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.  ***Registration coming soon!***

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

  • International Student Resource Fair
    • September 7, 12 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, 1:30-4:30 pm
    • September 18, 1:30-4:30 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
    • Time and date TBD
    • 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.


Check in schedule Fall 2018

At the International Office

 Mondays in August: August 6      2 - 4 pm  

                                August 13    2 - 4 pm   

                                August 20    2 - 4 pm   

                       and   August 27    2-4 pm      

             Tuesday September 4   9:30 - 4 pm

             Monday September  10  2 - 4 pm

             Monday September  17  2 - 4 pm

             Monday September  24  2 - 4 pm