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Preparing for Arrival

Prepare for your move by acquiring housing, necessary immunizations and health requirements, and more. Explore all of our pre-arrival resources. 

Before You Leave

Take the steps to obtain on-campus or off-campus housing and fulfilling health requirements, including getting immunizations and student health insurance. 

COVID-19 Vaccine - No longer required for most students

Northwestern announced on April 26, 2023 that it will no longer require the COVID-19 vaccination for most students. All related registration holds have been released. The COVID-19 vaccination will still be required for students in most clinical programs to comply with clinical site requirements. 

Plan Your Arrival

F-1 and J-1 students may not arrive to the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date listed on the F-1 I-20 or the J-1 DS-2019.  This requirement, as well as the student check-in and orientation dates, will need to be considered when arranging travel. Lean more about:

Learn about immigration documents

Learn about student visas, the Form I-20 and DS-2019 before you arrive on the Understanding Immigration Documents resource section.

Upon Arrival

Within 5 days of arrival to the United States, new and transfer F-1 & J-1 students must complete the tasks outline on the Arrival Checklist for New Students.