ELS DeKalb is located 100 kilometers west of Chicago on the main campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. DeKalb is a family-friendly and safe city with a low cost of living, complete with seasonal outdoor activities and the charm of a small city. The excitement, culture, and opportunities of Chicago are easily accessible.
A dynamic university community featuring a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, with over 300 student clubs and organizations active on campus and numerous museums, cafes, and recreation centers all situated within green spaces and connected by the NIU Huskie bus system, which also serves the city of DeKalb and can take students to local supermarkets and shops.
The people of the American Midwest are famous for their warmth, openness, and hospitality, and at the homes of the host families of ELS DeKalb students find out why. Many of our host families work at or have connections to Northern Illinois University and the international student community. DeKalb and close neighbor Sycamore offer many beautiful residential neighborhoods with well-maintained houses and well-groomed lawns. In the spring and summer, families enjoy cookouts, sports, and outdoor games. In the fall, it's fun to walk among the trees with their leaves changing color, and in the winter there are snowmen to build and snowball fights to win or lose and cozy hearths near which to warm up.
Cost per Session
14 meals per week
Student Residence (On Campus)
ELS students staying in Neptune Hall enjoy the following amenities at no additional charge:
Student Art Gallery
Music practice rooms
Wi-Fi with high-speed internet access in every room
24-hour computer lab
Community Safety Center
Full service cafeteria
After-hours snack bar
Cost per Session
No meals included. Students will have $50 added to their NIU student accounts (OneCard) each session.