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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

Walk-in Hours: 1-3 pm

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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.



OPT Workshop dates and times for Spring and Summer 2017 graduates now available!

All students graduating in the Spring or Summer 2017 must attend a Mandatory OPT Workshop prior to applying for OPT. The dates and times are available. The workshops are on a first-served basis and are marked closed when capacity has been met. Click here to see the list of dates and times for the OPT Workshop.

Thanksgiving Dinner recap

thanksgiving dinner with international students

Do you need to have a document mailed to you because a friend cannot pick it up on your behalf?

ISFO is providing students with a service that allows you to create and pay for a mailer so that ISFO can send you your documents via FedEx or UPS. E-ship global allows students to create and properly input their address so that ISFO can send the documents without getting lost in the mail. Click here and create an account and pay for a mailer. ISFO will receive notification of the creation of the mailer and will send your document to you.

Reduced Course Load in Final Semester - New requirements and form available now!

For students in their final semester and not holding a graduate/teaching assistantship, there is no longer a minimum number of credits necessary to be enrolled in.  In the past, undergraduate students needed to be enrolled in 6 credits and graduate students in 4.5 credits in their final semester to be approved the underload. The new rule is that you will need to be enrolled in the number of credits necessary to graduate in the final semester. You will need to print out the form and go to your academic advisor before you drop it off at ISFO. The form can be found in ISFO. If you have a graduate assistantship, you will need to receive the approval from the graduate school and also fill out ISFO's form!

NOTE: 1) If you will be enrolled in only one course,it cannot be an online course; 2) if you do not complete your coursework in that final semester and have been approved an underload, you will have to be enrolled as a full-time student in the following semester (Undergrads: 12 credits for Fall and Spring; Grads 9 credits for fall or spring semester and 6 credits for the summer for both Undergrads and Grads.

Resources for Students

  • Orientation powerpoints can be found here.
  • OPT STEM Extension update. Click here for more information.
  • Celebrate Bilingualism and earn credits. Click here to learn more.
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education Award
  • Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; honor society for international education