Approved Programs

A PLU approved program is a study away summer, semester, or year-long program that is offered by another study away organization or institution. These programs have been reviewed and approved by the Global Education Committee (GEC) for their high academic quality and for their shared goals in intercultural learning and understanding.

Approved programs are recommended to students who are unable to find a suitable program to fit their needs among the PLU Gateway or Featured program options.

Please note: Students MUST meet with a study away advisor in the Wang Center prior to applying for an Approved program and adhere to the PLU deadlines and requirements for application. Contact the Wang Center to schedule an advising appointment.

Organizations and Institutions offering PLU Approved Programs:

Arcadia University, College of Global Studies: Direct-Enroll programs offered in a variety of locations.

Budapest Semester in Mathematics Education: Semester-long program in Budapest, Hungary, designed for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in the learning and teaching of secondary mathematics.

(CGE) Center for Global Education: CGE’s program in Namibia, “Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind,” offers courses focused on Political Science, History and Religion.

(CIEE) Council on International Educational Exchange: Over 100 programs offered in a over 40 countries

(CYA) College Year in Athens: Offering courses in Classics, Archeology, Anthropology, History, Political Science and more.

(DIS) Danish Institute for Study Abroad: Variety of programs based in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden: Programs focus on specific academic field which includes a core course, selected study tours, and a variety of electives to choose from.

(IES) Institute for the International Education of Students: Offers dozens of programs to choose from in a variety of locations.

(IPSL) International Partnership for Service Learning: Combines academic and community service learning with programs offered in a variety of locations.

(SIT) School for International Training: Experiential, field-based education offering semester and year-long programs in Africa, Asia and the pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Programs focus on critical global issues in specific geographical and cultural contexts using an interdisciplinary approach.

(SFS) The School for Field Studies: Field based learning and research ranging from wildlife conservation to rainforest restoration, offering semester-long programs in Australia, Turks and Caicos, and Costa Rica.

University of Aberdeen: Direct Enrollment program through the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Many subjects are available to choose from.


PLU students are pre-approved by PLU to participate on Approved study abroad programs. You must first apply through PLU before starting an application with the Approved program provider.

Search for the Approved program of your choice using the online application system, Terra Dotta. Once you have found the program, click “Apply Now” and login using your PLU epass to complete the application.

Application Components:

  • Online application
  • Short essays
  • Faculty recommendation form (1)
  • $50 application fee