"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."
— Rita Mae Brown, writer

Explore Opportunities

NU students in Chile, credit IPD
NU student in Bolivia, credit GESI
NU student overlooks the landscape in India, credit GESI
Who knew you could kayak in Berlin! credit IPD
NU student in Uganda, credit IPD
NU students hang out on a cliff in Chile, credit IPD
NU students ride a train in Bolivia, credit IPD
An talented alum does a hand-stand in Slovenia, , credit IPD

“Engage with the World” – NU Strategic Plan

The best thing about knowing other languages are the opportunities that open up. Northwestern offers you multiple ways to explore worldwide through study abroad options, summer programs, international internships, and fellowships. But you don’t always have to travel far to find ways to apply your language skills and immerse yourself in multicultural learning. See what’s happening right here on campus, in the Evanston and Chicago area and how you can explore different communities.

NUGO: Great site to start exploring Northwestern’s international activities and partnerships (searchable by country, programs, etc.)

Hear from students directly about their study abroad experience:

Student Voices (Study Abroad Office)

International Program Development Blogs

Blog entries from students who participated in the Buffett Center’s Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI program)

Abroad Student

Sam Uelide (’12) is a Political Science and International Studies double major, focusing on China. Explaining his interest, Uelide says China is “a huge country in so many different ways, and I felt that it was a subject worthy of tackling with my four years of undergrad.” The first days abroad were underwhelming, but he seems to be figuring things out along the way. An excerpt from his IPD blog entry: “But then this place started growing on me, and I realized that I had made a mistake I had warned myself against making. I had been so eager to ‘experience China’ that I was actually missing China while I attempted to ‘experience’ it. And so, I stopped trying to experience the culture, and instead started to embed and observe.”

International StudentMats Gabriel Love Johansen is a half Norwegian, half American freshman who has lived in Norway, Russia, and the United Kingdom. He is interested in economics and its relation to international politics, especially between the U.S. and Europe. “Having grown up in a highly socialist country, it is interesting to come to the US and see the differences here,” he says in his interview with the International Student Association (ISA).