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COVID-19 Updates

New and continuing international students and scholars should consult the COVID-19 FAQs for the latest requirements and protocols.

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Office of International Students 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

OISS is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. We continue to provide services via online and phone.

News & Events

Covid-19 Updates

January Return to Campus Data, Testing and Webinar

January 7, 2022
from COVID-19 and Campus Updates website

Information about current testing data, on-site and at-home testing, new guidance on masking, updated city mitigation expectations and more

News & Announcements

Winter Quarter Online OPT Workshops

January 4, 2022

Check the OISS Event Calendar for upcoming OPT Workshops. Or, view the slides from the OPT workshop.

Document Pick-up and Drop-off

January 4, 2022

The OISS is open for document pick-up in Evanston Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM.