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Welcome to the International Student and Faculty Office

We're very glad you have chosen Northern Illinois University! All of us in the Division of International Affairs are happy to meet you and graciously treasure the cultural heritage you bring to NIU.

The staff of the International Student and Faculty Office is here to help you transition to NIU and help you throughout your experiences.

The purpose of this website is to provide students, faculty, and staff with useful information about our office and how we can help answer any questions you have.


Airport Shuttle Available for Newly Admitted International Students Only

If you are a newly admitted undergraduate or graduate student, we have airport shuttle service available for you to bring you from O'Hare Airport to NIU. If you would like to reserve your spot on a shuttle, you can fill out the request form by clicking on the following link: (Fill out a request here).  

Fall 2014 International Orientation Information 

For all newly admitted undergraduate and graduate students, you can find more information about the Fall 2014 Orientation at the following link:

Master of Science in Management Information Systems is now a STEM Degree

The OM&IS Department and ISFO are pleased to announce that the Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) in the College of Business has been approved as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designated degree program by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months.  Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program are eligible for an addition 17 months of OPT Extension.  

Both departments are very excited about the opportunities for current and future international students who graduate from this program!!

Resources for Students

  • Airport Shuttle service is offered throughout the summer term. Fill out a request here.
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education Award
  • Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; honor society for international education