“All the lectures proved extremely helpful as I started as a beginner knowing nothing about policy debate. However, if I had to highlight some activities, it would be the practice debates with feedback, consistent speeding practices everyday, and mini CX practices” – 2022 Cherub
- Fill out and submit the initial NHSI Application
- Pay the $50 application fee
- Submit all required supplemental materials to the NHSI office
You will receive further information regarding the supplemental materials (debate record, coach’s letter of recommendation, and transcript) via email once you submit the initial application and application fee.
Students are responsible for arranging all travel to and from the Institute. The NHSI does NOT provide shuttle service. However, many cab companies offer flat rates to and from the airports.
Q: Do you offer Congressional Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum or Speech Events (IEs)?
A: No. At this time, we do not offer programs with curriculum specific to these events.
Scholarships and Financial Aid awards are determined by the Financial Aid Committee and are made based on financial need.
We encourage all students to look into outside funding options. Students should inquire with their school about Activities Funds, talk with the PTA, or local service clubs such as Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, or AAUW. Past students have also run successful crowd funding campaigns on sites such as Kickstarter and Go Fund Me. In Policy Debate, for students from Urban Debate Leagues (UDLs), they may apply for the Vincent J. Binder Urban Debate Scholars Award, which helps fund the summer Institute for UDL students.
Any hospitalization, emergency room, or immediate care visits must be covered by students’ own insurance and is not covered by the NHSI or Northwestern University. All students (residential, commuter, and international) must bring a Health Insurance Card and should carry it on their persons at all times.
International students also assume full responsibilities for securing any visas they may need to travel to the US, and to plan far in advance to do so. Debate Institute students are registered as non-degree so you should only need a standard tourist visa, however, you should check with your embassy to make sure as different countries have different requirements. The visa process may take a long time, please begin the process as soon as possible.
Additionally, international students will be required to provide a US cell phone number when checking-in to the Institute.
Students who identity as males and females will be separated by floors or by common areas. No student will be allowed in the room of a student of another gender.
All residences are air-conditioned and have common areas for students to socialize during appropriate hours. Faculty and staff live in and monitor the residence hall. All staff receives training from NU ResLife to be prepared to address common emergencies that may arise. NU ResLife provides a 24-hour Campus Security Guard for each residence hall on campus.