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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 25% 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.

International Students
Countries Represented
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:


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, virtual advisement and scheduled appointments

News & Events



Web-in Wednesdays for International Students

12:00 PM
Join OISS advisors on Zoom on Wednesdays from 12pm-4pm to ask an international student advisor quick questions. Please n...

OPT Q & As

12:00 PM
This question and answer session is for F-1 international students interested in pursuing work authorization in the U.S....

F-1 & J-1 Student Travel Signature Event

9:30 AM University Library, 1970 Campus Drive
F-1 & J-1 students can obtain a travel signature on their Form I-20 or DS-2019 if they are planning international travel...

News & Announcements

USCIS announces fee increase to certain immigration benefit requests to go into effect April 1, 2024

February 21, 2024

USCIS has announced that certain fees, including the I-765 application fee for Employment Authorization and I-539 application fee to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant status, will increase on April 1, 2024. Learn more and see the new fee schedule from USCIS.

New online OPT Course - now required for OPT requests

January 10, 2024

Read full details and learn how to access and complete the course on the OISS OPT webpage.