Academic Requirements & Resources

Requirements and resources for students

On this page, you can find information about academic requirements and resources while studying at Northwestern.

Academic program objectives

To maintain visa compliance, international students must uphold certain academic program objectives:

  • Attend the institution listed on your DS-2019
  • Maintain full-time enrollment each term, which means registering for at least 3 courses in a quarter

These objectives are explained in greater depth on the International Office website.

Academic resources

Advising and assistance

You will be assigned either an academic adviser in the McCormick School of Engineering (if you are an engineering student) or the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (if you are a student in arts or sciences). Your assigned academic adviser can assist you with academic planning and other academic questions that you may have during your time at Northwestern.

Many professors and Teaching Assistants (TAs) hold Office Hours when they will be available for students to come in and ask them questions.

Additional campus resources

Share your native language

There are a number of ways to share your native language with Northwestern students.

Connect with your NU language department

Weinberg College offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish.

Attend Conversation Tables

Language department faculty will inform you of weekly language practice times.

Tutor Northwestern students or becoming a language partner

Talk to language department faculty about these potential opportunities.