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International Visiting Students

Visiting Students

International Students

International students who wish to attend Northwestern University's Summer Session as visiting students may enter the United States on a J-1 or an F-1 visa and must register full-time. Full-time status is a minimum of three classes, equivalent to three units of credit.


Summer 2021 Registration is now closed.

Materials received after this date will not be considered.

Registration Materials

International students must submit the following materials to the Summer Session Office by the deadline above:

  • Registration Form: Form will be available January 25, 2021.
  • You must review and agree to the Change of Registration Policy and the Academic Integrity Policy (outlined below) before registering.
  • Tuition Deposit: Only check or money order forms of payment are accepted for the non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 per course. Check or money order should be made out to: Northwestern University. Checks must be drawn on a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars. Please include the student’s name on the check or money order.
  • Official proof of English language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, and DET are accepted. While there is no minimum score required by Northwestern, applicants demonstrate a high level of English proficiency and often score in the high range on all four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) of the TOEFL, or receive IELTS band scores in the highest three bands on the overall and individual scores (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).            

Send all materials to:
Summer Session
Northwestern University
405 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60208-4220

What happens next?

You will receive an email notification of your permission to register and instructions on how to request your visa.

You will then contact the Northwestern University International Office to apply for a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (for an F-1 or J-1 visa respectively) and submit all financial documents specified in the I-20/DS 2019 Request Form; failure to submit proper documentation delays the visa process. These forms are available on the International Office page. Follow the link to "New Students/Student Visa Information" to access the form.

After your registration form and payment are processed (which may take up to 5 business days), you will receive a paper confirmation. If the courses you have chosen are closed, you will be notified by phone and may choose an alternate course. Please make sure the contact information on your registration form is accurate.

The Office of Student Finance will issue a bill for the balance due. The Office of Student Finance does not accept VISA as a form of payment, and students will be charged a 2.75% processing fee for all credit card payments on the balance. If you have questions regarding billing and payments on your balance, please contact:

Office of Student Finance
555 Clark Street
Evanston, Illinois, 60208

You are responsible for fulfilling your financial obligations to the University. Students whose University accounts are overdue must pay a late payment fee of $100 and may not be given an academic transcript until all financial obligations are paid in full. The Director of Student Finance may cancel or prevent the registration of a student whose bills are past due.

Health Insurance and Requirements

Health Insurance

ALL international students must purchase the University sponsored health insurance plan from Aetna Student Health. There are NO exceptions to this policy. The cost for the Aetna Plan can be found on the Northwestern Health Services website.

Entrance Health Information

Prior to arrival on campus, international students must also submit an Admission Health Record Form to prove that they meet the entrance health requirements mandated by Illinois law and Northwestern University. Please visit the Northwestern Health Services website for links to frequently asked questions concerning the entrance health requirements and to access necessary forms.

New Student Checklist

Complete all steps found on the New Student Checklist for visiting students.

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