Study Abroad Programs Overview
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.
- Seats on exchange programs are limited and students' qualifications to participate in an exchange are evaluated on a first come first serve basis.
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, EARPs) cannot be used.
- 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.
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.
- Direct credit (USAC programs) or transfer credit (all other provider programs). Grades do not count towards GPA if a student receives transfer credit.