Studying Away at PLU

Announcements : 10/30/20 Update – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 locally and globally, as well as program enrollment numbers, academic planning needs, and other factors, PLU has made the difficult decision to cancel participation in all PLU short-term faculty-led Summer Term 2021 study away programs. The timing of the decision is to allow students to work with the Center for Student Success and faculty advisors in order to revise their academic plans prior to the J-Term and Spring 2021 registration period in November. (All Spring 2021 semester study away had been previously suspended on 10/1/20).

J-Term 2022 study away course offerings will be announced in January 2021 and the application will open on February 1, 2021. Students interested in semester study away, are encouraged to schedule a study away advising session with the Wang Center.

J-Term and Spring 2021 In Person Office Hours

As of September 9th, 2020 the Wang Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch) to the campus community.

Wang Center employees can be reached via email between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Challenge your perspective!

Study Abroad vs Study Away: PLU values the diversity within the US and therefore offers academic programs both locally and globally. Students earn PLU credit and have access to Financial Aid and Scholarships while studying away for a Semester,Year or Short-Term program. The Wang Center supports students during exploration, pre-departure, while they are away and when they return.

You can find an overview of study away at PLU here.

Policy Updates

Lutes, we wanted to bring your attention to a few changes in our policies. 

Beginning in Fall 2021, students can participate in only one Featured or Approved semester study away program using all of their financial aid, gift aid and scholarships. Students can participate in multiple Gateway programs using all financial aid, gift aid and scholarships.

The Global Scholar Award can only be used for Gateway and PLU J-Term programs; it can cover up to $1000 for Gateway and up to 20% ($1000 cap) for J-Term programs.

The $750 flight credit is only available for Gateway semester study away students, starting in Fall 2021. 

Students interested in the PLUS Year opportunity can study away during their PLUS Year but only during J-Term. See the PLUS Year FAQs for more details. Although unable to study away during their PLUS Year, students may have more flexibility with their degree planning to study away for a semester before taking a PLUS Year.

The study away application deadline for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Academic Year 21-22 will be March 15th, 2021. The application deadline for J-Term 2022 will be April 15th, 2021.

Global Education Interest Form

If you're interested in study away and other global education opportunities, fill out this form to get updates about events, info sessions, application deadlines and more!

Interest Form
Study Away 101

To get started learning about study away, watch this video made by our student Global Ambassadors!

Study Away 101
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