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Office of International Student 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.

4020
International Students
124
Countries Represented
1082
International Scholars

Getting Started

Learn about visa options and the application process.

Student Employment

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:

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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 12 - 4 PM Monday through Friday. We continue to provide services online and via phone.

News & Events

Events

Dec
8
2022

J-1 Scholar Orientation

12:00 PM
This orientation program is for newly arrived international J-1 scholars. The program will cover essential information o...
Jan
25
2023

J-1 Scholar Orientation

12:00 PM
This orientation program is for newly arrived international J-1 scholars. The program will cover essential information o...

News & Announcements

COVID-19 updates for January

December 1, 2022
from COVID-19 and Campus Updates website

In a university announcement issued December 1, 2022, Northwestern provides an update on the COVID-19 landscape at Northwestern including the university guidelines that will apply upon return from Winter Recess. Read the full announcement here:

Covid-19 Updates

You are all Wildcats now

September 13, 2022

New and transfer students take symbolic first steps during Northwestern's "March Through the Arch 2022." Read more and watch the video.