -  June


Housing

New exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in one of Sammen's (Sammen is a student welfare organization in Bergen) student hostels provided that you follow detailed guidelines. View the guidelines here.


Meal options 

Meal plans are not offered by University of Bergen. Students use the Sammen cafeterias, which have a wide selection of hot meals, cold dishes, sandwiches, baguettes, pizza, hot and cold drinks, as well as cakes. They also have food including vegetarian and healthy food. Meals cost between 65-100 NOK ( $7-$12*) in the cafeterias.


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing and services will be paid directly to the University of Bergen

In 2018, an estimate of an average student budget in Norway is about NOK 11 640 ($1300*) per month for most expenses including housing, food, study materials, transport and activities. There is a nominal semester fee of NOK 590 ($69*) paid to the Student Welfare Organisation.

Visit this website for more information on the cost of living in Norway.

Coming soon: breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at the University of Bergen.


How to Apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. After nomination, you will receive an email from the University of Bergen which confirms your nomination and includes some useful links. You will also receive another email with your password to Søknadsweb (check your spam filter!) which is the university’s application portal.

  6. Complete the Pre-Course Evaluation with the appropriate Departments to evaluate your course choices.

  7. Complete the University of Bergen Exchange Application and upload the required documents on Søknadsweb. (The documents must be uploaded as PDF or jpg files). You will need the following documents:

    1. Online application form. This will include your choice of courses.

    2. Official Copy of your NMU Transcript (link to instructions)

    3. Copy of your Passport information page

    4. Documentation of Funds (more information found here)

Please note: You are welcome to schedule  an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 

After Admission:

As soon as UIB can offer you admission, they will publish a “Letter of Acceptance” on Søknadsweb. You will need to continue with your application for Student Housing and your Residence Permit .


Deadlines

Nominations Deadlines:

  • Fall semester or Academic Year: April 15th

  • Spring semester: October 1st

 Application deadlines:

  • Autumn semester or Academic Year: May 1st

  • Spring semester: October 15th


How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.

To find courses taught in English, click here. 

Please note: The Short Introductory Course in Norwegian Language and Culture (NOR-INTRO) is especially suited for exchange students who wish to acquire basic knowledge of the Norwegian language and culture.

If you are proficient in the Norwegian language and would like to take classes in Norwegian, please let the IES Exchange Coordinator know. 


Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University. The normal workload per semester for a full-time student is 30 ECTS credits in Norway, and we recommend students to plan for approximately this amount of credits per semester.One ECTS credit point translates into roughly 30 hours of work, of which only a part is spent in the classroom. An individual course can be worth anything between 3 and 10 ECTS. Please plan on enrolling in at least 24 ECTS credits.


Other important links

University of Bergen
UIB Site for Exchange Students
Fact Sheet for Exchange Partners


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s young universities.The pathways on the Oldenburg campus are short: the University‘s academic staff and administrative staff work closely together, using an interdisciplinary approach. Many are integrated into special research areas, research groups and European clusters of excellence.

The university itself is divided between two campuses. The natural sciences and medicine are located at the Wechloy campus and all other fields can be found at the main Haarentor campus.  The city center is only about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away. 

University of Oldenburg Exchange Program Website


Basic Information

Language of Instruction: English/German

Students who want to attend German-taught courses are required to have a minimum language proficiency of level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference). Students who are planning on taking only English-taught courses are exempt from the German proficiency requirement. 

Even if the courses you are taking at University of Oldenburg are in English, you should consider learning German to manage everyday life in Germany.

Intensive German courses are offered before the beginning of the semester. Furthermore, German courses at all levels are offered during each semester. Students take language placement tests during Orientation Week to determine which course level is appropriate.

Best for majors/minors: Biology, Business, Economics, Environmental Sciences, German Language, International Studies, Political Science (if only taking courses taught in English)

If you are proficient in German - please review Oldenburg's course list for more options.

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Term:  October - March (please note: this semester will be referred to as “winter” semester)

International student orientation: Early October - International Orientation takes place in the week prior to the beginning of lectures.

Spring term:  April - September (please note: this semester will be referred to as Summer semester)

International student orientation: Late March/early April - International Orientation takes place in the week prior to the beginning of lectures.

(Note: If you are interested in enrolling in the Spring term, students can discuss the possibility of returning from the semester early to attend NMU.)


Housing

The Studentenwerk Oldenburg (SWO) offers affordable accommodation in student housing facilities. The rooms that are assigned to exchange students are single rooms and are fully furnished. Kitchen and bathroom(s) are shared with other students. In-house laundry facilities are provided.  Please note that rental agreements last for a period of six months. Students are typically asked to pay upfront for the entire period of their stay plus an additional deposit of 1 month’s rent.  The rent ranges from 180-300 Euro per month ($201 - $335*).

Alternatively, exchange students can also apply for a room in a shared apartment that is rented privately (this is a common arrangement in Germany). This may be a bit more expensive at 220 - 350 Euro ($245 - $390*) per month, but the rental agreements are more flexible.

The application form is the same for all types of housing. The housing application is submitted with the program application form and documents.


Meal options

The University of Oldenburg does not offer a specific meal plan, but there is an on-campus cafeteria facility, referred to as the “canteen” or “mensa”.  Based on common costs of on-campus food options in Germany, meals could cost between 3-5 Euro ($4-$6*).

The University of Oldenburg offers an app (specifically for iPhones) that can access the complete canteen plans for the current and following week for all menus on campus. Menus will indicate special needs food options, such as allergens, vegan/vegetarian options, etc.

Typical grocery costs are around 150 - 200 Euro ($167- $223*) per month. Click here for more information on living costs at Oldenburg.


Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition, and fees to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad.  The cost of housing, health insurance and services will be paid directly to the University of Oldenburg.

The administrative fee is a mandatory fee to study at the University of Oldenburg.  The fee is used to fund the transportation ticket (Semesterticket), the student’s parliament and some of the campus facilities. The transportation ticket is valid for six months and can be used for all public transport in Oldenburg and Bremen as well as the regional trains all over Lower Saxony. This fee must be paid in cash on the first day of the International Student Orientation.

Click here (link to: Oldenburg Cost Template) to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a term at the University of Oldenburg.


How to Apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.

  • Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.
  • Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility. Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  • Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  • IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  • Complete the University of Oldenburg Exchange Application and submit the following documents:

You will receive your letter of admission by post with an information packet after the application deadline. Click here to see additional forms that may be required after application. 

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences.


AnchorOldenburg Deadlines

Nominations Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 15

  • Winter Semester: November 15

University of Oldenburg Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 15

  • Winter Semester: January 15


AnchorHow to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university. When admitted, every exchange student will be assigned an academic advisor (departmental coordinator) who will help the student put together a suitable curriculum.

General Course Catalogue

English Taught Courses


AnchorUnderstanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad.

University of Oldenburg, Germany, follows the standard European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One ECTS credit point translates into roughly 30 hours of work, of which only a part is spent in the classroom. An individual course can be worth anything between 3 and 10 ECTS. Please plan on enrolling in at least 24 ECTS credits.

Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form (link to form) should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan. 


AnchorOther important links

University of Oldenburg Homepage

University of Oldenburg - European Studies in Global Perspectives Program

University of Oldenburg Summer School - German Language & Culture


Last Updated: 2/3/2020
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.

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