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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, telephone and scheduled appointments

News & Events



OPT Workshop for F-1 International Students

12:00 PM
This workshop is for F-1 international students interested in pursuing work authorization in the U.S. through Optional P...

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...

Tax Workshop for International Students and Scholars

5:00 PM
This online tax workshop will provide general tax information specific to Northwestern international students and schola...

News & Announcements

Now accepting applications for IPAs and Exec IPAs!

February 2, 2023

International Peer Advisors (IPAs) play an invaluable role in providing a successful orientation program for new undergraduate international students. OISS is now accepting applications for 2023 IPAs. This is a great opportunity to connect with and provide essential support for new international students while gaining valuable experience to add to your resume. Learn more and apply:

IPA Executive Board Application - must have served as IPA in previous year
Application deadline: Feb 12, 2023 at 11:59PM

IPA Application - must be current undergraduate student (international and U.S. applicants are welcome to apply)
Application deadline:  Feb 19, 2023 at 11:59PM