English Language Assistance

After arrival, you may determine that you need greater proficiency in English language. We can connect you to resources ranging from formal courses to informal conversation opportunities.

English conversation opportunities

Volunteers from Northwestern's Community Council for International Students (CCIS) are available to practice English through one-on-one or group conversation sessions. Learn more and apply.

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses

Northwestern's English Language Programs offer courses, workshops, tutoring, and orientation sessions for new international graduate students. Another option is nearby Oakton Community College, which offers for-credit and non-credit ESL courses.