Study Abroad at NU

<p>Hey guys.</p>

<p>Is study abroad typically more academically rigorous, less academically rigorous, or the same as academic life at Northwestern...</p>

<p>Anyone have any experience with study abroad in Spain?</p>

<p>-Mohina's brother</p>

<p>Less academically rigorous.</p>

<p>do people look down on that?</p>

<p>Who's people? Not really- think about it- unless you're studying at Oxford, how could it be more so- you're at one of the premiere university's in the world. NU is also EXTREMELY rigorous due to the quarter system.</p>

<p>Less academically rigorous. This isn't unique to NU but would be the case if you were going abroad from any rigorous institution. Having said that, I would still strongly recommend studying abroad! It can be an awesome experience. One plus at NU (at least I think this is a plus): if you study abroad during the fall, you are only missing one NU quarter.</p>

<p>Yah it's an expectation of study abroad- no one will hold it against you. Just don't slack off and get bad grades abroad.</p>

<p>So say I go to graduate school, will studying abroad be a big plus? or non-influential or the like. Because I'm pretty interested in it. Thanks</p>

<p>Studying abroad can look good on a resume. It shows that you are willing to get out of your element and try something new. And as for how rigorous the programs are, it really does depend on what you do/where you go - there are programs at Oxford, for example. However, just because it's less rigorous does not mean it's not difficult. A lot of institutions abroad teach in a very different style than you may be used to, and you may have to work harder to figure out how best to study and work with the programs. And no one will hold it against you as long as you do your best...the experience you had abroad is more important than the grades in the long run, IMO.</p>

<p>I don't know if this is true for all study abroad programs, but from what i've heard (in the german dept.) your grades from abroad are not factored into your GPA.</p>

<p>That is sometimes (usually) true. Bear in mind that for things like law school they likely will.</p>

<p>sorry, I'm slightly confused. My goal is law school. So if you do study abroad certain graduate programs do or do not factor that in for your gpa?</p>

<p>Sorry this is kind of random.. can Freshmen study abroad during the summer after first year?? and sophomores too for that matter. cause I know they only really encourage juniors to go.</p>

<p>yg- yes.</p>

<p>As for law school gpa- its complicated. LSAC</a> - LSAC Policies</p>

<p>My grades, for instance, counted even though NU did not count them, because I got a transcript from Columbia.</p>

<p>Are all study abroad applicants accepted or is there a cut off? My GPA is currently below 3.0.</p>

<p>Northwestern</a> University Study Abroad Office</p>

<p>Thanks, but I already know all that. I was wondering if there have actually been any instances in which someone was denied a spot.</p>