NEIU: Your Next Step to a Future in Business or STEM

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Ginna Watson was born in Cali, Colombia and migrated to the U.S. about 9 years ago. After attempting to obtain a license in the physical therapy field, she decided to change course and started a new career from scratch. Ginna will be graduating from NEIU in December, with a major in Finance and a minor in Data Analytics.
Victória (she/her/hers), from São Paulo, Brazil, is a recent graduate of NEIU who earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.
Cris Toffolo
Interim Director, Office of International Programs, Professor of Justice Studies
Cris Toffolo, PhD directs the Office of International Programs (OIP) at Northeastern Illinois University. OIP leads NEIU’s internationalization efforts, including helping international students, from the time they begin to apply, to orientation, while a student, and afterwards if they stay to work on the OPT program. She has taught in, and taken students to, many countries.

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Webinar Key Takeaways:


  • NEIU is a small public university of about 7,000 students, with small class sizes and half of our classes are under 20 students - so faculty know you and care about you.  
  • As a public university we have reasonable tuition rates.
  • NEIU has a 67 acre campus located in a quiet safe residential neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, accessible to downtown by train. Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the USA so great place to find internships and work opportunities.
  • NEIU is ranked No. 1  in social mobility (which means the highest increase in lifetime earnings of NEIU graduates as compared to the life time earnings of their parents).
  • OIP runs a buddy program which will pair you up with a US student who will begin to email with you before you arrive and help you to settle in.


Who is Northeastern Illinois University? 

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), founded in 1864, is a fully accredited, public university located on a 67-acre campus on the north side of Chicago that includes a beautiful new residence hall. NEIU offers 48 undergraduate majors and 35 masters programs, including strong programs in STEM. Its College of Business is AACSB approved. Its Educational Leadership program is nationally recognized. As a smaller university of about 7,000 students, with a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, NEIU provides its students with individualized attention and opportunities to do research. NEIU is ranked No. 1 in diversity, safety, and the social mobility of its graduates. The Office of International Programs provides wrap-around services to international students from the time they begin to apply, throughout their studies, and afterward, helping them file for OPT. 

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