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Office of the Vice President for International Relations

Bringing the World to Northwestern and Northwestern to the World

The Office of the Vice President for International Relations, under the leadership of Dévora Grynspan, advances the strategic goals of the university in a global context by developing and strengthening international partnerships, providing international opportunities for faculty and administrators, hosting foreign delegations and events, and supporting and integrating the global activities of various units on campus.

International Partners

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Northwestern University has partnerships with some of the best institutions in the world and puts a strong emphasis on strengthening and expanding these relationships. Explore our partners, learn how to develop partnerships and how our office can assist in the process, and understand the different types of partnerships we engage in.

International Visitors

We regularly host international visitors and delegations and customize agendas tailored to their interests.

Latest News

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Global Partnerships Lead to Empathetic Storytelling in Lebanon and Nigeria

October 17, 2018. Access to Health, Northwestern’s interdisciplinary health and human rights project, links Medill journalists with local partners, shedding light on global health and human rights issues.

German author and TV host speaks on the power of appreciation

June 18, 2018. German journalists discuss the power of appreciation in a global context during a talk at Northwestern.

Connecting with Cuba

June 13, 2018. Northwestern signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Havana Medical School.

Japanese Government Honors Northwestern Professor Emeritus with Third-Highest Order

May 24, 2018. Professor Phyllis Lyons honored for her role in promoting Japanese culture, language education and cultural exchange

Faculty and Staff Engagement

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Faculty members interested in developing or expanding their international portfolio and collaborations with the support of our office can do so in various ways.
For Faculty
Staff members wanting to engage meaningfully in Northwestern’s internationalization activities can do so in various ways through our office.
For Staff


We offer presentation tools to help showcase Northwestern's global reach to a broad audience as well as informational resources on Northwestern's activities around the world.