Studying Abroad

STUDY ABROAD OFFICE

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9a-5p

847-467-6400

learningabroad@northwestern.edu

If you are a math major or minor considering foreign study and hope to include math courses in your curriculum while abroad, a careful choice of study abroad program and advance preparation are essential. You should be sure to ask NU's Study Abroad Office specifically about the availability of math courses at the programs you are considering. For example, our recent experience has been that several programs in England, Australia, and Switzerland offer many options, while math courses are unavailable to those studying in Seville.

Advance Planning

  • If you are planning to be abroad only part of the academic year and want to fulfill the math major sequence requirement by combining course work abroad with course work at NU, careful advance planning is necessary. In general, it is easier to do this if your foreign study is during the Fall Quarter.
  • Taking Math 300 early is good preparation for foreign study, since math courses that you take abroad are often theoretical (like our Math 320/321 or 330/331), and presuppose familiarity with a course like 300.
  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies is available to discuss math course options abroad and sign the major approval part of your study abroad application.
    • Math Majors and Minors can schedule DUS advising appointments using ADVISESTREAM.
    • If you are not already a declared Math Major or Minor, DUS appointments can be scheduled by contacting the UG Program Assistant (jenima.lyon@northwestern.edu).
    • It's essential that you bring along to that appointment as much information as you can find about specific math course offerings which will be available at the programs you are considering.

Additional study abroad Opportunities

Math in Moscow: http://www.ams.org/programs/travel-grants/mimoscow
  • This program was created to provide students (primarily from the U.S., Canada & Europe) with a semester-long, mathematically intensive program of study in the Russian tradition.  The main feature of the Russian tradition of teaching mathematics has always been the development of a creative approach to studying mathematics from the outset, the emphasis being on problem solving rather than memorizing theorems.
Budapest Semester: http://www.budapestsemesters.com
  • Through this program, mathematics and computer science majors in their junior/senior years have the unique opportunity to spend fall, spring or summer semester in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers
Jacobs Semesters in Mathematics: http://math.jacobs-university.de/international/
  • Jacobs Semesters in Mathematics offers a limited number of study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate students in pure and applied mathematics at Jacobs University, an independent private university in Germany
Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters (MASS) Program: http://www.math.psu.edu/mass/
  • Department of Mathematics of the Pennsylvania State University runs a yearly semester-long intensive program during the Fall semester of each year for undergraduate students seriously interested in pursuing a career in mathematical sciences.  Participants are selected from applicants who will be juniors or seniors in the following academic year (sophomores may be admitted in some cases).

Master of Mathematics / Master of Advanced Study (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos):http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/postgrad/mathiii

  • This is a one-year course at the University of Cambridge for well-qualified students (typically graduating magna or summa in their mathematics major). Fees are around £17,500 pa. For well-qualified students, some scholarships are available.  This is an excellent option for students interested in applied mathematics or theoretical physics.
Los Alamos National Lab Undergraduate Student Program: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/student-internships/undergraduate/
  • A program designed for students who know of a particular person at Los Alamos that they would like to intern with. Appointments for undergraduates can be for a summer, part-time, or full-time while still enrolled in their institution. 
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Internships: https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/guest/searchOpps/
  • Various opportunities in applied mathematics. Interested applicants may search the internship database based on their undergraduate year.  Programs can be for a summer, semester, or year.