Welcome to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services provides advising services and supportive programs to Northwestern’s international students and scholars.  Read more about our mission, vision & values

Contact Your Advisor

Incoming students: Please go to the OISS Portal page and look at the new student information. You must activate your NetId in order to sign in. If you have questions, email intadmit@northwestern.edu

Current Students: Advisors are assigned as follows. Please email your advisor with questions! WE AIM TO RESPOND WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS (WE ARE CLOSED ON WEEKENDS).

Last names beginning with:

A-B: Taya Carothers

C-J:  Stephanie Cisneros  

K-N:  Emlyn Torres     

O-W: Angelica Garcia-Fisher           

X:  Taya Carothers  

Y:   Angelica Garcia-Fisher  

Z-Zha: Stephanie Cisneros       

Zhe - : Emlyn Torres    

Kellogg MBA/MMM students: Adam Blough      

Kellogg EMBA students: Stephanie Cisneros      


You can schedule an appointment with your advisor here. 


Scholars or departments: Contact your scholar advisor. 


Contact our Office

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) has moved to working remotely (online & by phone) only. Following the University’s decision to begin conducting remote classes, we have decided to close our physical office locations until further notice. We are in a position to carry on with much of our work remotely and believe strongly in doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. OISS staff are still available via phone and email should you require assistance.

Evanston Campus: 630 Dartmouth Place  
Phone: 847-491-5613
Fax: 847-556-6006

Monday - Wednesday 9:30 - 5 pm 
Thursday  10 - 5 pm
Friday  10 - 4:30 pm


Walk in hours are temporarily suspended. OISS advisors are working and available via phone and email. You can also schedule an appointment with your advisor on the OISS portal.


You do not need to make an appointment to see or speak with an advisor during walk-in/phone-in advising hours!

You may make an appointment directly with your advisor for times outside of walk-in/phone-in hours. Please contact your advisor.


Chicago Campus: 710 N. Lake Shore Drive Abbott Hall Suite 305
       For scholars: Tuesday 9-1 and 2-4
       For students: Wednesday 9-1 and 2-4

Email Address:

Admissions Email Address: 


Document Shipping: register & pay here: eShipGlobal

**Request a Reprint of your I-20 or DS-2019  BEFORE making the eShipGlobal request. you will choose TRAVEL as the reason in the dropdown menu.

Students Waiting for OPT EAD Cards

The current OPT processing time is about 4 to 4.5 months. You can track your application status here using the number on your OPT receipt notice. 

If the OISS is your mailing address, we will email you when we receive your EAD card.  If you do not hear from us, please check your SPAM for emails from intoff@northwestern.edu.

News & Events


Northwestern currently plans to offer both in-person and remote classes this fall. Since there will be a number of in-person classes, we are hopeful most international students will remain eligible to study on campus, and we will be taking steps to help ensure that our international students are in compliance with the new policy. 

We are grateful for all that our international students bring to our community, and Northwestern remains committed to supporting them in every way possible. A Wildcat is a Wildcat, no matter their nationality.

-Kathleen Hagerty, Interim Provost and Professor


The OISS is working to develop clear international student policy for the fall. More details are coming soon!



Taxes are due JULY 15th!  Please below for more information:

  1. 2020 Tax Workshop Presentation
  2. Tax Workshop ZOOM Recording


International Student & Scholar Handbook

Employer Guide: for companies hiring international students

Caution: USCIS, Tax & FBI Scams


OPT Online Workshop
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM