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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.


Income Tax Powerpoint available online

If you were not able to make it to both the Income Tax sessions, the powerpoint is now available under the Programs and Events tab on the left.  If you have any questions regarding which forms to file, please contact and make an appointment with our HR/Tax representative, Noor Harrison.

Take a look at the Calendar of Events for March!

Look under the Programs and Events tab to find the Calendar of Events for March.

Life After Graduation Workshop set for Friday, April 10th, 2015

Life 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