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Our Staff

Meet the OISS advisors, leaders, and administrators on this page. International students and scholars can find their assigned advisor on the Student Advisors tab or Scholar Advisors tab.

If you are an F-1 or J-1 international student, please find your advisor in the Student Advisors tab. Student advisors are assigned based on the first letter of your surname (family name) except for Kellogg master's level and exchange students.

International scholars are international visitors and employees, including faculty members, staff, researchers, post-docs, exchange visitors and short-term visitors. Scholar advisors are assigned based on the host department/school at Northwestern.

OISS locations and hours

Visit the Contact our Office page for Student Services Office and Scholar Services Office locations, phone numbers, and current office hours. 

Web-in Wednesdays

Meet with an advisor virtually - no appointment needed

Go to the Web-in Wednesdays section for information on how and when you can connect with an OISS advisor for virtual advising services.

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Cara Mitchell Lawson

Interim Director & Assistant Director of Scholar Services

Employment/Scholar visas for Buffett Institute for Global Affairs & NU staff including NUIT, APS, Library & Athletics
Legal Permanent Residency

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Schedule an appointment with Cara

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Jennifer Mok

Scholar Advisor

Employment/Scholar visas for Feinberg School of Medicine, Medill School of Journalism, School of Communication, and Office of Research Centers including ANSER, CBIE, CIERA, CLP, IIN, ISE, NAISE, NUANCE, Proteomics, Sleep and Circadian Biology, SQI, and Materials Research Center

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Schedule an appointment with Jennifer

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Elizabeth Cocke

Scholar Advisor

Employment/Scholar visas for Kellogg School of Management

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