New and continuing international students and scholars should consult the COVID-19 FAQs for the latest requirements and protocols.
Office of International Students and Scholar Services
Advising and supporting Northwestern’s international students, faculty, staff and scholars
By the Numbers
International students make up 20% of Northwestern's student body and enrich the academic experience of all students by contributing to the cultural diversity of our campus. Each year, Northwestern also hosts hundreds of international scholars, who contribute to more than 20 disciplines.
Learn about visa options and the application process.
OISS helps students apply for off-campus work authorization (permission) during their academic programs (CPT) and after completing their degrees (OPT).
Learn more about eligibility, application procedures and processing times for:
Living in the US
Find guidance and resources as you adjust to life at Northwestern and the United States.
How can we help?
Advisors are available via email, telephone and scheduled appointments
OISS is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. We continue to provide services via online and phone.
News & Events
Information about current testing data, on-site and at-home testing, new guidance on masking, updated city mitigation expectations and more