Campus & Community Involvement

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in Memphis

The IO (in collaboration with campus partners) offers an alternative spring break trip designed specifically for graduate international students.  The service-learning trip coordinates cultural and volunteer activities surrounding topics ranging from education, to public health, to food insecurity, throughout the city of Memphis, and have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the rich culture (and food!) of the American South.  Students learn about social issues, race and social justice in the US and make lasting friendships.  2016 photos part 1/part 2/part 3

Spring Picnic

Celebrate spring with the IO at our annual event, held in conjunction with our partner group CCIS2015 photos

Food Truck Festival

Celebrate the end of the academic year, 630 Dartmouth’s birthday and the arrival of summer at our annual Food Truck Festival!  The entire campus community is invited to celebrate with us.  2015 photos

Brown Bag series

Monthly informal presentations, networking and lunch for international graduate students and scholars.  Past topics include: Northwestern history, stress management, career networking, Chicago transportation science and American baseball.

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a program that provides drop-in consultations at location around campus for Northwestern students. Staff from Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provide free, informal, friendly and confidential consultations.  Let’s Talk at the IO is on Tuesdays (12-2 pm) during the academic year.  No appointment needed!

Winter is Coming workshop

Winter is coming… prepare yourself!  Get mentally, physically and socially ready at this workshop designed by CAPS and the IO.  Learn how to defend yourself again Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to enjoy the season.  View the presentation from our October 2015 workshop!

Share Your Table: Thanksgiving

For the last six years, the IO has connected international students with local families for Thanksgiving dinner.  Over 250 students and 70 host families shared cultural exchange, food and friendship in November 2014.  Don’t miss your chance to experience this uniquely American holiday!  Registration for students will open in early November.  Read our weekly student emails and follow us on social media for more info!

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

 New in 2015, the IO is offering low-cost, high-quality ESL classes.  Classes are open to all international students, scholars, and spouses and are taught by Shyanmei Wang, an experienced teacher with an MA in TESOL.  Classes will focus on conversation, vocabulary and English-speaking cultures.