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International Student & Faculty Office 
Williston Hall, 406

Phone: (815) 753-1346
Fax: (815) 753-1488
Email: isfo@niu.edu

Hours: 8-12 pm & 1-4:30pm

Closed for lunch 12-1pm

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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.


Immigration Telephone Scam

Over the course of less than a week, we have been made aware of a couple cases of fraudulent phone calls made to students by individuals posing as USCIS immigration officer in regards to their current immigration status. These individuals are asking for personal information (SSN, passport number, addresses, etc…), money transfers in order to correct the record and threatening students with immediate deportation back to their home country.  If you or anyone you know receives a phone call from such an individual, please make sure to hang up immediately and DO NOT give out any personal information over the phone.  USCIS and other government agencies will NOT call you to ask for any forms of payment to be made (whether it is a transfer or an over the phone payment) or anything personal (passport number, date of birth, SSN, etc…) regarding your case. They will send you a letter in the mail if there is anything that needs immediate action or will update your case status online with what you may receive in the mail. If you are a victim of this telephone scam, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission (https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1). You can also call USCIS and your local police department to report the fraudulent phone call and provide them with the phone number that it came from. Contact ISFO immediately if you receive anything that you suspect is fraudulent.

Life After Graduation Powerpoint now available online

If you were not able to make it to the Life after Graduation workshop or if you want a copy of what was discussed, the powerpoint is now available here. Please contact ISFO if you have any questions regarding employment after graduation!

Celebrate Bilingualism and earn credits. Click on the image below to find out more information.

Celebrate bilingualism

Fall 2015 New International Student Orientation Information 

For all new undergraduate and graduate international students starting at NIU in August 2015, orientation will be held from Monday, August 17, 2015 trough Friday, August 21, 2015.  Check-in will be on Monday August 17 at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in Holmes Student Center at 8:30 a.m.

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
  • Spring 2015 Powerpoint Presentations can be found here.
  • Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; honor society for international education