International Students

Northwestern is proud to welcome students from around the globe.

What is International Student Orientation (ISO)?

With a focus on matters like immigration and medical insurance, as well as advice on acclimating to US academic culture and life in Evanston, ISO is the mandatory orientation program that Northwestern provides for incoming international students before Wildcat Welcome. Registration for ISO is required and available through August 1. Go to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website to register, learn more about ISO’s content, and get instructions for obtaining an F-1 or J-1 student visa.


Register at the Office of International Student and Scholar Services's website. More information about obtaining your F-1 or J-1 can also be found on the Office of International Student and Scholar Services's website.


*Students who identify as international first-year and transfer students or US citizens who have lived abroad may benefit from this orientation.

Your International Peer Advisers

Over the summer, international peer advisers—Northwestern sophomores, juniors, and seniors with previous ISO experience—interact with incoming international students via email, a blog, and Facebook. Students also receive the monthly ISO e-newsletter, New to Northwestern, from April through September. After ISO, all international students participate in Wildcat Welcome.


If you are unable to attend ISO because of participation in a concurrent Pre-Orientation Program, please call or email the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. Note that ISO’s social activities will be optional during the 24-hour period that begins at sundown on September 18 to allow flexibility for students observing Yom Kippur.