Students have many programs from which to choose. These resources help narrow the search:
• Study Away Fairs – occur each March and September
• Study Away 101 Sessions – provide a basic overview of program types
• Wang Center advisors – semester program advising
• PLU faculty course leaders – J-Term program advising
• Wang Center website
• Global Ambassadors – peer advising with study away alumni

PLU offers a variety of study away program options to make this important component of a PLU education accessible to as many students as possible. Narrow your search by exploring your options by academic discipline, location, duration and more.

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.

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.


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.

Alternative Spring Break

PLU offers one-week Alternative Spring Break courses both within the US and internationally including opportunities to participate in service learning and earn one PLU credit.

Use this map to search for programs by location. Be sure to research your destination as part of your program selection.

Important note: PLU offers study away programs all around the world, representing a variety of governments, laws, religious beliefs, cultural practices, and approaches to human rights. Our presence in a country is not an endorsement of policies and practices that we consider to be at odds with the values of PLU.  Rather, our fundamental mission is to educate for a just, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful world, both locally and globally. Engaging students in the complexity of critical global issues provides the opportunity for our students to learn responsible, respectful, and constructive international engagement.

In addition to meeting with a Study Away Advisor, discuss your plans with your academic advisors.

Search through our programs in our program finder found here.

Note: To search by academic area or other parameters use the advanced search feature.