Our Role

The International Office strives to enrich the academic and cultural experience of Northwestern’s international students, visitors, employees, and families.

  • We advise and support the university’s international community.
  • We educate and collaborate with campus partners.
  • We liaise with relevant government agencies.
  • We advocate on behalf of our populations to promote global educational exchange in support of the university’s strategic plan.

Office vision and values


The IO aspires to increase the visibility of international students, employees, visitors and families to enrich the broader campus community.


  • Accuracy and consistency
    We follow processes and provide advising services consistently, thoroughly, and accurately.
  • Diversity and inclusion
    We respect cultural differences and the multiple dimensions of our populations’ identities and cultivate an inclusive environment.
  • Communication
    We provide a clear, unified, and accurate message to our constituents.
  • Professionalism
    We provide development opportunities to create excellence, increase competence, and establish each team member as a valued asset.
  • Collaboration
    We establish ties among the Northwestern community in pursuit of common goals.
  • Accountability
    We believe in individual responsibility and organizational accountability to achieve expected results and outcomes.
  • Service
    We provide the highest quality of service to equip our constituents for overall success.
  • Ethical practices
    We fairly and impartially apply all university policies and state and federal regulations.