International Student Orientation and Check-In

International Student Orientation

Meet new students, learn about important F-1/J-1 visa rules, learn about campus resources and ask questions.  

We have separate orientation sessions for undergraduate and graduate students.  

All international students and parents are also invited to more orientation week events:

  • International Student Resource Fair
    • September 7, 11 am-2 pm @ Norris University Center
    • Meet key campus and community offices, plus cell phone providers, banks, Social Security and more!
  • Bed Bath & Beyond shopping trip
    • September 7, 2-5 pm
    • Free roundtrip transportation to large home goods store to help you set up your dorm room or apartment.  10% discount on everything + prizes, snacks and personal shoppers to answer your questions
  • Football 101
    • September 13, 10 am-12 pm @ Lakeside Field
    • Learn the rules to American football, watch a practice and meet Coach Fitzgerald and the Northwestern Wildcats football

Immigration Check-In

All F-1 and J-1 students are REQUIRED to "check-in" at the International Office within five days of your arrival on campus or at your predetermined check-in session (such as an international student orientation session).  This is required by U.S. federal law.  

All incoming international students will have a registration hold placed on their records.  This means you will not be able to register for classes until you check in at the IO!

Check-in requirements

1. Please bring the following original documents with you for check-in: 

  • I-20 or DS-2019;
  • Biographical page of passport;
  • F-1 or J-1 visa stamp

2. Download and complete the International Student Check-In Form.

3. Be ready to provide a complete U.S. address.