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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.

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



Open Office Hours with HR Foreign Tax Team

12:00 PM International Student and Scholar Services, 630 Dartmouth Place
International students and scholars  employed by Northwestern University or those receiving a scholarship/fellowship fro...

OPT Workshop

10:00 AM
This workshop is for F-1 international students interested in pursuing work authorization in the U.S. through Optional P...

Make-up International Student Orientation (Virtual)

3:00 PM
This program is intended for newly arrived F-1/J-1 international students who were unable to participate in the in-perso...

News & Announcements

Northwestern's most diverse undergraduate class ever!

September 19, 2023

The Class of 2027 is Northwestern’s most diverse class ever, and one of the most international. President Michael Schill and University leaders offer words of wisdom and encouragement to new students as the new school year begins. Read the full story.

Career Fairs at Northwestern

September 20, 2023

NCA-Sponsored Career Fairs are next week!

  • Day 1: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    Location: Virtual Career Fair hosted on Handshake
  • Day 2: Thursday, September 28, 2023
    Location: Norris University Center
Connect with employers from a variety of industries.  Open to all Northwestern undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni. Learn more.