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ELP Foundations

Northwestern University brings students and scholars from around the world to engage in research, graduate studies and intellectual exchange. For nineteen years, The International Summer Institute (ISI) eased the transition to life at Northwestern for international graduate students. Beginning in Summer 2019, English Language programs will transition the International Summer Institute to a new program, ELP Foundations. 

ELP Foundations is 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 will provide 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.

The admissions process for ELP Foundations 2019 is now complete. We look forward to working with our 2019 cohort online in June and July and in person in September.

Are you a prospective student who will  attend ELP Foundations 2019? You can download our 2019 Factbook with the password from your email.

Faculty and admissions officers who wish to nominate students who will enter in Fall 2020 should contact Program Coordinator Brian Hampson at for more information on dates and deadlines for 2020.

Current PhD and MFA students, please consider becoming an Event Guide for ELP Foundations 2019. See our position description form for full details. Applications are due Friday, July 26 at 5pm for the Event Guide Position.