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More than 6,000 international students, exchange visitors, and scholars study and conduct research at Northeastern each year. As a valued member of our global community, you enrich the intellectual life on our campus and advance cross-cultural understanding among faculty, students, and alumni.

International Student & Scholar Institute (ISSI)
The staff of the ISSI provides advising on immigration related issues, and oversees SEVIS compliance and related federal regulations, ensuring that you maintain lawful student status. ISSI issues visa-eligibility documents (forms I-20 and DS-2019), serves as a liaison for sponsored international students, and coordinates seminars on topics that range from employment and co-op to intercultural issues.

The ISSI organizes and supports a wide variety of intercultural programs that recognize and celebrate our diverse body of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The result is a true home-away-from-home experience for our international community.

Whether you would like to meet others from your corner of the world, are seeking advice on acculturation, or need help navigating an immigration issue, you will find passionate staff members to assist you.

Find out more about the ISSI here.

For further guidance in obtaining an F-1 Student Visa, please see this F-1 Visa Guide, provided by Northeastern's International Student and Scholar Institute. 

Orientation Program
The ISSI offers a series of events and activities designed to assist in the transition to the United States and the Northeastern University community. You will have many opportunities to meet your fellow classmates, learn from each other’s experiences, find assistance with immigration issues, get help settling in, and learn about the culture and history of Northeastern, Boston, and the United States. All international participants are required to attend the ISSI Orientation in January

Required forms for enrollment in Boston
There are certain required forms that will enable you to get the visa eligibility document (I-20) necessary to enter and study in the United States with proper nonimmigrant student status. For more information, please refer to this page.