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      

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 from March 16-April 10. 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

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

Walk-in/phone-in advising hours

Walk in hours are temporarily suspended. OISS advisors are working and available via phone and email.


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

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


Northwestern University will conduct classes remotely for at least the first three weeks of Spring quarter, beginning March 31 for semester students and April 4 for all other students. We know that many of you are concerned about how this may impact your immigration status. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has issued new Federal guidance that allows schools to make exceptions to the in-person course requirements for international students due to the COVID-19 situation. Your immigration status will not be impacted by Northwestern’s decision to move to remote teaching and learning for the foreseeable future, but please remember that you are still required to be enrolled at Northwestern as a full-time student


We appreciate your patience as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Your health, safety, and immigration status are of utmost importance to us, and we urge you to regularly check Northwestern’s Coronavirus website and Frequently Asked Questions to stay informed of the most up-to-date guidance and recommendations related to COVID-19. We will also continue to closely monitor new COVID-19 related developments and share all information relevant to your immigration status with you directly via email. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your advisor.  


Taxes are due JULY 15th!  Join us online for our OISS Tax Workshops if you have any questions:


Thursday, March 26, 2020:


Thursday April 9, 2020

  • ONLINE: Details to Come



Apply here to be a Graduate Sidekick for G-ISO!

Apply here to be an International Peer Advisor for ISO!


International Student & Scholar Handbook

Employer Guide: for companies hiring international students

Caution: USCIS, Tax & FBI Scams

Northwestern message to Chinese students (06/07/19)

OISS Announcement Archive


OPT Online Workshop
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
OPT Online Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM