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Semester Abroad

Selecting a Semester Program

Winona State University offers an Approved Program List of Study Away Programs in almost all regions of the world. These have been reviewed and approved by WSU faculty and staff for excellent academic quality as well as outstanding student service. You can search for and apply to WSU-approved semester study away programs online. You will also find program brochures and application information online.

Search for Study Away Programs

Application deadlines for semester study away:

October 1 for Spring semester
February 1 for Summer semester
March 1 for Fall semester

Be aware that there are many different types of programs available for study away. These include:

Exchange Programs

Exchange programs are designed to be a reciprocal exchange of students from one institution to another. Typically students are integrated with host country students.

When you do a search for programs, you will see which ones are marked as “WSU exchange.” Exchange programs are generally the most affordable semester study away choice.  

Direct Enrollment Programs

Direct Enrollment Programs are programs administered on-site directly by a host institution. You will sign up for courses at the host institution just as you would if you were on campus at WSU. 

Provider Programs

Provider Programs are administered by a third-party study abroad provider with whom WSU has an agreement. Typically this model involves a “study center,” which is set up for U.S. students abroad as 1) a home base, 2) sometimes for accommodations, and 3) as an interactive academic center throughout the semester.

Study center models usually involve specialized credit-bearing courses that are part of the program, excursions, and sometimes internships or other community based learning opportunities.

Sometimes study centers also have a relationship with a host university or several host universities, where you may be able to take one or two classes offered by the program (e.g., “British Cultural History”) taught by local faculty who have experience teaching American students.  

Need more help?

The International Programs office has advising services to help you make a decision about which semester program is right for you.

Peer Advisors

Study Away Coordinator
Susan Niedzwiecki-Pham coordinates all aspects of semester and academic year study away. Contact her at