Becoming a global citizen of the world doesn’t start and stop with your education. Northeastern University offers many student organizations in which students can explore and express their own interests and passions. Meet new people, find a new hobby, gain leadership skills, and be a part of something on campus.
Below is a list of clubs of special interest to International Affairs students, plus an abridged list of cultural campus resources. There are over 400 clubs at Northeastern! Please visit the Student Life page for a complete listing.
The Global Journal for International Affairs is both an online and print publication. The Global Journal will allow students, faculty, alumni and Co-Op employers to share their International Affairs experience with the Northeastern community. The Global Journal is not limited to International Affairs students; it welcomes all students of the Northeastern community who have gone abroad through NU.in, Dialogue, or international Co-Op. We want to hear your stories and experiences, gather your tips and tricks, and share this information with students and staff campus wide.
The United Nations Association of the USA is a grassroots organization that advocates for US leadership at the United Nations (UN). With over 20,000 members and more than 200 chapters across the country, UNA-USA members are united in their commitment to global engagement and their belief that each of us can play a part in advancing the UN’s mission and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a campus chapter UNA Northeastern advocates for the UN SDGs locally and connects the mission and career opportunities of the UN to our community.
We’re working to build a welcoming community of students who are passionate about international issues. As an organization we come together weekly to learn about and discuss international issues and advocate for change in our community. The SDGs cover a broad range of issues and our focus represents this. Some of our past events, beyond our weekly meetings, have included annual UN Day and Earth Day events, a clothing drive, volunteering in the community, meeting with our representatives, and trips to UN events in New York.
The International Relations Council is the most interactive and integrated student group for Northeastern Students interested in foreign policy, international relations and the finer points of global politics. Weekly meetings are complemented by collaboration with the Model UN, Model NATO, and Model Arab League courses offered by the Political Science Department as part of NU’s experiential education. The team attends numerous prestigious collegiate simulated conferences each semester, as well as hosting our own various conferences for middle school, high school and college students. There is simply no better way for students to engage in and discuss the most prominent international current events while perfecting debate and public speaking skills. If you are interested in joining us, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our current meetings and events.
The Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Women’s Council, or the IWC for short, is the first body on the Northeastern campus that seeks to bring together women and women’s organizations on campus to facilitate the communication and promotion of women’s empowerment initiatives and events on campus. The council, at its core, is a means for individuals and clubs on campus to be exposed to the resources, the knowledge, the events, and the practices that have helped propel some of the campus’s largest women’s organizations to the success we see from them today. Too often, the biggest barrier to female empowerment is the lack of communication between women and this council wants to change that. We believe that every organization on campus that has shown their commitment to gender equality should have the ability to know how to succeed as a club at Northeastern and the best way to do that is to learn from clubs that have already done it. The council will be the primary body from which the university hosts campus-wide, interdisciplinary women’s events such as an annual International Women’s Day Celebration.
The Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students serves community partner organizations throughout Boston. ACES students commit to volunteering regularly in local organizations, where they build leadership skills and provide sustained service in their communities throughout their undergraduate careers.
We are NUTELLS, Northeastern University Teaching English Language and Literacy Skills. We are a student group that organizes and teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for campus employees. Our goal is not only to improve the their English and overall confidence, but also to help build a stronger sense of community among students and staff members. NUTELLS has flexible class schedules and time commitments, requiring about an hour and a half per class. Tutors generally work one-on-one or with small groups of students, which really allows for everyone to get to know one another. You don’t need ANY experience–just a friendly attitude and a desire to make a difference in our community!
The Northeastern University Political Review seeks to be a non-affiliated platform for students to publish essays and articles of the highest possible caliber on contemporary domestic and international politics, as well as critical reviews of political books, film, and events. The Political Review aspires to foster a culture of intelligent political discourse among interested individuals while promoting awareness of political issues in the campus community. The organization envisions itself as a place where students with a common interest in politics and world affairs may come together to discuss and develop their views and refine their opinions. The Political Review hopes to reflect the diversity of thought and spirit at Northeastern, including the dual ethic of academic and experiential education our school embodies.
The Student Alliance for Prison Reform is a network of students and student organizations from universities across the country with the mission of supporting initiatives to bring about change in the US criminal justice system.
SAPR is a club at Northeastern University that works to spread awareness about the injustices faced by prison inmates. Through weekly educational meetings, movie nights, speakers, and other special events, we work to keep college students informed about issues within the prison system.
Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to build healthier communities with young people. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum with a focus on sexual health, mental health, and substance use in under-resourced high-schools throughout the country. Peer Health Exchange’s vision is to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people in under-resourced communities.
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More Campus Clubs and Resources (Partial List – Go to Student Life website for over 400 club listings)
The Asian American Center at Northeastern seeks to establish a dynamic presence of the Asian American community at the University. The role of the Center at Northeastern is to ensure the development and enhancement of the University’s commitment to the Asian American community. In providing the Asian American community a vehicle for increasing visibility on campus, the Center aims to support student exploration of social identity development and empower students to take an active role in shaping their experiences at Northeastern. To that end, the Center strives to promote continued dialogue on the rich diversity and complexity of the Asian American experience, and how that complexity manifests itself in various aspects of life within and outside of the University.
Welcome to the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, an important and exciting university initiative which builds on the successes of the former Spiritual Life Center and seeks to advance a new model of campus religious/spiritual programing, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, and civic engagement for global citizenship. This website is currently under construction. Please contact the new center Executive Director, Alexander Levering Kern, to learn more about our programs. To join our email list for program updates, or to inquire about group use of the Sacred Space or Reflection Room, please visit our website and fill out the electronic forms at www.northeastern.edu/spirituallife To learn about worship services and opportunities with Northeastern’s religious communities, please contact Hillel, the Catholic Center, the Islamic Society of Northeastern, the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry, and our other groups. The Sacred Space and Reflection Room in Ell Hall are available for your individual prayer and reflection. We look forward to welcoming you and working with you.
GSS provides English-language, academic, and cultural support to Northeastern’s international and non-native English-speaking students, scholars, faculty and staff though the International Tutoring Center. GSS provides one-on-one English-language tutoring focusing on: Reading, Pronunciation, Presentations, TOEFL, Career preparation, Conversation, Writing- Planning, Writing- Grammar, Writing- Organization, and Writing- Citations. GSS also offers Reading Workshops, Writing Workshops, Language and Culture Workshop series, as well as a non-credit Listening and Speaking course. GSS and ITC services are open to all international and non-native English-speakers in all programs, colleges, and campuses.
The Latinx Student Cultural Center (LSCC) and Northeastern Latino/a Community seek to empower Latino/a leaders of tomorrow in an increasingly global environment through their academic, personal and professional development.
Welcome to the Northeastern University LGBTQA Resource Center Orgsync page. Here we provide information for the Northeastern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Ally community as well as provide support for those that may have questions about the living in this community. The LGBTQA Resource Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Curry Student Center, in room 328. The LGBTQA Resource Center is a place students can come to socialize, relax between classes, study, and learn more about opportunities for students who identify as LGBTQA within the Northeastern Community. There is also a LGBTQA resource library students can use for research or entertainment. Simply put, the LGBTQA Resource Center is the information hub for all that is LGBTQA on the Northeastern Campus. Mission: The LGBTQA Resource Center aspires to create a community that is free from societal issues such as heterosexism and transphobia, by instilling a culture of appreciation, respect and empowerment throughout Northeastern. We initiate and sustain co-curricular programs and services that enrich the holistic development of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally students. Through dialogue and support services, we strive to increase the visibility of and enhance LGBTQA student life on campus.
Husky Ambassadors are a distinguished group of undergraduate student leaders dedicated to providing campus visitors a glimpse into the power of a Northeastern education. We do this through a number of means including, but not limited to, leading campus tours, staffing NU Preview Day and Welcome Day events, serving as lunch hosts and panelists, and consistently acting as a positive reflection of the University in our everyday lives. Additionally, there are many paid opportunities within Undergraduate Admissions that Husky Ambassadors are prime candidates for. Through the professional volunteer opportunities that Husky Ambassadors are involved in, we support admissions initiatives, which in turn support University initiatives. Our slogan is “We all have stories to tell. What will yours be?” With each visitor that we speak with, it is our goal to have shared all of our personal stories surrounding global experiential education, research, intellectual life, campus involvement, and Boston pride. By skillfully highlighting what has made Northeastern the correct fit for us, we hope to allow prospective students to see themselves in our shoes in the future. In addition to gaining important professional and leadership experience in one of the most impactful offices at Northeastern, you will be welcomed into one of the premiere student communities on campus, have the ability to participate in awesome on and off campus programs, and get the inside scoop on University wide initiatives and plans. With that in mind, we look for dedicated, professional, talented, organized, energetic students who are excited to share their Northeastern story.
The SJRC is a hub of innovative, justice-minded thinking, collaboration and action on campus that aspires to contribute to the common good. That is our mission statement; one we’re proud to uphold. We believe that #SocialJusticeIsForAll.
The SJRC values Northeastern’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and seeks to be an empowering place for the people who visit it. You will likely encounter individuals whose ideas, beliefs or identities are different from your own.
The purpose of the ASANU is to bring all Arab students attending Northeastern University together and make them raise awareness of their diverse and unique cultures, values and customs with the entire Northeastern Community. Also, the ASANU will provide its members, both Arab and non-Arab, with the needed academic support in order for them to excel and succeed.
Her Campus Northeastern University (HC NU) is a branch of the online magazine Her Campus, a website founded in 2009 that is written entirely by college women, for college women. HC NU produces weekly stories about happenings on campus and in Boston, posts photos and provides relevant information to the community of women at Northeastern University. Members get a chance to participate in fun social events with each other and members of the other Boston chapters.
Vision: ISIB hopes to be a resource in a club form that offers to primarily assist international students integrate in the US workforce and become global business leaders.
One major setback that international students face when coming to study in the US, is the uncertainty of having viable job prospects in the US after graduation due to the Visa/Work Permit issue. Currently, US college graduates without a STEM major get 12 months of OPT and STEM students a total of 29 months. After this period, students must hope that companies will sponsor them for an H-1B visa, which very few companies do and these companies are also difficult to find.
Additionally, the club also hopes to offer guidance to international student on how to be successful as internationals in the professional world, and how they should be able to utilize their skills to their advantage.
Strategy: We hope to have our club consist of two components. The first component would be to have a research division to the club. The researchers would have the responsibility of researching & contacting companies for positions that offer sponsorship or offer to hire international students. In the long run we would hopefully be able to build relationships with these companies where we can hopefully send an international student every year to work there. The findings of our research will be available to all our members and we would also encourage members to have a genuine crowdsourcing mentality, where if they find a position that does not require sponsorship, that they share it with the rest of the group members.
Alternatively, we would also like to bring in guest speakers, in a group discussion setting, to give members the opportunity to talk and discuss on how to be successful international professionals. Researchers and Eboard members in our club would also be responsible for reach out to potential guest speakers.
Objectives: The three objectives we have are Place & Educate & Serve. We want to place as much of our international members into secure jobs after graduation. We want to educate the international student body on how they are able to be global leaders by bringing in proven professionals in an array of fields to offer advice and guidance. Lastly, it is also important to serve. This is done by researchers in the club and general members sharing jobs that they have found that do not require sponsorships to all other members of the club. We would highly encourage researchers to be non-international students that want to ensure that their peers have as many opportunity possibilities as possible after graduation.
Originally founded as a political organization in 1976, The Northeastern Black Student Association serves as the umbrella organization for Black students on campus, acting as a medium between Black students at large and officials of higher authority at Northeastern University. NBSA seeks to establish a dominant presence both on campus and in the surrounding community as an organization focused on the political, historical, and socio-cultural well being of our fellow Black students.
The Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) was created in 2014 as the result of the actions of a group of Brazilian students studying in various American universities. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the Brazil’s development through the creation of platforms between our home country and students abroad. At its core, BRASA has proactivity, excelency, meritocracy, and commitment to Brazil. BRASA is currently present in over 90 universities in the United States, Canada, France, and the UK, and already has more than 7,000 members.
Our goal moving forward is to continue to bring together the Brazilian community here at Northeastern, continuing to offer fun and professional events to link the community both socially and professionally.
CSA, or the Chinese Student Association, was founded in 2012 with the purposes of unity, exploration, enrichment, community, and chilling out and having fun! We unite students interested in the Chinese American identity, explore traditional Chinese and Chinese American culture and heritage, enrich student life through meaningful events and relationships, foster a sense of community and provide a voice to those who identify within that community, and also provide an enjoyable space where students can escape the everyday stresses of school and work. To do this, we pride ourselves especially in the fun, yet educational, events and general meetings that we hold; in our robust family system; and more recently, on our emphasis of workshops which promote a deeper understanding of our own cultures and of how to improve our intersectionality. We invite people of all backgrounds to join the Chinese Student Association.
The GSNU provides a gathering space for German native speakers (from Germany, Austria, Switzerland etc.), students learning German, and anyone who would like to grow their knowledge of German culture and language.We hold fun events on-campus such as “Authentic German Food and Cooking”, “German Language Trivia”, and “Film Night”, as well as occasional off-campus events and Germanic holiday events. We are proud bring representation to the language and cultures of German speaking countries.
The Multicultural Greek Council is a co-educational governing council serving its fraternity and sorority affiliated members, the University, and local communities as well as our cultural community, campus, and multicultural groups and clubs. The purpose of the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is to increase awareness of various cultures and ethnicities to the recognized organizations and the community as well as promote a positive image of these organizations through cooperation, communication, and participation. The MGC serves as a body to unite and promote growth among our own organizations as well as to other fraternities and sororities on campus.
NUIC’s goal is to create a supportive, united and worldwide network between past, present and future Northeastern students interested in the Italian lifestyle. Our community aims to involve people from all backgrounds, from International and domestic students who would like to bridge their experiences to Italian culture, to Italy’s natives who necessitate a home away from home.
In our meetings, we often brainstorm ideas for future activities while eating snacks from Eataly (it’s tradition). Our club’s structure has adapted to the current Covid situation, however, we hope that, in the coming semester, our members can resume the in-person events we love so much, including discovering Boston’s best Italian restaurants, participating in the infamous Pasta Night, and organizing fun and informative discussions with other clubs, guest speakers, and faculty to foster effective communication between Northeastern’s diverse community and ensure that everyone, whether Italian or not, receives the warm and welcoming NUIC experience.
We are welcoming all Japanese students and students who are interested in Japan, Japanese culture, or Japanese language to come our events! You can get notified about our events by our Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/neujsa/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel) We are also looking for students motivated to introduce Japanese cultures to the Northeastern community to join our club! If you are interested in joining our club, please contact us through Email or the Facebook page! 日本人カモーン
Northeastern Jewish Student Union is the independent voice of Jewish students on campus. Northeastern JSU empowers Jewish students to make a difference in their community and the world. JSU student leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially.
Iranian Student Association of Northeastern University (ISAN) is a cultural organization founded by the students of NEU in 2007. The purpose of this group is to foster a sense of community amongst Persian students and faculty, as well as any members of the university community who exhibit interest in our culture. Our music, language, food, ideals, and traditions bring us together and create a bond that is strengthened through the community, and we hope you will join us and share in our cultural heritage.