Semester Study Away

Studying Away on a Gateway or Featured semester program, you receive PLU credit and can fulfill degree requirements to stay on track to graduate. On Gateway or Featured programs, you would pay PLU tuition, room and board, and student fees, and scholarships and financial aid apply. There are study abroad scholarships available as well!

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COVID-19 and Study Away

For country-specific COVID-19 information and recommendations see CDC, State Department and U.S. Embassy websites. All students and faculty participating in study away programs will be required to adhere to safety guidelines based on the CDC and country directives at the time of travel.  Go to PLU’s COVID-19 protocol page to learn more and find FAQs.

PLU Gateway Semester Programs

PLU Gateway semester programs are designed and managed by the Wang Center in partnership with PLU faculty. These programs include a $750 flight credit to offset the cost of airfare, and students can apply for PLU’s financial need-based Global Scholar Award as well.

Chengdu, China (SUSPENDED FOR FALL 2024)

Continuity and Change in an Emerging World Power

Chinese Language, Chinese Studies, Business, Political Science, History, GenEd | Fall | No language prerequisite

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Oxford, England

IHON-Oxford International Honors Program

IHON, Multidisciplinary | Program participants pursue individualized courses of study in tutorials with Oxford scholars, while also exploring place-based learning with an IHON faculty member | Fall or Spring |

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Development, Culture, Environment and Social Change in Mexico

Spanish, Hispanic and Latino Studies,  Anthropology, History, Art, Natural Sciences, GenEd, Internship | Fall | Courses taught in Spanish, at least 4-5 college semesters of Spanish (or equivalent) required
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Windhoek, Namibia

Cultural Immersion for Education and the Natural & Social Sciences

Education, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, GenEd, Internship | Spring | English speaking country, no language prerequisite

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Bø, Norway

Natural Sciences, Environmental Studies, Business, Nordic Studies, or Kinesiology

Various academic options at the University of Southeastern Norway (USN) | Fall or Spring | No language prerequisite

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Vestfold, Norway

Kinesiology in Norway

Study Kinesiology at the University of Southeastern Norway (USN) Vestfold campus | Fall | No language prerequisite

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Oslo, Norway

Global Studies, Political Science, and Psychology in Norway

Global Studies, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology | Fall | All courses taught in English, no language prerequisite

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Trinidad and Tobago

Heritage, Cultural Fusion and Sustainability in the Southern Caribbean

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, Sustainability, Business, Development and Social Justice, Music, Gen Ed, Internship | Spring English speaking country, no language prerequisite

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Featured Semester Programs

PLU offers an array of Featured semester study away programs across the globe. Administered by partner institutions or study away provider organizations, these programs align with our mission and typically have a long history of PLU student participation or historical ties to PLU.

Domestic Semester Featured Programs
Washington DC photo of capital building
Washington, D.C.
Internships in multiple disciplines in the nation's capital
International Semester Featured Programs
Australia University of Tasmania
Tasmania, Australia
University of Tasmania
Aberdeen Scotland
Aberdeen, Scotland
University of Aberdeen
New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington
Costa Rica
CIEE · Monteverde, Costa Rica
Sustainability and the Environment
Costa Rica
CIEE · Monteverde, Costa Rica
Tropical Ecology and Conservation
South Korea
CIEE · Seoul, South Korea
Arts and Sciences
GEO · London, England
GEO London: Gender, Race, and Social Justice
GEO · London, England
Gender, Race, and Social Justice
GEO · London, England
Liberal Arts
IAU · Aix-en-Provence, France
Business and International Relations
IAU · Aix-en-Provence, France
French Honors Program
IAU · Aix-en-Provence, France
Humanities and Social Sciences
IAU · Aix-en-Provence, France
Studio Art
CYA · Athens, Greece
Humanities and Social Sciences
ILACA · Granada, Spain
Language and Cultural Immersion
UDEM in Monterrey Mexico art building
ILACA - Monterrey, Mexico
Art and Culture
IES · Milan, Italy
IES · Vienna, Austria
IES · Vienna, Austria
SIT · Bali, Indonesia
Arts, Religion, and Social Change
SIT · Delhi, India
Public Health, Gender, and Community Action
SIT · Jaipur, India
Sustainable Development and Social Change

Currently Unavailable

SIT · Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Siberia
Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment
SIT · Rabat, Morocco
Multiculturalism and Human Rights
SIT · Rabat, Morocco
Migration and Transnational Identity
SIT · Belgrade, Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo
Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans
SIT · Kathmandu, Nepal
Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya
SIT · Kathmandu, Nepal
Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
SIT · Kigali, Rwanda
Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding
SIT · Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Culture, Social Change, and Development

Approved Semester Programs

A PLU Approved Program is a study away summer, semester, or year-long program that is offered by a study away provider organization and is only recommended to students who are unable to find a program that fits their academic needs among the PLU Gateway or Featured programs. These programs cost the listed program fee on the provider’s website plus a $1,500 administrative fee. This covers the PLU credit earned, housing, study tours (depends on the program), emergency medical insurance, and sometimes meals. Program costs are generally comparable to PLU’s comprehensive fee (tuition, fees and room and board).  Depending on the cost of the Approved Program in comparison to the PLU comprehensive fee (tuition, fees and room and board) PLU scholarships/financial aid is typically reduced according to the difference in cost between the program and the PLU comprehensive fee. State and federal financial aid applies. We recommend applying for program-specific scholarships. Students will need to apply through the Wang Center first for the program, and then through the provider, if approved.