North Central College - Naperville, IL

Global Adventures

Study Abroad

Have you ever ridden a camel in Kenya? Practiced your French in France? Served at a hospital in Haiti?

At North Central, education is not confined to classrooms—it’s limited only by the number of continents. While you’ll enjoy the intercultural dimensions of our campus, North Central students have a passport to some of the most adventurous learning experiences on the planet.

Once we welcome you warmly to our campus, you may find it strange that we politely ask you to leave - but you'll be glad we did. It might just change your life.


Study Abroad groupWould you like to navigate the world with confidence? Develop an international network of friends and career contacts? Immerse yourself in the language, food, architecture, history, art and entertainment of some of the most culturally rich cities in the world?

Choose to spend one term, or a full year, at one of the more than 50 partner universities around the world through our Study Abroad program. Embark with a group to China, Japan, Costa Rica or England. Venture out on your own, or with a friend, to places like Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Turkey. If 50 options aren’t enough, we’ll help you custom-build your own experience.

Shorter-term courses are also available through our unique D-Term options. Travel with your favorite professor to places like Australia, France, Greece, Italy or Germany for a three-week academic and cultural immersion.


Service Trip to KenyaAt North Central, we believe an essential aspect of learning comes through serving the human community. Choose from a dozen or more annual service and mission trips during Spring Break, Summer and D-Term that address issues like extreme poverty, AIDS orphans, disaster relief, health care needs and microenterprise. Our global partner organizations in Kenya, Haiti, Mexico and the Philippines provide a mutually beneficial experience for you and those you serve.

Of course, you don’t have to travel around the world to find ways to serve. Many trips span the country working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity or Center for Student Missions. Even closer to home, there are multiple opportunities every week to serve in Naperville and the surrounding communities.


Elephants in AfricaHave a unique idea for a research project? Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund your own outside-the-box research anywhere in the world. Want to explore a future in humanitarian service by creating a customized project that’s off the beaten path? Apply for the Mironda Heston Scholarship for Public Service grant. There is no shortage of resources, support or opportunity – the only limitation is your imagination. So go with it—wherever it takes you.

Study Abroad