Faculty-Led Travel

Northern offers a variety of unique opportunities for students and community members to study and learn outside the U.S. Each are led by experienced faculty and include the option to enroll in credit-earning courses.


Dates: Spring 2023


  • Build a bottle school in the municipality of Tecpán
  • Relax at the eco-friendly avocado farm Earth Lodge, disconnect from the busy world and reconnect with friends and nature 
  • Enjoy a hike, yoga, or a traditional wood-fired Mayan sauna
  • Take a community hike, meet the locals, and visit the home of a few local producers
  • Learn about the Guatemalan culture, people, history, and civil war
  • Visit Panajachel and Lake Atitlan
  • Explore beautiful Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage City, known for its preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and rich history
  • Visit the artisan markets, museums, galleries, churches, and sites of historical interest and more

Estimated Cost:


Price includes round trip travel from Aberdeen, nine-day program in Guatemala, most meals, all hotel stays, entrance fees and cultural programs, all transportation, guides and translators. Out-of-pocket expenses: $145 passport, $100 meals not included in program, $200 personal expenses. Scholarships are available for this program.



Dominika Blum, director of international programs

Lincoln Hall 216





Dates: Summer 2023 

Credits: 1


  • Start with a tour of Rome and an exciting guided tour of the Colosseum
  • Experience the Galileo Museum and a Leonardo Da Vinci Workshop in Florence
  • Explore Siena and Lucca
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa with its spectacular views
  • Enjoy a visit to Museo Della Scala, one of the first Medieval hospitals
  • Visit Duomo di Siena, a Gothic-style building with works from Donatello and Michelangelo
  • Travel to Bologna for an afternoon of cultural activities
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient and historic city of Bologna
  • Visit the Bologna market square while tasting excellent local cuisine
  • In Bologna, visit Cattaneo Anatomical Wax Museum
  • Experience Rome while participating in a service learning project

Register for BIOL 492 (1 credit)

Please email studyabroad@northern.edu.



Dr. Alyssa Kiesow, College of Arts and Sciences dean

Science Center 119




Dr. Amy Dolan, assistant professor of biology

Science Center 121





Dates: May 2023

Credits: 1-3


  • Visit Morocco’s beautiful city of Marrakesh and its medina souk and bazaar (traditional Arab marketplaces and shops)
  • Visit other historic sites in Marrakesh like the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and the Djemaa ElFna (cultural market square with local food vendors and shops)
  • Visit Casablanca and its beautiful historical and traditional sites like Hassan Mosque of Casablanca and the Royal Palace of Casablanca
  • Morocco’s capital, Rabat, offers the village of Moulay Idriss, Chellah, and the archeological site of Volubilis
  • The city of Fes offers 9th century and 14th-century historical sites such as universities and towers, and Chefchaouen provides stunning views of blue-washed buildings throughout Morocco’s northwestern city

Register for GEOG 492 or HIST 492 (1-3 credits)

Undergraduate tuition rate is estimated at $360 per credit

Please contact the NSU Office of Online and Continuing Education.


Estimated Cost:

$5,564 + NSU tuition

This includes flights from Minneapolis, flights and travel in and from Morocco and Spain, and entry to all scheduled visits. This is a 13-day program with all hotels, entrance fees to all sites, and all cultural programs covered in the cost listed above. Out-of-pocket expenses: $135 passport, $160 cooking class in Fes and flamenco show, $200 additional meals not provided, $200 personal expenses, $360 for NSU tuition per credit hour.


Scholarships are available for this program.



Dr. Erin H. Fouberg, associate vice president for academic affairs

Spafford 205B




Dr. Steven Usitalo, professor of history

Tech Center 369





Poland and Czech Republic

Dates: Summer 2023

Credits: 1-3


  • Visit the Prague castle and Jewish Quarter in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Explore the Kraków Cloth Hall in Lesser Poland. Kraków Cloth Hall is the central feature of the main market square in the old town
  • Enjoy the Gothic architecture at St. Mary's Basilica
  • Tour the Wawel Royal Castle and the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Tour the Royal Castle and visit Łazienki Park, the largest park in Warsaw
  • Visit a grammar school in Warsaw
  • Visit the Palace of Science and Culture, St. Anne’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church and Saxon Garden
  • Explore the World War II Museum and enjoy the Sopot beach in Gdansk

Register for EDFN 492/592: Global Education (1-3 credits)

Please email studyabroad@northern.edu.



Dr. Anna Schwan, assistant professor of teacher education

Gerber 140




Study Abroad South Dakota

Learn about faculty-led travel options available to all students from any South Dakota Board of Regents institution at the Study Abroad South Dakota website!