Study abroad is an exciting way to earn academic credit, appreciate a new culture and build a resume. In mid-March, the Study Abroad Office staff learned that the latter half of spring programs and all summer study abroad programs had to be canceled due to COVID-19. Their first priority was to assist students who were currently abroad, facilitating their return to the U.S. and guiding them on methods for completing their study abroad endeavors.
The staff knew it was imperative that NIU continue to offer enriching and equally impactful cultural opportunities for students. As a result, NIU is proud to announce summer and fall virtual abroad experiences, many of which are internships. These experiences offer a three-credit course and give students the opportunity to work with an international organization from home in the U.S., adding a global perspective while fulfilling academic requirements.
Virtual abroad experiences are available through many of NIU’s provider affiliates and offer opportunities in a wide range of disciplines and countries. The majority are taught in English.
Study abroad provider CISabroad offers virtual internships in Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, New Zealand and South Africa. These experiences give students opportunities to tackle real-world projects and learn how to work across cultures and time zones. According to CISabroad, “virtual internships can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for future internships on site.”
Another provider, International Business Seminars, offers a virtual seminar in Japan that gives students a chance to see how companies in Asia are adapting to these uncertain times. According to IBS, “Participants will get an inside look into the Japanese economy, business etiquette and will explore some of the most famous locations in Japan through live virtual tours. Participants will also have cross-cultural discussions with Japanese students and collaborate with students from across the U.S.”
Virtual abroad experiences are an exciting way for students to immerse themselves in a multicultural experience via virtual means. For more information on NIU’s virtual abroad experiences, contact the Study Abroad Office’s innovative and dedicated staff at [email protected] or meet with a staff member virtually.