Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society: Zeta Gamma Chapter

close-up of Phi Beta Delta medals

Welcome to Zeta Gamma! We're the NIU chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an international honor society. Phi Beta Delta raises awareness of the importance of international experiences in higher education. It helps connect those on campus who are involved in international programs and recognizes their achievements. Our members include international and U.S. students, scholars, faculty and staff. We welcome you to join us!


Faculty, Staff and Scholars

If you're a faculty or staff member, or a scholar, you can either apply or be nominated for membership. When considering new members, we look for active involvement in international experiences, including the following:

  • Teaching overseas or teaching courses with an international focus.
  • Conducting research overseas or research on international topics.
  • Participating in overseas projects.
  • Administering study abroad or exchange programs.
  • Developing international programs.
  • Providing courses or services to international students and scholars.


If you're an undergraduate, graduate or international student, you can either apply or be nominated for membership. You'll need to meet credit hour and grade point average (GPA) requirements in order to qualify.

Minimum Credit Hours at NIU
Academic Level Credit Hours
Undergraduate 30
Graduate 12

Exchange students: If you have an outstanding academic record at your home institution, you're not subject to the credit hour requirement.

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average at NIU
Academic Level Cumulative GPA
Undergraduate 3.20
Graduate 3.50

U.S. students and lawful permanent residents: You must have successfully completed a credit-bearing study abroad program through NIU or participated in a prestigious international fellowship such as MIRT, Fulbright or Marshall.

International (nonimmigrant) students: You must hold a nonimmigrant visa and demonstrate interest and commitment to international understanding at NIU.

Current Zeta Gamma Officers

President: Anne Hanley

President-elect: Eric Jones

Past President: Jeanne Isabel

Secretary: Sarah Lindell

Treasurer: Barbara Stark

Chapter Coordinator: Sarah Lindell

Student Vice President: Parisa Torkinejad Ziarati

Student Vice President: Rothsethamony Seng