NOTE: Summer 2021 advising continues to happen via email. Students with last names A-M should email Prof. Locke and students with last names N-Z should email Prof. Sullivan with questions. Please allow 24 business hours for a response.
Fall Quarter 2021 advising will be conducted remotely via Zoom. All appointments will still be made using our online booking platform, which you can access at this page. Instructions on how to enter your appointment will be sent in your appointment confirmation email.
To access all of the latest advising policies, procedures, and forms referenced below, visit WCAS's advising page.
What kind of advising do you need?
- Declaration of adjunct major or minor
- Northwestern or Northwestern-affiliated study abroad form signature
- Transfer of course credit taken abroad form signature
- Northwestern or Northwestern-affiliated study abroad advising
- Non-Northwestern or unaffiliated study abroad petition or advising
- Petition to graduate signature or correcting student record in CAESAR
- All other advising
If you do not have any questions about the Program in order to declare, you may simply complete the major or minor declaration form and email it to either Prof. Locke (last names A-M) or Prof. Sullivan (last names N-Z). They will virtually sign the form and submit it for processing.
If you would like more information on the program and requirements, sign up for a 30-minute virtual declaration appointment. During this small-group session, a Director of Undergraduate Study will provide an overview of the curriculum and course requirements, and you will have the opportunity to ask general questions.
If you are a WCAS student completing the Weinberg College Department Approval for Study Abroad Form, you should plan to have GHS be your last signature. Please note: Under “First Choice Program” and “Second Choice Program,” you must list the names of the classes (not just the course numbers). All students are strongly advised to have a second-choice program listed, as entry into the first choice program is not guaranteed. Having a second choice listed facilitates your timely completion of the study abroad requirement.
Email your completed form to your DUS. If the form is properly completed, the DUS will sign off and the program will send a scanned version back via email.
If you are completing the Petition for NU Credit for Courses Taken Abroad, send a PDF of the completed form – with syllabi and transcripts attached – to your DUS before Thursday at 5pm of the week you want the form signed.
As you’re planning your study abroad experience – whether you’re researching program options, determining possible courses to complete, or have questions about financial aid – you should generally start by meeting with the Global Learning Office (GLO). The DUS is generally unable to answer these kinds of questions, and GLO has numerous resources available to help you decide programs of interest, or to tell you about timelines and programs other GHS students have pursued.
The main instance in which a GHS student would need to speak with a DUS about study abroad is if they are interested in participating in a non-Northwestern/unaffiliated program and are seeking guidance on whether a given program would meet the GHS study abroad requirements. In this case, the DUS will assess the program in advance of a student submitting their application.
Generally, the criteria for non-NU or non-NU-affiliated study abroad programs are as follows:
- The program is primarily course-based. Generally, internships or volunteering are not counted towards the GHS study abroad requirement. Exceptions are for internships that have a significant course requirement with a minimum amount of contact hours accompanying the internship.
- Suggested courses are health-related, broadly construed.
- The courses in the study abroad program are region or area-specific, in that they’re specifically about the place where the student will undertake the study abroad, rather than general courses that don’t teach about the specific context. Courses should provide a deep dive into the context where a student studies.
If opting for a non-affiliated or non-NU study abroad program, you should ensure your program meets the above requirements before meeting with the DUS. GLO may be able to assist students to find non-NU or -affiliated programs prior to meeting with the DUS. You may then make an advising appointment with the DUS. Ultimately, any non-NU or non-affiliated programs are approved via a petition process. If you are interested in these kinds of study abroad options, it is best to start the process as early as possible.
If you need the DUS’s signature to complete your petition to graduate, and your academic record in CAESAR appears correct, you can email your completed petition to your DUS for their signature.
You should schedule a general advising appointment if CAESAR student record needs any adjustments, or if you have questions about whether or not you've completed all requirements. Make sure to have your completed Petition to Graduate form ready for this appointment.
Questions that don’t fall into the above categories can be addressed in a 15-minute, one-on-one general advising session. Topics that fall under general advising may include:
- Non-affiliated study abroad options
- Petitioning to graduate
- Fixing a GHS student record in CAESAR
- Other advising needs or questions about the Program in Global Health Studies
- Changing/dropping your major or minor