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Study Abroad

When Are You Going on Your Study Abroad Experience?

NHCC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are committed to preparing globally competent individuals by assisting them with world and modern language programs, globally connected classrooms, study abroad, international internships, as well as study-travel courses.

Why Should You Study Abroad?

  • Earn college credits while in another country.
  • You have the opportunity to be immersed in a culture and possibly learn a language.
  • Develop a greater appreciation for different cultures.
  • Learn about yourself when encountering situations that are new and unfamiliar to you.
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Experience a new education system and take courses not offered at your home school.
  • Build your resume by having an international experience.
  • You improve your communication skills.
  • You are more prepared for the ever increasing globalized world.

Resources to help get you started:

Study Abroad Programs Through Other Colleges

Most NHCC students participate in study abroad via other institutions. Your NHCC study abroad advisor, Virginia Ferlet, can help you understand and navigate the application process and deadlines, housing options, financial aid, scholarships, and transferring credits earned while studying abroad toward your NHCC degree. Contact the Virginia Ferlet or make your first appointment by calling the NHCC Advising Center at 763-424-0894.

Education for Global Learning (EGL)

NHCC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' consortium of universities and colleges that promotes global learning in the United States and abroad. NHCC has access and support from the consortium's many member institutions. See EGL's highlighted program below.

EGL's Costa Rica Program with Ridgewater College

EGL Costa Rica Contacts:

Ruth Fairchild
CMST Faculty
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Avenue NW
Willmar, MN 56201
320-222-7520

Kathy J. Steffen, Ed.D.
English/Reading/CMST Faculty
Ridgewater College
2 Century Avenue
Hutchinson, MN 55350
320-234-8554

Itasca Community College:

  • Denmark - Spring Semesters
  • Spain - May Sessions
  • Costa Rica - March

Normandale Community College:

  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Belize

Rochester Community and Technical College:

  • Cambodia - Winter Break
  • Guatemala - Summer
  • Ecuador - After Spring

Additional study abroad program websites:

Volunteer/Service Learning Opportunities:

Study Abroad Safety & Security Resources

For information regarding student health safety abroad, please visit www.travel.state.gov; for specific information about Minnesota students’ health and safety abroad, visit the following site at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education: www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPages/SAHS.cfm

Financial Programs that Help Pay to Study Abroad:

Example of a Study Abroad Blog

Chantelle Sundberg's studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and earned 6 college credits. Some of those credits were earned by taking Spanish but she also took college classes that were taught in English. Read her blog posts here.