International Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation is for all newly admitted graduate and undergraduate international students. As a new international student at NIU, you must attend orientation prior to the start of your first semester. At orientation you will meet other students who are new to or currently attending NIU. Orientation will answer many questions you might have and will save you significant confusion.

Orientation for international students starts one week before classes begin and continues through the entire week. During this very important week we will provide you with valuable information about how NIU operates.

Orientation Topics

  • Registering for classes
  • Meeting with your academic advisors
  • Learning about regulations pertaining to your immigration status
  • Getting an NIU student I.D.
  • Information on the university libraries, student health insurance, Health Services and more
  • Information on applying for a Social Security number (SSN)

All new students must report to our office before or during orientation week with visa, I-94, passport, I-20 or DS2019 and any other documents relevant to your stay in the U.S. There will be a hold on your student account that prevents you for registering for classes that will not be removed until you check-in with us.

Register for Orientation

When is Orientation?

Orienation will be held Monday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. outside the Carl Sandburg Auditorium located in the Holmes Student Center.

Do I need Health Insurance?

Depending on your visa type, you may be required to carry NIU Health Insurance. Find our more at Health Services.

Contact Us

International Student Scholar Services (ISSS)
Williston Hall

Phone: 815-753-1346
Fax: 815-753-1488

Office Hours

8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

If you need to meet with an advisor, please schedule your appointment by emailing