Welcome to the OISS

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services provides advising services and supportive programs to Northwestern’s international students and scholars.  Read more about our mission, vision & values

Contact our Office

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) has moved primarily to working remotely (online & by phone). 

Evanston Campus: 630 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208

Chicago Campus: CLOSED

Phone Number: 847-491-5613

Email Address: intoff@northwestern.edu

Admissions Email Address: intadmit@northwestern.edu

Exchange Visitor Request Address: evrequest@northwestern.edu


Evanston In-person Office Hours: 


We are open from 10 AM to 1 PM on Tuesdays through Fridays at 630 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208.

If you would like to learn more about this very important day, I welcome you to refer to the content from the City of Evanston and The Daily Northwestern.


Contact your Advisor


Incoming students: Please go to the OISS Portal page and look at the new student information. You must activate your NetId in order to sign in. If you have questions, email intadmit@northwestern.edu.

Current Students: Advisors are assigned as follows. Please email your advisor with questions! WE AIM TO RESPOND WITHIN 3 BUSINESS DAYS (WE ARE CLOSED ON WEEKENDS). Walk in hours are temporarily suspended. OISS advisors are working and available via phone and email. You can also schedule an appointment with your advisor on the OISS portal.

  • Last names beginning with:
        A-B, K: Taya Carothers
        C-J:  Stephanie Cisneros       
        M-V, Lit - Lz: Angelica Garcia-Fisher           
        W-Z, La - Lis: Ryan Radebaugh
        Kellogg MBA, MBAI, & MMM students: Adam Blough      
        Kellogg EMBA students: Stephanie Cisneros  

Scholars or Departments: Contact your scholar advisor : Theresa Johnson, Cara Lawson, Ariana Drule, Jennifer Mok



Online OPT Applications:


Students can now file OPT I-765 Applications ONLINE. 


Document Pick-up/ Shipping:


The OISS is open for document pick-up in Evanston on Tuesdays and Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM.

If you would like a friend or family member to pick up the document on your behalf, fill out the Document Release Form. They will need to bring this form and an ID to collect your document(s).

If you would like your document shipped to you, register and pay with eShipGlobal here

**Request a Reprint of your I-20 or DS-2019. When making the eShipGlobal request,  choose TRAVEL as the reason in the dropdown menu.


Students Waiting for OPT EAD Cards


International students must have their OPT EAD (Optional Practical Training Employment Authorization Document) card before working on OPT.

The current OPT processing time is about 4 to 4.5 months. You can track your application status here using the number on your OPT receipt notice. 

If the OISS is your mailing address, we will email you when we receive your EAD card.  If you do not hear from us, please check your SPAM for emails from intoff@northwestern.edu.


OPT Online Workshop
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
J-1 Orientation
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM