About study abroad
Studying abroad allows students to earn academic credit while experiencing the adventure and exhilaration of living in a new place. The International Education Study Abroad program at Normandale Community College is offered in collaboration with EGL (Education for Global Learning), partnership with University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and Normandale faculty led programs.
Why Study Abroad
We live in a very globalized world and having study abroad experience gives students an edge in the marketplace. Many companies are multinational and they are looking for individuals who have a worldview, who understand the sensitives regarding culture, heritage, tradition and religion.
Many four-year institutions are now requiring a study abroad experience, including Carlson School of Business. A study abroad experience at Normandale can be applied to most schools' requirement.
Are you thinking about taking advantage of one of the Study Abroad opportunities? You can explore each program in depth using this web site, or you may simply contact Dan Creed or your school's EGL Representative to find the information you need.
Where Students are Traveling
Click here to access the Study Abroad Guide about where students are studying abroad plus a host of other related topics like:
Keep Students Safe
One of the most important aspects of study abroad programming is the safety of students and faculty. Normandale Community College has an excellent track record of keeping students and faculty safe during study trips abroad.
While safety can never be guaranteed, the college employs the following safeguards while planning and conducting study abroad courses:
If you have any questions regarding our practices and procedures regarding keeping students and faculty safe while traveling, please contact Global Studies Coordinator Dan Creed at 952-358-8689.
Pay for Travel
Tour companies have a variety of methods to pay for a study abroad trip. They allow monthly payments or one lump sum to be paid by the payment deadline.
Please note that when you make an early deposit, the tour price is locked in. Some tour prices will increase if fuel prices increase.
Students may qualify to use financial aid to cover a large percentage of the travel expense. Students should check with the financial aid office to determine what aid they may be eligible for.
Scholarships are available through the Foundation Office twice per year. Students may submit an application to Global Studies Coordinator Dan Creed in March and November for consideration. Applications may be obtained from and returned to Dan Creed.
Scholarships are also available through the Gilman Foundation. Here is a link to the guidelines and application. www.iie.org/gilman.
Students are allowed to do fundraising events on campus for a trip.
The students could conduct the fundraising at a vendor table In Kopp Student Center. They would need to pay the standard vendor price ($50) for use of the table since they are not a recognized student organization.
Students may only sell non-prepared food items.
If the trip doesn't go, students would use the funds to cover any non-refundable deposit and then the balance donated to the Foundation for a study abroad scholarship fund.
For any other questions regarding funding a study abroad experience, please contact Dan Creed at 952-358-8689.
2018-2019 Semester programs
Live and study in a 300 year-old castle in Dalkeith, Scotland, six miles from Edinburgh. Go to www.uwrf.edu/wis for application and information. Cost approximately $8500.00 including room and board, and tuition. Airfare is separate.
Study Spanish in several destinations through Mankato State University (MSU). For cost and program information contact JamesGrabowski@mnsu.edu
Experience China! Set in beautiful Hangzhou, "Experience China" provides a rich, cultural immersion with the comfort and safety of an organized and well-staffed international learning community. Fall and spring semesters offered. Go to www.uwrf.edu/experiencechina for application and information.
2018 - 2019 Study Travel
Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Costa Rica, May 20-28, 2019
May 20-28, 2019
Cost: $2,882 plus tuition
In this program, students will:
Storytelling in Scandanavia: Denmark, Sweden and Norway
May 20-29, 2019.
Costs: $4,950 plus tuition.
In this program, students will:
• visit historical sites and breathtaking scenery in the cities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo
• explore ancient Viking ruins, history and art museums, local food and culture
• experience optional tours to explore castles, fairytales, Vikings, ghosts and fjords
Program cost includes all transportation, accommodations, guided tours, all activities on itinerary, travel insurance, daily breakfast and some dinners. A full itinerary and enrollment procedure can be found at: https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2063960VB
Contact Instructor Aimee DuBois at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Peru Past and Present (SPAN 1900)
Costs: $4,700 plus course fees.
Peru Past and Present is an intensive short-term study abroad experience in Peru that concentrates on the impact of the Inca and Spanish cultures on contemporary Peru. An important focuse of the trip will be the stuy of historical sites, architecture and culture artifacts produced by these groups.
For additional information, please contact Heidi Kreutzer at email@example.com.