Since 2000, The Graduate School has offered orientation programming for incoming international PhD and MFA students, in order to ease the transition to Northwestern and the United States.
In 2019, TGS introduced ELP Foundations, a hybrid course that pairs online instruction in the summer before students arrive on campus with in-person experiences in Evanston and Chicago in September. ELP Foundations provides linguistic, emotional, academic and practical support to entering Northwestern PhD and MFA students through online content on using American English, and practical advice on integrating into an American university and the local culture. Students will begin to build their new support network over the summer online and then have the chance to meet their classmates in person in September to explore Chicago together.
Tuition for ELP Foundations is completely covered by The Graduate School: there are no fees for either students or their departments. Students are selected for ELP Foundations through nomination by their admitting department between February and May.
Eligibility and participation
- If you are a student who has been offered admission to a PhD or MFA program at Northwestern for Fall 2020, and you would like to participate in ELP Foundations, please contact your department representative and ask to be nominated.
- If you are a faculty member or department representative who would like further information about the nomination and admissions process, please contact Program Coordinator Brian Hampson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations for ELP Foundations 2020 will open in February 2020.
- Current PhD and MFA students, please consider becoming an Event Guide or Online Peer Mentor for ELP Foundations 2020. A call for aapplications will go out in late Winter or early Spring Quarter.
- Forany additional questions about this program, please contact Program Coordinator Brian Hampson at email@example.com.