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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 visa. Please see requirements for in person courses below:


PLEASE NOTE: Northwestern University requires all students enrolled in Summer Session to be vaccinated (including boosters) or receive an approved exception to Northwestern's vaccination requirement.

International students must submit the following materials to the Summer Session Office at

  1. Registration Form 
  2. 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).     

*Registration Deadline for in person courses: April 1, 2022
*Registration Deadline for online courses: May 27, 2022

(*Materials received after this date will not be considered.)

What happens next?

You will receive an email notification of your permission to register, your NetID, and instructions on how to set up your student account. Please make sure the contact information on your registration form is current and accurate.

You will then contact the Northwestern University International Office to apply for a visa. You should begin the visa request process as soon as you receive your NetID to allow sufficient time for processing. All forms and additional details can be found on the International Office page. Follow the link to "New Students/Student Visa Information" to access the form . Under the "Academic Program" dropdown menu, please choose "SPS: Summer Session Program: x Weeks" for the number of weeks of your selected and approved course(s).

Once your visa has been approved, your registration form will be processed. You will receive an email with instructions on how to login and make your non-refundable tuition deposit. If your courses are closed, you will be notified by email and may choose an alternate course. Please make sure the contact information on your registration form is current and accurate.

The Office of Student Finance will issue a bill for the balance due. Northwestern has partnered with Flywire to streamline tuition payments made in international currency. Please view further details regarding tuition payments on the Office of Student Finance website. If you have further questions regarding tuition payments, 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.

New Student Checklist

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

Health Insurance and Requirements

Health Insurance

ALL visiting international students are required to have health insurance throughout the duration of their studies at Northwestern University, either through the Office of Risk Management or an alternative insurer that meets or exceeds minimum requirements.

Participation in the Northwestern’s Visiting Scholar Plan (VSP) is mandatory unless visiting scholars are able to provide evidence of coverage that meets the University’s minimum requirements and a waiver is filed and approved with the Office of Risk Management. The cost of the plan, along with further details can be found here.

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.


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