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) is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. We continue to provide services via online and phone.

Evanston Campus: 630 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208

Chicago Campus (Open Wednesdays 10 AM - noon and 1 PM -3 PM): Room 305, Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive

Phone Number: 847-491-5613

Email Address: intoff@northwestern.edu


Evanston In-person Office Hours: 


We are open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday at 630 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208.


Contact your Advisor - UPDATED 10/2021


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). OISS advisors are 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       
        L-S: Angelica Garcia-Fisher           
        T-Z: 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

The OISS After-Hours Contact phone number is the Northwestern University Police Department (NUPD): 1-847-491-3456 (from abroad: 001-847-491-3456).  Please use this number ONLY if you are denied boarding / entry into the US despite valid student/ scholar documentation, or you are detained at an airport or US port of entry. 



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 Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 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
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM