A PLNU student poses with new friends while studying abroad.

Office of Global Studies

Take your studies on a journey

At PLNU, we believe it is essential for our students to have a purposeful experience abroad that integrates academic, faith, career, and personal development. Studying abroad is an educational experience that will prepare you to live and work as an informed citizen in a globally connected world. As you take this journey to becoming a global citizen, you will have the opportunity to recognize the significance of the multilingual, multicultural, and ethnic influences at home and abroad.

We help students participate in incredible programs in every region of the world, with new locations and programs offered every year. PLNU students have studied in more than 50 different countries on every continent.


No matter your major or where you want to go, we can help you find the perfect program.

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Be sure to submit your application on time!

Spring Deadline: October 15
Summer and Fall Deadline: March 15

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From passports to immunizations, we are here to help prepare you for takeoff.

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Find out how we can help you ease back into campus life after studying abroad.

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See how affordable studying abroad really is!

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Ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime?

Student Profile

Rachel Devine with Widespread Arms Abroad

Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine, an international studies major, spent a semester attending class sitting on the ground and not wearing shoes. Rachel studied abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal during the spring semester of her junior year. She knew before coming to PLNU she wanted to do a semester studying abroad, and the stars aligned when she realized that was required for her major. Read more

Location and Hours

Want to learn more? Stop by one of our information sessions, held in the Office of Global Studies at 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Want to get in touch?
Phone: (619) 849-2387
Fax: (619) 849-7023

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Contact Us

Kathy McConnell, Ph.D.
Study Abroad Advisor

Diana Meza-Ehlert
Study Abroad Coordinator

Nayeli Luis
Department Assistant

Sandy Soohoo-Refaei
Director, Office of Global Studies
(619) 849-2783

Students from India

Returning to India

PLNU student Jacci O’Keefe shares about her experience of visiting India and having an educational experience that was unexpected and transformational.

Read More in the Viewpoint Online Magazine 

Sea Lions Abroad

Student Profile

Student with a Camel Abroad

Jack Marschke

Jack Marschke is a senior environmental science major, and his program requires the completion of eight units outside of PLNU. He did a Semester At Sea program to meet those requirements. Read more

Student Profile

Layah Weiss with Widespread Arms Abroad

Layah Weiss

On her daily walk to John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, Layah Weiss often stopped in the old and ornate edifice of the Santa Maria Catholic Church, where she went to find quiet in the whirlwind of her semester abroad. Read more