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International Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The International Studies program of Northwestern University allows students to pursue a coherent curriculum that addresses global aspects of their primary major. The major and minor programs comprise a set of core courses along with regional and thematic clusters of elective courses. We also offer a series of capstone seminars where IS majors can develop independent research projects.
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The International Studies program of Northwestern University encourages and supports student's education and scholarship in international affairs. We are open to all Weinberg students and to students from across the university. We offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum as well as weekly seminars, research support for students, career counseling, public events, and more.

The Core Courses in International Studies are great gateway courses into the field of international studies. Rooted in the diverse methodologies of our interdisciplinary program, they will provide you with the basic theories which will underlie the rest of your curriculum.

Career paths

What can you do with an International Studies degree? This is a common question for students at Northwestern or individuals considering the IS program. The options are highly varied as students have different focuses and the IS curriculum provides broad, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. The extensive list of opportunities and possibilities range from non-profit organizations, government agencies, large corporations and businesses, to non-government organizations. Law and graduate school are common options to further your Northwestern academic experience. Other options include teaching English in another country or volunteering internationally. As an International Studies student, you will learn a variety of skills that can be applied to many internship opportunities and professions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global History
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Beliefs & Social Systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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