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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 is no longer available for Fall 2014

We are no longer allowing students to make requests for the airport shuttle as we have reached the deadline.  If you already requested a shuttle pick-up, you should have received an email confirming your spot on the shuttle already and will be receiving an email with more information regarding time and location of pick-up in a follow-up email. If you will be needing transportation from O'Hare airport to NIU, please click here for a list of taxi and limousine services you can call to arrange transportation.  

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

  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education Award
  • Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; honor society for international education