International Students

Northern Illinois University

NIU is giving a crash course on the United States to a collection of new Fulbright scholars this week.

The Fulbright program was created in 1946 to provide scholarships to international students interested in studying in America, and for U.S. citizens to do the same abroad. This week, Northern Illinois University is holding a “gateway orientation” for 65 foreign students who will study across the country. Stephanie Brown, Associate Director of the NIU Student and Faculty Office, said the campus provides a broad base for students preparing to study across the U.S.

Ibrahim Baig

Legal uncertainty remains surrounding the President’s travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries.

Northern Illinois University students and members of the DeKalb community are reaching out to those who may be affected.

“Without even us reaching out to anyone, I was getting like five, six emails per day, just of support," said Afreen Warsi, a biology major and member of the Muslim Student Association at Northern Illinois University. She says other students reached out to her following the first travel order issued by the White House.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The President’s recent executive order put in place a 90-day ban on entry visas for immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen).  And it’s worrying the international community at NIU.

The concern is particularly strong among those present on a student visa.  Stephanie Brown, Associate Director of the International Student and Faculty Office, says only a small number of NIU's roughly 1,100 international students are affected directly. 

International Students At NIU: A Perspective

May 2, 2016

When people are interested in a foreign country, they may peruse its cultural products, establish relationships with a community of expatriates, or go on vacation there.  Yet it takes a special breed to move abroad, learn the local language, and study there for an extended period.