"Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did."
— Sarah Caldwell, Conductor - Metropolitan Opera

Partner Events

September 10, 2018
Undergraduate Learning Abroad
October 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Buffett Institute for Global Studies
October 12, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Past Events

ChicagoChicago Neighborhood Tours: NU in Chicago will provide groups of students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in Chicago neighborhoods for a day of exploration and engaged learning. Each group will visit a unique Chicago neighborhood like the ones featured in the Alex Kotlowitz book, and Northwestern’s One Book/One Northwestern selection for 2012-2013, Never a City So Real. Facilitated by NU student leaders, faculty, and staff, the day’s field experiences will enable students to explore cultural attractions, historic sites and diverse communities in an effort to better understand this remarkable, dynamic city. This is for freshmen and graduate students only. Space in the program is limited (and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis). Read more and sign up hereSunday September 30th 12:00-6:00 p.m. Norris Center


Passport to Global Cinema: I Wish (Kiseki)
(Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2011, Japan, 35mm, 128 min.)
In Japanese with English subtitles.
In this disarming family drama by the critically acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Life, Nobody Knows), two young brothers, Koichi and Ryunosuke (played by real-life siblings), begin the slow, awkward process of growing up after they are separated following their parents’ divorce. The elliptical narrative shifts between the lives of the two boys, with 12-year-old Koichi serving as the film’s emotional center point–it is his quixotic belief that a wish involving high-speed trains can reunite his broken family. “Delightful and uplifting” –Hollywood Reporter


Brazilian Consul General in Chicago with Ambassador Paulo Camargo: ”Learning a Foreign Language: A Tool for Career Enhancement?” – Ambassador Paulo Camargo has served overseas in the Brazilian Embassy in Washington D.C., the Permanent Brazilian Delegation to the Latin-American Integration Association (ALADI), the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, the Finance Office of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil in New York, and in the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa. Monday October 15th 5 p.m. Harris 108

still from the film Elena

(Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011, Russia, 35mm, 109 min.)
In Russian with English subtitles.

One of the most striking films to come out of Russia in recent years, Elena follows a middle-aged housewife whose world is rocked when an unexpected illness befalls her wealthy second husband and former employer. In order to provide for her adult children, Elena makes a desperate decision. Featuring powerful, restrained performances and a suspenseful score by composer Phillip Glass, Elena is a gripping exploration of family loyalties and the class divide in modern Russia. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Friday, October 19th 7 p.m. Block Museum


Adolfo Hernandez, Director of Chicago’s Office for New Americans - See here for a video with Adolfo Hernandez explaining the office’s agenda. Note: Rahm Emanuel created the Office for New Americans when he became Chicago’s Mayor in 2011. He has a tall order for the new office: Chicago is supposed to be the most “immigrant-friendly city in the world.”

Tuesday October 23rd 5 p.m. Harris 107

News Coverage:


Shun Li and the Poet (Io Sono Li) 

Two lost souls connect when Shun Li, a Chinese immigrant, moves to an Italian seaside community and meets a weathered but warm-hearted Slavic fisherman named Bepi. Struggling to assimilate and working tirelessly to pay off her debt to her sponsor and ensure safe passage of her son to Italy, Shun Li (played by Zhao Tao, who has worked extensively with famed director Jia Zhang-ke), takes solace in Bepi’s paternal kindness. But when their unlikely friendship sparks gossip and threatens Shun Li’s future, she finds herself facing an onerous dilemma. Deliberately paced and beautifully photographed, Shun Li and the Poet is a poignant reflection on immigration.

(Andrea Segre, 2011, Italy, 35mm, 100 min.)

Friday, November 16, 2012 7:00 PM

Teatro Luna

Teatro LunaTeatro Luna is Chicago’s first and only all-Latino theatre, organized for the purpose of exploring the varied experiences and cultures of Latina/Hispana women. They are sponsored by the International Voices Project (IVP), which creates opportunities for Chicago audiences to hear the voices of playwrights from around the world in collaboration with consulate generals and cultural institutions throughout Chicago. This performance is called Crossed, a play using wit, humor, and quirky poignancy to tackle the taboo, the uncomfortable, and some beautiful and ugly truths about living in America as an immigrant today. Presented in English with a sprinkle of Spanish.

Saturday November 17th 7 p.m. Harris 107

January, 2013

Information Sessions:

Re: Summer Language Grants, Undergraduate Research Grants, Fellowships
Date: January 11th, 2013
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Kresge 2-345 (Dept. of Philosophy Seminar Room)

Chicago Writer’s Panel: Language and Identity

Ana Castillo, Aleksander Hemon, and Bich Minh Nguyen, three writers with ties to Chicago will be joining us to discuss language and identity in their work and in literature in general. Moderated by Reginald Gibbons, Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities.
Where: McCormick Tribune Center
When: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.

Japanese Consul General of Chicago
Join us to hear Mr. Hironori Sawada, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, speak on the relationship between foreign policy and language. Reception to follow.
Where: Harris Hall, Room 108
When: Thursday, January 31st at 5:00 P.M.

February 2013:

Foreign Language Career Panel:
Come to the panel and learn about using foreign language in the public and private sectors!
Stay after to connect with the panelists and learn more!

Panel and Reception
Wed. Feb. 20th, 6-8pm
McCormick Tribune Forum
There will be refreshments
Co-Sponsored by the GLI and University Career Services.

Winter Films:

January 25: TABU
Language: Portuguese
(Portugal, 2012, Miguel Gomes)
Trailer and info here: http://www.palacefilms.com.au/tabu/

February 8: LUCKY
Languages: Zulu, Hindi & English
(South Africa, 2011, Avie Luthra)
Trailer and info here: http://luckythemovie2011.com/

February 22: ABOUT 111 GIRLS
Languages: Farsi/Persian (with some Kurdish & Turkish)
(Iraq/Iran, 2012, Nahid Ghobadi & Bijan Zmanpira)
Info here: http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/global-lens-collection/global-lens-2013/about-111-girls-darbare-111-dokhtar.html

Language: Spanish
(Argentina, 2012, Benjamin Avila)
info: http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=314



DATE: Tuesday, April 16th

TIME: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Norris 202, Northwestern Room, Evanston Campus
More and more employers, graduate schools and professional schools, including medicine and law, are looking for applicants with demonstrated problem-solving abilities, analytical and critical thinking skills, adaptability, resourcefulness, and cross-cultural communication skills. These skills and abilities, among many others, are often associated with those students gain during a study abroad e

xperience. Your résumé, cover letter, personal statement, and interview are ideal ways to highlight the skills you acquired and practiced through your study abroad experience. In this interactive workshop, led by University Career Services professionals, you will learn how to reflect upon and practice articulating your study abroad experience in a professional, coherent, and compelling manner so that you will stand out from the crowd when applying to jobs, graduate schools, and professional schools.


Workshop led by Tracie Thomas, Associate Director of Career Development, University Career Services