Writing a thesis or dissertation is one of the hardest things you may ever do. Doing so in another country, in another language, is even harder!
At NIU we offer an holistic and supportive international graduate student experience, focused not only on your education, but your cultural enrichment and lifelong learning. From offering financial support, to emotional, social, and professionalization support, our mission is to help you finish your thesis or dissertation and move on to make your mark on the world.
At the Thesis and Dissertation Office, we see many students from Saudi Arabia, China, India, and Latin America (and all over!). We are aware of your unique challenges and bumps in the road that make writing your thesis a difficult journey.
Some challenges our students face are:
- Language barriers
- Student Visa requirements (completing the thesis on-time)
- Understanding Graduate School policies
- Lacking a social network at school
For current and prospective students, getting acquainted with NIU's support services is the place to start.
The Nuts and Bolts
The International Student Faculty Office (ISFO) is where you can find all of the information, forms, advisor contacts, and immigration help you need for becoming an international graduate student, and maintaining your status. Additionally, the Graduate School website has a page dedicated to international admissions. These pages will help you understand the "ins and outs" of doing graduate work and completing a thesis here:
International Student and Faculty Office
The Graduate School: International Students
The Fun Stuff!
|Marcos Quezada and Pablo Suarez, |
founders of NIU's Global Friends Network
Division of International Affairs
Remember, you may feel alone, and you may feel like you are doing the most difficult thing you have ever done. Only one of those things is true! The global NIU community is here for you, and the Thesis and Dissertation Office is part of that community. We are your go-to for any questions about completing your thesis, but we are also a resource for navigating graduate school in general. Our office is staffed with Graduate Assistants who are writing their dissertations, and our events and programs attract students from many countries who are trying to do the same thing. So remember to:
- Network through the social groups for international students
- Seek help when you need it! If you don't know where to go, ask us.
- Educate yourself by exploring the links we've provided.
We want you to succeed!
To end, a message and interview with some international students:
International Students at NIU: A Perspective