Advising - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures



All students majoring in foreign languages are strongly encouraged to see their academic advisor at least once per semester to plan their class schedules and monitor their progress toward graduation.

Incoming freshmen who have previously studied the target language are expected to take a placement exam in the target language.  Information regarding the testing procedure and upcoming test dates can be found here. Any questions regarding the placement exam should be directed to the appropriate language advisor.

Undergraduate Advisors  
Majors or Minors in French and Spanish, and Minors in Italian please contact:


Professor Linda Saborío
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Watson 118, (815) 753-6448

Advising Hours:
Monday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - Noon
Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Majors or Minors in German, and
Minors in Chinese, Classical Studies, Japanese or Russian:


Professor John Bentley
Assistant Chair
Watson 120, (815) 753-6451

Checklists for all majors/minors

Graduate Advisor
Professor Chris Nissen
Director of Graduate Studies
Watson 113, (815) 753-6444

Graduate programs in foreign languages