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.
2016-2017 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.
This is an EGL program hosted by Ridgewater College.
For information on cost and courses, contact:
2101 15th Ave. NW
Willmar, MN 56201
Kathy J. Steffen, Ed.D.
2 Century Ave.
Hutchinson, MN 55350
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.
2016 - 2017 Study Travel
Business in Hong Kong (BUSN 2900)
March 3-9, 2017.
Costs; approximately $3,716 plus tuition (3 credits).
Study business and hospitality models in Hong Kong and Macau. Explore the world of high finance and business in one of the financial centers of the world.
Contact Dan Creed or 952-358-8689 for information and application.
Introduction to Global Health (HLTH/NURS/DENT/DIET 1900)
March 4-11, 2017.
Costs; approximately $3,310 plus tuition (3 credits).
Interested in exploring global health issues, development work, sustainability, poverty, public health, culture, government, economics and history of the Domincan Republic and participate in a local service project need?
Art and Literature in Chicago (ART/ENGL 2900)
May 2017 (Specific Dates - TBD).
Costs; approximately $1,300 plus tuition and fees (1 credit).
Study nearby in Chicago and experience the art and literature of the Windy City. Spend seven days learning about authors, artists and architects as we visit sites like the Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and Oak Park. We will visit vibrant Chicago neighborhoods and eat great food. There will be free time to explore the city and enrich your personal knowledge and interests. On the way to Chicaog, we will stop at the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wis.
Contemporary Iceland Literature (ENGL 2900)
May 15-21, 2017.
Costs; approximately $3,416 plus tuition (3 credits).
This course will explore current literature being written in Iceland, as well as the work of Bill Holm, an Icelandic Minnesota writer and professor.
Contact Kris Bigalk for more information.
Travel and Explore the Big Island of Hawaii (EXSC 1500/EXSC 1900/HLTH 1900)
May 13-22, 2017.
Costs; approximately $1,825 plus tuition (3 credits).
The major tenets of this travel course include: 1) Navigating with Maps, 2) Protecting your 'Aina and 3) Cultivating a Health Mindful and Active Lifestyle
Contact Angie Effertz at Angela.Effertz@normandale.edu or 952-358-8458 with questions or to get additional information.
Storytelling Down Under: Study Abroad in New Zealand and Australia
May 13-24, 2017.
Transportation, accommodations, some meals, travel insurance and guided tours in both countries are included with planned free time to explore. Cost: $4,950 plus tuition (3 credits)
Spend 12 days exploring New Zealand and Australia as you learn about the history and art of storytelling and Aboriginal and Maori folklore. Visit historical landmarks and breathtaking scenery in the cities of Rotorua, Auckland, Sydney and Cairns. Sample local cuisine and experience optional tours such as a visit to a "Lord of the Rings" movie set or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
The Medici and Their World (History and Art)
May 22-31, 2017.
Cost: $3,988 plus tuition (3 credits)
Tour the fabulous museums and historical sites of Florence, particularly the Uffizi, the Galileo, the Galleria d'Academic (to see David), the Florence Cathedral, the Boboli Gardens, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel, Palozzo Medici; Assisi - Eremo delle Carceri, Assisi Cathedral; Rome - Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant'Angelo, Catacombs of Rome; Pompeii & Herculaneum, Sorrento and Capri.