Studying Away at PLU

2021-22 Study Away FAQs

Given the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, many PLU community members have questions about study away during the 2021-22 academic year. As the situation changes, the 2021-22 FAQs will be updated.

PLU is a globally focused university that remains committed to providing high quality study away programs as a high-impact practice that enhances students’ capacity for critical thought, written and verbal expression, intercultural communication,  as well as their knowledge about the interconnectedness of the world through the exploration of links between classroom learning and community settings at home and abroad.  

While it is our sincere hope that PLU study away will resume in the near future, the continued spread of COVID-19 and related disruptions of domestic and global travel hinder our ability to identify an exact restart date.  

At this time, the Wang Center will accept applications for J-Term 2022. The Wang Center, in partnership with university officials, will continue to assess risk to health, safety, wellbeing, and impact of PLU programs on local communities related to COVID 19 in PLU program locations. 

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.

*The Wang Center will be closed on Mondays, 11am-2pm, for Spring 2021. Staff can be found in AUC helping with campus COVID-19 testing during these hours.

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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