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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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Northwestern University and National Taiwan University enter academic partnership

May 31, 2021. A new partnership with National Taiwan University will foster student and faculty exchanges and increase opportunities for language studies.
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New virtual platform chronicles milestones and noteworthy moments of Northwestern’s global history

March 24, 2021. A recently launched platform features over 200 global milestones and unique, memorable, and proud moments in Northwestern’s 170-year history.
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Lunar New Year Greetings from Northwestern President Morton Schapiro

February 22, 2021. "My deepest hope is that you will thrive in this new year—as we work together to bring healing to the world. To make it a place where everyone can not only feel safe, but where everyone’s dignity and worth are affirmed and celebrated. "
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New Northwestern Directions: Pivots in International Education Amid COVID-19

February 9, 2021. In 2020, through many demonstrations of resiliency, faculty, staff, and students found ways to adjust to the new reality and create innovative global connections. Here are a few examples.

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.

Northwestern's Global Journey

Take a journey through the past and explore Northwestern’s rich international history by (re)discovering significant milestones and memorable moments; from early global engagement opportunities and an increasingly international student and faculty body to the interdisciplinary study abroad programs and innovative global collaborations that Northwestern is known for today.


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