Graduate International Student Orientation

The International Office (IO) is pleased to invite all incoming international graduate students to the 2014 International Graduate Student Orientation, to be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. This year's orientation will be held on the Evanston campus at the McCormick School of Engineering's Technological Institute located at 2145 Sheridan Road (MAP). 

The one-day program includes rotating sessions and concludes with a Welcome Reception at the Hilton Orrington.

Schedule/program for Orientation 2014

Schedule and program for Graduate International Student Orientation 2014

G-ISO basics

Session topics

  • Your F-1/J-1 Student Status in the U.S.
  • Academic Culture in the US/At Northwestern
  • Current Student Panel
  • American Slang and Customs

At the end of the orientation program, there will be a Welcome Reception at the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston. Registration is required.

Immigration check-in sessions

Student may complete the Immigration Check-In process at G-ISO.

U.S. immigration regulation states all F-1 and J-1 visitors attending Northwestern are REQUIRED to "check-in" at the Evanston International Office or our Chicago Office  within five days of your arrival on campus or at a predetermined check-in session. Another opportunity to check in occurs at the annual Graduate School Research Fair.

Please bring the following with you for check-in: 

Please note: All incoming international students will have a registration hold (which prohibits a student from enrolling in classes) until he/she has checked in the International Office.

Program-specific orientations

In addition to the general orientation, we have also given separate orientations for the following graduate programs:

  • McCormick School of Engineering
  • Medill - Integrated Marketing Communications
  • The Law School
  • Feinberg School of Medicine

Please check with your school for dates.