Mission, Vision and Values


The mission of the International Office is to enrich the academic and cultural experience of Northwestern’s international students, visitors, employees and families.

The IO advises and supports the university’s international community; educates and collaborates with campus partners; and liaises with relevant government agencies.

We advocate on behalf of our populations to promote global educational exchange in support of the university’s strategic plan.


The IO aspires to increase the visibility of international students, employees, visitors and families to enrich the broader campus community.


Accuracy & Consistency
We follow processes and provide advising services consistently, thoroughly, and accurately.

Diversity & Inclusion
We respect cultural differences and the multiple dimensions of our populations’ identities and cultivate an inclusive environment.

The IO is committed to providing a clear, unified, and accurate message to our constituents.

The IO is dedicated to providing development opportunities to create excellence, increase competence, and establish each team member as a valued asset.

The IO is committed to establishing ties among the Northwestern community in pursuit of common goals.

We believe in individual responsibility and organizational accountability to achieve expected results and outcomes.

The IO is committed to providing the highest quality of service to equip our constituents for overall success.

Ethical Practices
The IO is committed to the fair and impartial application of all university policies and state and federal regulations.