Welcome to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services

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 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 2 BUSINESS DAYS (WE ARE CLOSED ON WEEKENDS).

Last names beginning with:

A-B: Taya Carothers

C-J:  Stephanie Cisneros  

K-N:  Emlyn Torres     

O-W: Angelica Garcia-Fisher           

X:  Taya Carothers  

Y:   Angelica Garcia-Fisher  

Z-Zha: Stephanie Cisneros       

Zhe - : Emlyn Torres    

Kellogg MBA/MMM students: Adam Blough      

Kellogg EMBA students: Stephanie Cisneros      

Scholars or departments: Contact your scholar advisor. 


Contact our Office

Evanston Campus: 630 Dartmouth Place  
Phone: 847-491-5615
Fax: 847-556-6006

Office Hours: 
Monday - Wednesday 9:30 - 5 pm 
Thursday  10 - 5 pm
Friday  10 - 4:30 pm

Walk-in/phone-in advising hours
Monday-Thursday 1-4 pm

You do not need to make an appointment to see or speak with an advisor during walk-in/phone-in advising hours!

You may make an appointment directly with your advisor for times outside of walk-in/phone-in hours. Please contact your advisor.

Chicago Campus: 710 N. Lake Shore Drive Abbott Hall Suite 305
       For scholars: Tuesday 9-1 and 2-4
       For students: Wednesday 9-1 and 2-4

Email Address:

Admissions Email Address: 


Document Shipping: register & pay here: eShipGlobal

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

Students Waiting for OPT EAD Cards

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.

News & Events


Tuesday, February 18th @ 10:30 AM

Friday, February 21st @ 11:00 AM

Monday, February 24th @ 11:00 AM

Friday, February 28th @ 11:00 AM


Taxes are due April 15th!  Come to one of our OISS Tax Workshops if you have any questions!

Date Time Place
Thursday, March 5th 6 PM to 8 PM Norris Center Wildcat Room
Thursday, March 26th 2 PM to 4 PM Norris Center Wildcat Room
Thursday, April 9th 10 AM to 12 PM Norris Center Wildcat Room

International Student & Scholar Handbook

Employer Guide: for companies hiring international students

Caution: USCIS, Tax & FBI Scams

Northwestern message to Chinese students (06/07/19)

OISS Announcement Archive

J-1 Orientation
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
J-1 Orientation
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
OPT Workshop
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
OISS Tax Workshop
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
OPT Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM