International Students

Northwestern is proud to welcome students from around the globe.

What is International Student Orientation (ISO)?

International Student Orientation (ISO) is a mandatory five-day program for new international students beginning September 8.  When students arrive on campus, they should go directly to their residence halls to formally check in.

ISO offers specialized prep for Wildcat Welcome experience and beyond by focusing on:

  • Visas, immigration, and health insurance
  • US academic culture
  • Northwestern traditions and student life
  • Introduction to Evanston and Chicago

ISO will also allow time for making new friends and settling in, and include activities for parents and families.

Register by August 1 at the International Office's website. More information about obtaining your F-1 or J-1 can also be found on the International Office's website.

*Students who identify as international first-year and transfer students or US citizens who have lived abroad may benefit from this orientation.

Your International Peer Advisers

Over the summer, students will be in contact with their international peer advisers, who will answer questions and interact with them via Facebook, a student blog, email, and more. Students will also receive monthly ISO newsletter and New to Northwestern, from April through September. After ISO, all international students will participate in Wildcat Welcome.

*If you wish to participate in a POPtrip that precludes your ISO attendance, please call or email the International Office before the August 1 ISO registration deadline.