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Community Council for International Students

The Community Council for International Students (CCIS) is an all-volunteer group dedicated to making Northwestern University international students feel welcome in this country and at the University.

CCIS's mission

Since 1971, CCIS has sought to “to provide a cross-cultural exchange of ideas, information, and friendship.” Thousands of students from throughout the world have found CCIS to be a wonderful resource for making their stay in the USA easier and more enjoyable.

Programs and Events

CCIS offers a variety of social and informational programs. Programs are free (with the exception of Cooking Classes) to participants.

In addition, students and volunteers are invited to picnics, dinners and receptions throughout the academic year. View the CCIS Events Calendar to find CCIS activities. Note that some will require an RSVP.

Get Involved with CCIS

Visit the CCIS website to find information for contacts to call if you're interested in participating as an international student or community volunteer.

You can also contact CCIS member Sylvia Alvino at 847-328-7516 or by email at

Please note that only local phone calls can be returned.