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International Visiting Students

Visiting Students

International Students

International students who wish to register for in person courses as visiting students through Northwestern University's Summer Session may enter the United States on a F-1 visa. Students will be required to register full-time with a minimum of three courses.


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. This is the case for ALL course modalities, as the registration process for all classes cannot be separated. So even if you are only registering for online classes, you will need to complete the COVID requirements.

For both in person and online classes, International students must submit the following materials to the Summer Session Office at

  1. Registration Form (Registration form will be available April 3, 2023.)
  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 Period for in person courses: April 3, 2023 through May 5, 2023
*Registration Period for online courses: April 3, 2023 through  May 26, 2023

(*Materials received after this date will not be considered. Please note that some classes reach their maximum enrollment earlier in the registration period, so it is best to register early if possible.)

What happens next?

You will receive an email notification of your permission to register and instructions on how to set up your student account and pay your tuition deposit. Please provide a current email on your registration form. Note: Your tuition deposit must be received by the University  before you will be enrolled into your class(es).

For online classes: Once Northwestern has received your tuition deposit, the School of Professional Studies Registrar's Office will enroll you into your class(es). Classes will appear in your CANVAS account within one day of being enrolled.

For in person classes: You will receive confirmation once the University has received your tuition deposit and should contact the Northwestern University International Office to apply for a visa. You should begin the visa request as soon as you receive your confirmation to allow sufficient time for processing. Additional details can be found on the Office of International Student page.

Once your visa has been approved, the School of Professional Studies Registrar's Office will enroll you into your class(es). If your courses are closed, you will be notified by email and may choose an alternate course. Please be sure the contact information on your registration form is current and accurate.

If you do not need Northwestern University to sponsor your visa, we will need you to confirm that your current visa allows you to take courses at Northwestern University in the summer.

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 taking in person classes are required to have health insurance throughout the duration of their studies at Northwestern University and participation is mandatory unless visiting scholars are able to provide evidence of coverage that meets the University’s minimum requirements and is approved by the Office of Risk Management.

Northwestern University Visiting Scholar Plan (VSP) will be offered by Cigna Studywell/Cigna Global Health Benefits and administered by Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS).  The individual coverage rate is $7.26 per day.

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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