North Central College - Naperville, IL

Study Abroad: “Just go away”

Kimberly Larsson doesn’t like to take “no” for an answer. Armed with 50 different program options across the world, sources of financial help and plenty of ways to satisfy academic credit, she tries to put study abroad within reach of every student. “You can do it, if there’s a will there’s a way,” says Larsson, assistant to the director of international programs.

The goal is to make the experience affordable while ensuring that students satisfy their major requirements regardless of their field of study. And the College makes a financial commitment to keep the costs of all programs the same so students are not hindered by cost.

For 2011, there are eight new destinations in Peru, Mexico, Italy, Jordan, Germany, England, Beijing and Spain. “We’ve tried to diversify our programs so students can go beyond traditional European cultures,” Larsson says. “We’re excited about the new program in Jordan, which allows students to pursue Arabic.”