International Students

Students from around the world, welcome to Northwestern!

Because international students are working not only with Northwestern, but also with various financial institutions, your country's embassy, etc. the application process for international students can take up a full year. We encourage you to start the process early, and to complete step 1 as soon as possible.


Who is an international student?

An international student is one who wishes to attend college in the U.S. without residency or citizenship, typically on an F-1 visa.

Generally, this includes people who are: not U.S. citizens, not legal permanent residents or refugees, or dual citizens who completed their secondary schooling abroad.

NOTE: If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, please apply as a first-time or transfer student.

In the past, the average amount international students have needed to supply is approximately 75% of the total cost to attend Northwestern. The 2017-18 school year tuition, room and board, and other necessary expenses will be approximately $44,204. Therefore, 75% of that figure is $33,153. Expenses for the 2018-19 school year will be slightly higher. International Students have paid these expenses through personal funds, sponsorships, and outside scholarships.

Follow these steps to apply!


Financial Assistance

Most international students are not eligible to receive state or federal assistance. But you may be eligible to receive various forms of University of Northwestern aid based on the results of the International Student Financial Assistance Application.

International students may also qualify to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week.



Fall 2017 Semester:

July 3: Student has all paperwork completed and deposit paid
August 1: Final remaining balance paid
August 14-18: Student arrives in Minnesota and stays with host family
August 23: International Student Orientation
August 25: General Student Orientation
August 30: Fall classes start

Spring 2018 Semester:

November 1: Student has all paperwork completed and deposit paid
December 4: Final remaining balance paid
January 3-8: Student arrives in Minnesota and stays with host family
January 12: New Student Orientation
January 15: Spring classes start