Study Abroad Programs Overview

 

Exchange Programs

Go abroad and enroll with a NAU partner university!  Exchange programs are exceptionally affordable and allow students to become part of a foreign university’s student body.

  • There are two kinds of exchange programs: “bilateral” exchanges and “ISEP” exchanges. 
    • Bilaterals - pay housing and meals directly to the school abroad
    • ISEP - pay housing and meals to NAU but recieve them from school abroad
    • ISEP deadlines are early!  See our deadlines  page for more information!
  • For both program types, you pay regular NAU tuition directly to NAU. Most scholarships apply to exchanges and this is the only type of program on which you can use your tuition waivers and NAU scholarships (including but not limited to: AIMS, Dean’s, President’s, EARP). You will earn direct NAU credit and your grades from abroad will count towards your GPA.

Faculty-led ProgramsAustralia Sorrell

Faculty-led programs are run by NAU faculty for NAU students.  While learning is done in classrooms abroad, NAU faculty often organize excursions that allow students to contextualize information discussed in the classroom.   

  • Typically short - 1 to 4 weeks in summer, winter break, or spring break
  • Pay a comprehensive program fee to NAU
  • Loans, grants, and some non-NAU scholarships can be applied to faculty-led programs. Tuition waivers and NAU scholarships (including but not limited to: AIMS, Dean’s, President’s) cannot be used.  EARPs can be applied to the tuition portion of faculty-led program charges.
  • Direct and/or transfer credit on these programs. Direct credit classes will count towards your GPA and transfer credit will not count towards your GPA.

Provider Programs

Private provider programs (such as ISEP-Direct and USAC)  are run by study abroad companies for U.S. students. 

  • Almost always more expensive than exchange programs due to highly structured and inclusive nature.
  • Loans, grants, and some non-NAU scholarships can be applied to provider programs. Tuition waivers and NAU scholarships (including but not limited to: AIMS, Dean’s, President’s, EARP) cannot be used on these programs.
  • Transfer credit - grades do not count towards GPA.
How foreign grades apply to the U.S. grade scale can be seen here.