NMU offers more then traditional study abroad opportunities. We've partnered with organizations and companies to provide students the chance to gain practical experience for their degree programs abroad. We've also worked with universities to offer other opportunities to students that don't follow the traditional study abroad path. Check out the tabs below to learn more!


NMU offers Alternative Study Abroad Opportunities that don't fall into the categories that Study Abroad often shapes into. Check out the links below to learn more about these programs!


An international internship will give you great exposure to the world outside of the US in the professional realm. Internships give career related experience directly mixed with undergraduate education in order to lay the groundwork for a career after college. These experiences expose students to the realities of the career they may be seeking in a culture outside of the one they've previously gained experience in.

NMU has partner programs that offers opportunities to attend internships around the globe. The programs and placements consistently change, so reach out to the IPO to learn more! Below we've connected some of the programs and companies we work with in order to offer internships abroad! 

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
  • 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


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.

  1. Attend Study Abroad 101
  2. After talking with your NMU academic department head and/or advisor, schedule an appointment with the IPO
  3. Complete the appropriate application forms associated with your program.
  4. Arrange appropriate NMU course registration for the semester of your internship.
  5. Complete all interview processes, book airfare, pay your NMU e-bill, and attend the mandatory orientation session hosted by the IPO each semester.

Student Teach Abroad

Northern Michigan University's School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service alongside the International Programs Office partnered to provide the opportunity for teacher-candidate to do their student teaching in a foreign country. The basic elements for student teaching abroad are similar to that of student teaching in the United States, just with a few added elements. 

NMU has formal arrangements with the following organizations and institutions:

If you are interested in student teaching with JCL, please start by contacting Dr. Laura Kennedy in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service.

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

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  • 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.