"In such diffused changes of culture, two factors are necessary: contact and understanding."
— Hu Shih, Chinese Diplomat and Writer

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Immerse yourself in international issues and encounter diverse viewpoints.

Academic Programs

Interdisciplinary studies with an International Focus

Asian American Studies Program (AASP): Scholarship and engagement with the histories, culture, and politics of Asians in the United States.

Asian and Middle East Studies Program (AMES): Undergraduate program that provides opportunities to learn in depth about some part of the vast area covered by Asia and the Middle East.

Center for Global Culture and Communication (CGCC): Interdepartmental forum for bringing together School of Communication faculty and students to address the emerging importance of globalization in communication studies.

In International Studies, you can acquire an adjunct major that will provide you with “an interdisciplinary perspective on international phenomena” and key analytical and intellectual skills you need to pursue global careers.

Latino and Latina Studies offers courses pertaining to the histories, political experiences, cultural, material and artistic expressions, and intellectual traditions of Latinas and Latinos living in the United States.

Programs and Centers affiliated with the Buffett Center:

Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS)

Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA)

Global Mental Health Studies

Northwestern University Middle East Forum (NUMEF)

Center for Technology and Innovation Management (CTIM)

Keyman Family Program in Modern Turkish Studies

Program of African Studies (PAS)

French Interdisciplinary Group (FIG)

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies

Community-Focused Programs and Organizations

  • Center for Civic Engagement - Gives students opportunities to work in communities across Chicago.
  • NU Heights Tutor - With the support of the NU Spanish and Portuguese department, 60 Northwestern students will be making weekly trips to Pierce Elementary in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood to tutor grade-school kids.
  • Centro Romero (Rogers Park) – Centro Romero is a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago. Their mission is to provide opportunities for those community residents with the fewest options. Through education, Centro Romero emphasizes the development of the whole family unit, the creation of community leadership, and self-reliance.
  • Illinois Coalition of Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR) – The ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with its member organizations, ICIRR educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to: assert their rights; promote citizenship and civic participation; monitor, analyze, and advocate on immigrant-related issues; and inform the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.

DoppeltJack Doppelt teaches journalism to Medill students. He specializes in Media Law and Ethics and the reporting of legal and immigrant affairs. Doppelt started two projects: Immigrant Connect, an online storytelling network for immigrants, their families, and communities in and around Chicago, and RefugeeLives which shows the daily lives of refugees and establishes connections between resettled refugees and those abroad.

Student-Run Organizations

Cultural Interest groups: Multicultural Student Affairs Groups

Multicultural and Pre-Professional

  • AIESEC – Largest student-run organization in the world, present in 107 countries; offers resources for finding internships and jobs abroad.
  • Interfaith – Invites NU students who practice many faiths to come together to promote cooperation and dialogue among diverse religious and philosophical traditions.
  • ISA International Student Association
  • International Studies Residential College (ISRC) – Is a dorm known for its international focus.
  • Minority Business Association
  • Model UN
  • The 195, a blog of NU abroad experiences


  • China Care – A mission to sponsor surgeries and medical treatments for orphans in China.
  • GlobeMed – Partners with the HOPE Center to fund community health and outreach projects in Ho, Ghana.
  • International Peer Advisor Program – allows current international students to plan International Student Orientation (ISO) events for incoming international students.

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