Student Life



NIU is a multicultural community that cultivates, promotes and celebrates diversity. Approximately one third of Northern’s students come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Our student body also includes more than 700 international students. Learn more about Diversity Initiatives at NIU.

Attend a Diversity Event!

Open for all NIU students to explore and celebrate cultural diversity

  • Unity in Diversity
  • International Week
  • Asian American Heritage Month
  • Latin Chill
  • Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
  • And many others...

Experience Another Culture!

  • Study Abroad
    Enhance your education and experience another culture, first-hand. Opportunities are available for any major in 75 different countries!
  • Study a Foreign Language
    NIU offers an extensive variety of languages including: Spanish, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Indonesian, and Thai.