Luther Semester and Academic Year Programs
Each year, Luther sponsors semester and year-long opportunities to study off campus. Check out the course locations and information to learn more about the programs.
Program sponsor: Luther College; program based in Sliema
Program dates: Late January to early June
Application deadline: March 1
Coursework includes Paideia 450: Ethical Issues in the Mediterranean; Maltese History and Culture; a travel course, Exploring Malta & the Mediterranean; additional classes taken at the University of Malta, and an optional Service Learning class.
Must have successfully completed a minimum of three semesters of study prior to the start of the program with a GPA of 2.5 or above and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Luther comprehensive fee, technology fee, and health and wellbeing fee, as well as a $1,500 program fee. Fees cover tuition, room/board (except during program vacations), group travel in the Mediterranean region, and study abroad travel insurance.
Please refer to the Financial Aid website for information on financial aid eligibility. Students who receive Pell Grants as a portion of their financial aid package are also eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship (competitive). Information and applications are available at http://www.iie.org/gilman.
Program sponsor: Luther College
Program Dates: February to early June
Application deadline: March 1
On-campus program advisor: Sören Steding, German Department
The Münster Semester is offered in even-numbered spring semesters. Students with various levels of German language skill have the opportunity to study in Münster, live with host families, and earn Luther College credit for German language, Paideia II, and religion.
Second-semester sophomores, juniors, seniors; 2.5 minimum GPA; German 101 required; other entry levels require completion of German 201 or German 344/345.
Luther comprehensive fee, technology fee, and health and wellbeing fee, as well as a $1,600 transportation/program fee. Fees cover tuition, airfare, room and board (except during program vacation), study abroad travel insurance, and group travel.
You are eligible to receive all financial aid for which you qualify, except for work-study and music scholarships. Students who receive Pell Grants as a portion of their financial aid package are also eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship (competitive). Information and applications are available at www.iie.org/gilman.
Program sponsor: Luther College, hosted by the University of Nottingham
Program Dates: September–June
The Nottingham Year is based on community: you will live with other students in a flat leased by the college and have the opportunity to be involved in a community service project of your choosing. A Luther faculty director lives in a leased house near the student flat and serves as the resident director for the year. The faculty director coordinates/teaches four courses throughout the year which all students take. One of these courses includes significant group travel throughout the United Kingdom and sometimes Ireland. You will also take coursework at the University of Nottingham.
Eligibility: Juniors (sophomores at time of application); 3.0 minimum GPA
Program fee: Luther comprehensive fee, technology fee, and health and wellbeing fee, plus airfare. Fees cover tuition, fees, room/board (except during university vacations), and group travel around the United Kingdom.
Please refer to the Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid eligibility. Students who receive Pell Grants as a portion of their financial aid package are also eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship.
Luther College is part of a consortium of thirteen Lutheran colleges that operate a Washington Semester program. The program is offered each semester, and you can earn 12-16 credits, depending on the department sponsoring the internship.
The central feature of the program’s weekly schedule is a four-day-a-week internship. These are worth 4-8 credits, depending on the department overseeing the internship. The internship coordinator helps locate internships based on the your desire and needs. Internships are not limited to studying political science; there are many opportunities in communications, the arts, history and museum studies, economics and business, and environmental studies, among others. In addition, you’ll take two courses (each class is worth four credits).
You may earn Paideia 450 credit if they take The Global Agenda, Violence and Values, or American Diversity and do a number of reflective writings. The Washington Semester can satisfy the J2 requirement.
Learn more about the Washington Semester program.
The Rochester Semester is a study away program that will help you build career-ready skills and a professional network. You’ll live in Rochester, Minnesota, which is about an hour north of Decorah.
As part of the program, you’ll work at a semester-long internship that fits your interests. You’ll spend 15-20 hours per week in your chosen career field gaining hands-on training in a real-world environment. You might work at:
- A medical research lab at the Mayo Clinic or other medical facility
- The human resources department at a local business
- The front desk of an arts nonprofit
You’ll also take Luther College courses as part of your experience. In one of your classes, you will study the city of Rochester, including its current development and the impact of the city’s growth. This course may fulfill your Paideia 450 requirement. Your other Rochester Semester course will help you reflect on the insights you’ve gained on your internship in the context of your previous coursework and experiences.
Discover more about the Rochester Semester program.