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. 

ISO 2019 schedule and more information: coming soon!


ISO is free to attend and there is no ISO fee.  Your meals during ISO will either be planned by The Office of International Student and Scholar Services or by your International Peer Advisors (IPAs), and occasionally may require cash.


Students participating in ISO are being granted early move-in to their permanent (or academic year) residence halls on the first day of ISO. Students moving in early will be billed by Housing at a negotiated per night rate. Students receiving Northwestern financial aid will have this housing fee covered. Students registered for ISO should have received information about early move-in via email. If you have questions, please email e-torres@northwestern.edu.

Can I stay with my parents in their hotel? We will leave this up to you, but encourage you to fully participate in ISO. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will likely be interested in helping you set-up your room on-campus, and if it’s not ready for you to sleep in, go on and stay in the hotel!

International Parent Orientation

Parents and families are encouraged to attend ISO, and the schedule is flexible to the point of allowing ample time to spend with your student. Parents and students will kick-off orientation together, and then separate sessions have been planned with the parents in mind. Come join in the fun, and be sure that your student has indicated that you are attending when he or she registers.

While we cannot help parents secure a B-1/B-2 visa for entry into the U.S., upon successful ISO registration, each student will receive an emailed confirmation with an attached letter inviting parents to attend ISO. This letter may be useful in securing a visa if required.