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ELP Foundations

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 introduceELP 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