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English Language Resources

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.

You may also view a version of this page translated into:

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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 about CCIS.
  • Join the Graduate International Student Association (G-ISA)'s Multicultural Dialogue Group!  Make new friends, learn about new cultures and practice your English in an informal environment.  Contact G-ISA for more information
  • Coffee Talk - biweekly "coffee Talk" sessions are co-sponsored by CAPS and OISS. Coffee Talk is a welcoming space where attendees can:  support each other in navigating academic stress, overcome homesickness; grow self-confidence and cultivate a sense of belonging on campus; practice english; and take a break from studies!  See the CAPS webpage for the current Coffee Talk schedule and meeting location.
  • Join a student group!  Visit Wildcat Connection to find one that matches your interests.

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses

Northwestern's English Language Programs offer courses, workshops, tutoring, and orientation sessions for new international graduate students.   Norris Mini Courses often run an ESL class too.  Other nearby universities and libraries offer ESL classes open to scholars and spouses.