International Students

Northwestern is proud to welcome students from around the globe.

International Student Orientation (ISO) is a mandatory five-day program for new international students. With its focus on the acclimation process and practical matters such as visas and health insurance, ISO offers specialized prep for Wildcat Welcome experience and beyond. Register by August 1 at For information about obtaining your F-1 or J-1 student visa, go to the International Office's website.

ISO participants-a group that includes international first-year and transfer students, US citizens who have lived abroad, and other student who may benefit from the orientation-arrive on campus on September 8 and go directly to their students residences to formally check in.

In addition to providing vital information about immigration, US academic culture, and Northwestern traditions and student life, ISO will introduce students to Evanston and Chicago, allow time for making new friends and settling in, and include activities for parents and families.

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, 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.