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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.


Spring 2015 New International Student Orientation Information 

For all new undergraduate and graduate international students starting in January, the Spring 2015 powerpoint presentations from Monday morning office presentations as well as Thursday's Employment and Money matter session. Click on the Programs and Events tab on the left and look under New Student Orientation.

College of Business to offer SAP Workshop

The College of Business will offer SAP certification workshop to undergraduate, graduate students, and NIU Alumni in Summer 2015.  Click here to read more details on the workshop, including costs and registration process.

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

  • Attention Students! College of Business offers SAP Workshop!
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education Award
  • Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; honor society for international education