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Office of International Students 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 from 12 - 4 PM Monday through Friday. We continue to provide services via online and phone.

News & Events

Events

Jul
13
2022

OPT Workshop

12:00 PM
This workshop is for F-1 international students preparing to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is a 12-mo...
Jul
18
2022

J-1 Orientation

12:00 PM
Regulatory and resource orientation for new J-1 Exchange Visitors. If you have any questions, please email Ryan Radebaug...
Aug
17
2022

OPT Workshop

2:00 PM
This workshop is for F-1 international students preparing to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is a 12-mo...

News & Announcements

Student COVID-19 Updates for Summer

June 16, 2022
from COVID-19 and Campus Updates website

In a university announcement issued June 16, 2022, Northwestern provides an update on the University  approach to COVID-19. As the world adapts to the long-term nature of this pandemic, Northwestern will do the same. Even as we adjust our guidelines and resources this summer to match the current health landscape....

Covid-19 Updates

Fall Orientation

June 16, 2022

Check Fall 2022  orientation dates and details for newly arriving international students. Undergraduate students see ISO and graduate students see G-ISO