Semester Study Away

Earn PLU credit and use financial aid and scholarships to study away on a PLU Gateway, Featured or Approved semester program.

PLU Gateway Semester Programs

PLU Gateway and Featured programs cost the PLU comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board) and include the PLU credit earned, lodging, meals, study tours, visa fees, emergency medical insurance and a $750 flight credit. These programs are also Global Scholar Award eligible.

Monument in Chengdu, ChinaChengdu, ChinaFall or Full Year

Chinese, Chinese Studies, Business, Political Science, History, GenEd, Internship | Open to all majors and language levels, students take courses at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. No previous language required.

Oaxaca, Mexico - student sitting on rockOaxaca, Mexico Fall

Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Art, GenEd, Internship | This program explores the intersection of development, culture, and social change through the lens of the dynamic and evolving context of contemporary Mexico. Courses taught in Spanish, 4-5 college semesters of Spanish required.

Student standing by gigantic plant in Oaxaca, MexicoOaxaca, Mexico – Conservation Biology Fall

Natural Sciences, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, GenEd, Internship | Students explore the relationship between people and the conservation of natural resources in surrounding communities. Courses taught in Spanish & English, 2 college semesters of Spanish required.

Trinidad & Tobago - Caribbean flowerTrinidad & Tobago – CaribbeanSpring

Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Natural Sciences, GenEd, Internship | This program provides students a unique opportunity to explore the islands and the varied heritage of this multicultural society. Open to all majors; courses taught in English.

Oslo, Norway waterfrontOslo, NorwayFall

Political Science, Global Studies, Peace & Conflict | Explore Peace and Conflict Studies and Norway’s successful implementation globally with respect to aid for developing countries and conflict resolution. Courses are taught in English.

kayaking in Telemark, NorwayTelemark, Norway Fall, Spring or Full Year

Scandinavian Studies, Norwegian, Business, Biology, Environmental Studies, Gen Ed | The Telemark University College offers Scandinavian Studies, International Tourism & Sustainable Development, Business, and Alpine Ecology & Environmental Management. Language courses available at all levels; no previous language required.

Oxford buildingsOxford-IHON Spring

IHON, Multidisciplinary | PLU International Honors Program in Social Justice in Oxford, England. In addition to three courses toward the IHON curriculum, students delve into their academic area of interest with Oxford professors (known as tutors).

Windhoek, Namibia tree and sand dunesWindhoek, NamibiaSpring

Education, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Internship | This English-speaking country provides an ideal location for students in Education, Nursing and the Natural Sciences to study at the University of Namibia and gain necessary work experience through an internship and practicum. No language prerequisite.

Chihuly Bridge of Glass in TacomaTacoma, WashingtonSpring

Global Studies, Religion, Sociology, GenEd | This program focuses on community partnerships and advocacy, indigenous cultures, public education, sociology, and Puget Sound history.

Featured Semester Programs

inside a Granada buildingGranada, Spain Fall or Spring

Spanish language, Hispanic Studies, History, Literature, GenEd, Internship | This program, offered through the ILACA Consortium, focuses on language study; a minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish is required. Students live with host families and can study in fall or spring. Apply

Night picture of Thames river in LondonLondon, England Fall or Spring

Liberal Arts, GenEd, Internship | This program, offered through Global Education Oregon focuses on the Liberal Arts, such as Art, Theater and Political Science. Students live with host families and can study in fall or spring. Internship option available. Apply – Humanities   Apply – Humanities with Internship

PLU Course Equivalencies

Use the online Interactive Guide to see how students have used study away credit from the PLU Gateway & Featured Programs at PLU. This tool serves as a starting point for academic planning. If a course equivalency is not listed, it may be requested from the appropriate academic department.

Approved Semester Programs

PLU Approved programs cost the listed program fee on the provider’s website plus a $1,500 admin fee. This covers the PLU credit earned, lodging, study tours (as applicable), emergency medical insurance, and sometimes meals. Once meals are factored in, program costs are generally comparable to PLU’s comprehensive fee.  Just like PLU Gateway/Featured programs, financial aid & scholarships may be used to cover the program fee. Be sure to apply for program-specific scholarships.

Approved Semester ProgramsWaterfront picture of city

A PLU approved program is a study away summer, semester, or year-long program that is offered by another study away organization or institution. 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.

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