Areas for Consideration


Consider how long you want to immerse yourself in another culture. Programs range from a week to a year, and everywhere in between.

Semester and Full-Year

Get the biggest bang for your buck! Studying Away on a PLU Gateway or Featured semester program, you get to use financial aid, PLU gift aid and scholarships while earning PLU credit toward your degree. Program costs are comparable to being at PLU, plus there are study abroad scholarships available.

Start off by learning about Semester Study Away here!

Short Term


J-Term programs are led by a PLU faculty member, cover a wide range of subjects, and range in location from the Tacoma Hill Top to Tanzania. The chance to participate in these international and domestic study programs lets you immerse yourself in a country, culture or discipline that you never imagined – and get credit for it, too.

J-Term 2021 Important Update

Given current global circumstances and after careful consideration, January Term 2021 programs have been rescheduled to Summer 2021. Select J-Term 2021 programs have been canceled. Some Summer Term courses could potentially reopen to accept new applications (rolling admission, space available basis only) which will be announced here and on Wang Center social media (links in the gray box to the left)


PLU faculty-led courses and some of the approved programs offer study away opportunities during the summer. Please note that not all financial aid covers summer coursework; contact Financial Aid for information.

Academic Discipline

Meet with the Study Away Advisor to learn more, and discuss your plans with your academic advisors.

NOTEThis is not a complete list of programs that offer coursework in each academic area; below is a list of a few programs that have offered courses in each academic area, but it is not representative of all program options available. This does not include every major/minor at PLU, and does not guarantee which courses abroad might be approved to fulfill specific major/minor or GenEd requirements. The programs listed below are only semester programs. Search for short term programs in the duration section to the left.

Ways to Explore

  • Study Away Fair
  • Wang Center events
  • Connect with a Global Ambassador – contact sojourn@plu.edu to get in touch with with a Lute who studied away!
  • Attend information sessions