Undergraduate International Student Orientation

September 10-13, 2019

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is excited to welcome the Class of 2023!  International Student Orientation 2019 (ISO 2019) is a program specifically designed for new or transferring undergraduate international students, exchange students, and U.S. citizens who grew up overseas. Part of ISO 2019 is an orientation for the parents/families of our new students. Parents/family members are encouraged to attend the International Parent Orientation. 


All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to check in after arrival at Northwestern.  

Here are the steps to check-in 

  1. Complete the online check-in through the OISS fortal 
    • You will upload a copy of your form I-20 or DS-2019, passport, F-1 or J-1 visa and I-94 arrival record 
    • You will learn how to update your U.S. address, phone number and emergency contact in the CAESAR system, which is required to check in 
    • You will learn about important immigration information 
  2. Update your current address, US phone number & emergency contact in CAESAR
  3. Attend International Student Orientation


ISO 2019 Schedule

Please see attachment for PDF schedule.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Move-in arrival day and airport pick-ups!
  • Evening: Meet your IPA group for dinner. Your IPA leader will contact you soon!


Wednesday, September 11, 2019:  Settle in and get organized day!

  • 10:00 - 2:00 PM: Bed Bath & Beyond Shopping Shuttles. (International students get 10% off!)
  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Get to know your library event @ Northwestern University Main Library
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM: OISS Open House @ 630 Dartmouth Place


Thursday, September 12, 2019: Chicago Trip Day!

  • Meet your IPA groups at designated time and place to explore Chicago!
  • 6:00 - 9:00 PM: Evening Bonfire at the Lakefill


Friday, September 13, 2019: Undergraduate International Orientation Day (Louis Room @ Norris)

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Student Arrival
  • 9:00 - 12:30 PM: Orientation
  • 12:30 - 2:00: Lunch (Provided) & Break
  • 2:00 - 5:00 PM: Optional Resource Presentations (on health insurance, career centers, student health, etc.) and Campus Tours in various languages.  


Saturday, September 14, 2019

   Weekend Activities with your IPA Group!






More information on housing for ISO student participants will be posted here shortly!  We will also post local hotel recommendations for parents and families.  


International Parent Orientation

September 11-13, 2019- more detailed schedule coming soon!

International Parent Orientation will include a welcome reception, information sessions for parents, campus tours and excursions in Evanston and Chicago.  

While we cannot help parents secure a B1/B2 visitor’s visa for entry into the U.S., we can provide a letter confirming a student’s participation in international student orientation. Please email intoff@northwestern.edu to request this letter.