OPT Workshop

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop

For students graduating Spring 2018, you will need to sign up and attend a mandatory OPT workshop. This workshop is intended to provide graduating students all the important information in regards to OPT as well as go over the application process and answer lingering questions. Students will need to attend one workshop, in full (no coming late or leaving early), and only after attending the workshop will they be able to turn in the OPT packet and be recommended OPT from ISFO advisors.

Students will need to email isfo@niu.edu with their Full name, Z-ID, choice of date and tells us when you are graduating (Spring 2018 or Summer 2018). This will be on a first come, first served basis; therefore, if a workshop becomes full, you will receive an email to choose a different date. Summer 2018 graduates should attend the workshops later in the semester, such as April at the earliest.

You will receive an email to confirm your attendance to a workshop and then we will email you a few days prior to the workshop date with a reminder email that will include the location of the workshop. See dates and times below that are available for choosing. There are limited spots for each dates.


Tuesday February 6th: 2:00 - 3:30 CLOSED
Thursday February 8th: 12:30 – 2:00 CLOSED
Wednesday February 14th: 1:30 to 3:00 CLOSED
Thursday February 15th: 10:00 - 11:30 CLOSED
Wednesday February 21st: 1:30 - 3:00 CLOSED
Friday February 23rd: 1:30 - 3:00
Tuesday February 27th: 12:30 to 2:00

Wednesday March 7th: 1:30 – 3:00
Thursday March 22nd: 2:00 – 3:30
Friday March 30th: 10:00 - 11:30

Tuesday April 3rd: 2:30 – 4:00
Wednesday April 11th: 12:30 – 2:00
Thursday April 19th: 2:30 to 4:00
Friday April 27th: 10:30 - 12:00

Tuesday May 1st: 12:30 to 2:00
Thursday May 3rd: 1:30 to 3:00
Monday May 14th: 2:30 – 4:00
Wednesday May 16th: 1:00 – 2:30
Tuesday May 22th: 12:30 – 2:00
Wednesday May 23rd: 2:00 – 3:30

June - Limited Capacity for each session
Thursday June 7th: 12:30 – 2:00
Wednesday June 13th: 1:30 – 3:00
Tuesday June 19th: 1:30 – 3:00
Thursday June 28th: 1:00 – 2:30