Undergraduate International Student Orientation


International Student Orientation (ISO) will begin September 11.

What will you do at online ISO?

  • Meet new international students, International Peer Advisors (IPAs), and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) team.
  • Understand how to maintain your F-1/J-1 immigration status.
    • Learn the benefits and restrictions related to obtaining an F-1 or J-1 visa.
    • Be aware of the services OISS offers to ensure maintenance of your F-1/J-1 visa status.
  • Learn about academic culture and student life at Northwestern.
  • Begin to develop your community at Northwestern.


Look here for the 2021 ISO SCHEDULE!


ISO Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nuiso2021

ISO Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/northwesterniso/


COVID-19 Vaccination Form

  • Northwestern announced on May 12 that a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students, faculty and staff are required to follow policies, protocols and guidance designed to protect everyone’s health. All students must: 
    • Complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Form by July 12 to register for classes
    • Submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Form either to report your vaccination or to request an exception so that you can arrive and receive your vaccine on campus. 
    • Students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to abide by safety standards and comply with heightened COVID-19 testing, masking, symptom monitoring and quarantine/isolation protocols. 

Travel Planning

  • New International Undergraduate students can move-in to the Residence Halls to begin International Student Orientation on September 11, 2021. 
    • Class registration will take place virtually (online) prior to orientation on September 9-10. You will receive more information from your academic department to prepare. International students have the option to move-in on September 8 if you prefer to be in the U.S. and on campus for class registration. 
    • Students will be charged a $50/day early move-in fee. 
    • Students receiving financial aid will not be required to pay this fee. 

All F-1 and J-1 with an initial I-20 or DS-2019, including transfer students, are permitted to enter the United States 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your document.