In addition to hosting individual visitors from partner institutions and ad hoc visitors interested in collaborations with Northwestern, IPD has increasingly become a central ‘clearing house’ for campus visitors. IPD reviews requests and makes decisions on which groups to host depending on timing, availability of faculty and administrators, and general interest of the visitor’s institution.
IPD also works with visiting scholars who are at Northwestern for a quarter, semester, or year, as well as exchange students. Each year, IPD hosts students from partner institutions around the world. Students enroll directly at Northwestern as full-time students for 1-3 quarters in almost any Northwestern department or school.
During the summer, IPD also supports various summer programs for international students to engage in Northwestern's academics and the local Chicago culture.