Semester/Full-Year 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!

Meet with the Study Away Advisor to learn more.

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

Continuity and Change in an Emerging World Power

Chinese Language, Chinese Studies, Business, Political Science, History, GenEd

Fall or Full Year | 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

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Oslo, Norway

Peace and Conflict Studies

Political Science, Global Studies, International Affairs

Fall | Courses taught in English, 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, Spring, or Full Year | 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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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

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Monument in Chengdu, ChinaChengdu, ChinaFall or Full Year

Chinese, Chinese Studies, Business, Political Science, History, GenEd, | Open to all majors and language levels, students take courses at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. No previous language required.

Oaxaca, Mexico - student sitting on rockOaxaca, MexicoFall

Spanish, Hispanic Studies,  Anthropology, History, Art, Natural Sciences, GenEd, Internship | This program explores the intersection of development, culture, and social change through the lens of the dynamic context of contemporary Mexico. Courses taught in Spanish, 4-5 college semesters of Spanish required.

Trinidad & Tobago - Caribbean flowerTrinidad & Tobago – CaribbeanSpring

Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Natural Sciences, Gen Ed, Internship | This program provides students a unique opportunity to explore the islands and the varied heritage of this multicultural society. Open to all majors; courses taught in English.

kayaking in Telemark, NorwayOslo, Norway (Bjørknes) – Fall | Political Science, Global Studies, Peace & Conflict

Bø, Norway (USN) – Fall, Spring, or Full Year | Nordic Studies, Business, Biology, Environmental Studies, Kinesiology, Gen Ed

Vestfold, Norway (USN) Fall | Kinesiology

Oxford buildingsIHON-OxfordFall or Spring

IHON, Multidisciplinary | PLU International Honors Program in Oxford, England. Program participants – drawn from PLU’s IHON Program – pursue individualized courses of study in tutorials with Oxford scholars, while also exploring place-based learning with a PLU faculty member.

Windhoek, Namibia tree and sand dunesWindhoek, NamibiaSpring

Education, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Internship | This English-speaking country provides an ideal location for students in Education, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences to study at the University of Namibia and gain necessary work experience through an internship and practicum. No language prerequisite.

Featured Semester Programs

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

The following list of Featured programs are effective for the 2019-2020 academic year.

CIEE Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology & Conservation

Students in Costa Rican rain forest

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Fall or Spring Semester

This demanding program is geared for biology and related-field students who want to learn about tropical ecology and conservation through rigorous work in the classroom and field, including two extensive trips and an independent research project. Work is complemented with a homestay and Spanish language study of relevant biological vocabulary.

CIEE Costa Rica: Sustainability & the Environment

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Fall or Spring Semester

This demanding program is designed for energetic, outdoorsy students who are committed to fully immersing themselves in academics, local culture, and nature. Successful students are those committed to working hard, playing hard, and expanding their comfort zone. Students learn in the classroom and field, and travel to remote parts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua that most visitors never see.

CIEE Seoul, South Korea: Arts + Sciences

Seoul, South Korea

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Established in 2006, this CIEE program is designed to support students while they learn at a top-ranked Korean university and experience everyday life in Seoul. A special in-depth orientation and extracurricular program helps students get to know the country, along with 16 weeks of courses in English and Korean at Yonsei University.

College Year in Athens

Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

CYA’s vision is to help students transform into global citizens who understand and appreciate other cultures.

Embrace the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean.

GEO London, England

London nightLiberal Arts in London

Fall or Spring Semester

This program through Global Education Oregon focuses on the Liberal Arts, such as Art, English, Theater and Political Science. Students live with host families and can study in fall or spring. Internship option.

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France

Provence, France in the summerAix-en-Provence, France

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

This program, offered through the Institute for American Universities, focuses on French language and culture, international relations & business, fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. Classes taught in English and French. Students live with host families.

IES Abroad Berlin, Germany – Language & Area Studies

Berlin, Germany

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Specially designed to improve your German language skills, this program draws upon Berlin’s rich culture and traditions to connect your coursework with the living history of the city. IES Abroad courses are taught in German by local faculty, and a variety of academic options are available at local universities. Internship option available.

IES Abroad Berlin, Germany – Metropolitan & Urban Studies, Security Studies & International Affairs

Berlin, Germany

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Experience the energy and excitement of this remarkable city. Whether you’re interested in Berlin’s tumultuous geopolitical history – its destruction in World War II, its hostile division during the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the country’s growth as a major cultural, economic, and political force in the 21st century – or if you want to experience the contrast of a modern city with soaring buildings that incorporate cutting-edge sustainable technology next to art galleries, cafés, and shops lining old cobblestone streets, Berlin has plenty to offer.

IES Abroad Milan, Italy – Music: Tradition & Innovation

Milan, Italy

Fall, Spring, or Full Year 

From ancient Ambrosian chants to cutting-edge multi-media installations, Italy has always been at the forefront of musical innovation. As a music student in Milan, you have the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, soak up the local music scene, perform at a variety of venues, and attend a wide range of performances.

IES Abroad Vienna, Austria - Psychology and Social Sciences

Vienna, Austria

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Ranked as the world’s most livable city for a full decade, Vienna is home to an array of museums, coffeehouses, and rich cultural and artistic legacies, from legendary composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to the artistic work of Klimt and Schiele. IES Vienna offers course options in both English and German from a broad range of disciplines.

IES Abroad Vienna, Austria - Music

Vienna skylineVienna, Austria

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Home to an astounding number of legendary composers—from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg—Vienna maintains an incredible richness of musical culture to this day. The world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper are just a few of the many leading institutions that help make Vienna a true “city of music”—and make it the perfect location for an engaging study of Music History and Performance.

ILACA Granada, Spain

Granada inside of buildingGranada, Spain

Fall or Spring Semester

This program, offered through the ILACA Consortium, focuses on language study; a minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish is required. Students live with host families.

SIT Abroad Interdisciplinary Programs

Engage with Critical Global Issues around the World

Fall or Spring Semester

Based on an interdisciplinary, experiential learning model, SIT programs are structured around critical global issues and focus on an immersive experience that allows students to take a deep dive into the culture of their host country. Students have multiple opportunities to engage with the local culture, learn directly from local experts, and witness local initiatives firsthand.

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, ScotlandStudy Abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Situated in the stunning historic neighbourhood of Old Aberdeen, the University is today known as a centre of excellence in the Humanities, Law, Energy, Health Sciences and Environmental Studies.

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

In Wellington you’ll be in the political, scientific and cultural heart of New Zealand, surrounded by arts, culture, mountains, ocean and lots of great food. You’ll be living in a compact, vibrant, safe and fun city that Lonely Planet called the coolest little capital in the world.

University of Tasmania, Australia

Study Abroad in Hobart, Australia

Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Tasmania is Australia’s most southern, and only island state – and arguably its most beautiful. It is separated from mainland Australia by a stretch of water called the Bass Strait, and is only a one hour flight from Melbourne. It has many species found nowhere else in the world and more than 40 percent of the state is protected in national parks and reserves. The city of Hobart has a population of about 200,000.

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).  A proportion of financial aid & scholarships may be used to cover the program fee. 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.