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International Visiting Students

Visiting Students

International Visiting Students

International students are eligible to apply for online classes that are being offered through the Summer Session Program. Due to the structure of the Summer Session Program, we are not able to accommodate international students interested in taking in-person undergraduate credit courses.

If you are interested in registering for online courses, please submit the following materials to the Summer Session Office at

  1. International Student Registration Form
  2. Official proof of English language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, and DET are accepted. Summer Session requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or equivalent in IELTS or DET.

*The summer registration period for online courses is April 8, 2024 through June 7, 2024.

(*Materials received after June 7, 2024 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.)

Next Steps:

  • You will receive an email from the School of Professional Studies Registrar’s Office regarding your course enrollment.
  • PAY YOUR TUITION DEPOSIT: Your tuition deposit must be received by the University before you will be enrolled into your class(es).
  • Activate your NetID
    Your NetID is your electronic identity at Northwestern. Many systems and records will require a NetID, including email and access to grades and transcripts. You must activate your NetID before you can use it. Instructions on how to activate your NetID will be included with your registration confirmation letter. For additional support or questions on NetID activation, please contact: NUIT Support Center;; (847) 491-HELP (4357)
  • Set up your Northwestern email account
    Once you activate your NetID, you can set up your Northwestern email account, also known as your account, and start using it for email, calendars, Google Sites and Google Docs, spreadsheets and presentations. All official communication from the University will be sent to your Northwestern email account, and students are expected to check their Northwestern email for messages. You do have the option of forwarding your Northwestern email to a different email address. Visit to log in to your Northwestern email, and for account options.

Changes in Registration

Please note: Summer Session tuition is billed per class. This creates specific policies regarding drop and withdrawal dates and how this might affect your tuition refund. BE SURE you understand the drop/withdrawal policies for summer before making any changes.

Please review the enrollment summary you receive closely. Students who register for a course are considered enrolled for the duration and are expected to attend all sessions of the course for which they are registered. Excessive absences do not signal a student’s intent to drop or withdraw, and may be cause for failure in the course. If a student does formally drop or withdraw, the student is responsible to pay any tuition balance on the account, according to the refund schedule determined by Northwestern University Student Financial Services. See the Tuition and Fees page for instructions on adding and dropping classes, policies and refund provisions.

Tuition and Billing

The Office of Student Finance will issue a bill for the tuition 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

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.

Grade Reports and Official Transcripts

Grade reports are available on CAESAR one to two weeks after the final class meeting. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for further details.

They can also be reached at:

Academic Integrity

Northwestern University students and faculty are committed to scholarly principles that respect and acknowledge individual achievement. As such, certain behaviors are viewed as unacceptable, including cheating, plagiarism, falsifying or fabricating information, and aiding or abetting academic dishonesty. Students who violate these principles are subject to penalties, including course failure and dismissal from the University. More information on academic integrity is available here.

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