Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?
No. Our trips are led by NWACC faculty and often taught in English, unless you register for a foreign language class. Although having some survival language skills for the country you are traveling to comes in handy, your instructor will have prior experience traveling there and will assist with communication.
When am I eligible to study abroad?
In order to be eligible to study abroad you must have completed 12 credit hours. Please visit the website of the trip you are interested in to find any additional requirements.
Can I go abroad after I graduate?
Do I need a passport or visa to study abroad?
This depends on where you are traveling. If you are a U.S. passport holder, most countries will allow you access without a visa if your stay is shorter than 90 days. You can visit the website of the country/trip you interested in to see specific visa requirements. Please note that you will need a valid passport in order to travel and issuing a new passport can take several weeks and needs to be planned in advance.
How much does it cost to study abroad?
The cost varies depending on the program. NWACC strives to keep costs down while providing a high-quality experience for students. You can visit the website of the trip you are interested in to see a detailed list of costs.
Can I use Financial Aid to study abroad?
Yes, depending on the amount of financial aid you have already exhausted for the year, you may still be eligible to receive financial aid to cover part of the expenses of your study abroad experience.
Can I extend my travel outside of my program's dates?
It is possible to extend your travel dates and you will need to discuss this with your trip coordinator as soon as possible.
What should I pack?
This will vary according to your destination. You can refer to the study abroad handbook for more information.
How can I keep in touch with my family while I'm abroad?
Although many places offer Wi-Fi which allows you to email or Skype with your family, internet service will not always be available. Feel free to contact your cell phone service provider for information and rates for roaming. You can refer to the study abroad handbook for other suggestions on staying in touch.

For more information, read the Study Abroad Handbook.