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ISFO Newsletter
Get the latest news from NIU's International Student and Faculty Office, tips
and resources for academics, visa status, jobs, NIU news, events, and more.

News, updates, resources and tips
Welcome New Spring 2015 International
We are very happy to welcome more than 100 new
International Students to NIU. That brings our total
International Student population to over 1000 with
more than 70 countries represented!


Williston Hall 406
Office Hours: Mon-Fri

8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30 
ISFO Webpage

ISFO Facebook
Advising Hours:
New Programming for International

Immigration advisors are
available for walk-in

We are currently planning recreational events for
International Students. Check the ISFO calendar on
our website or our Facebook to stay up­to­date on
events. We welcome any suggestions you have for
fun events for International Students.

advising Monday—Friday

Advertise your Student Org. Event  
Are you part of a student organization on campus?
Do you have any announcements or upcoming
events? If you email us, we can include your events
and announcements in the next newsletter. Let's
build a more inclusive and diverse campus together!

There are 1000+

Upcoming Events
International events on campus

from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Other times available by

ISFO Fun Fact:

International Students on
NIU’s campus and they

represent more than 70

Forms and Documents:
Find forms for updating
your personal information,
changing your major,
applying for CPT, program
extension, Social Security
and much more here.
Campus Resources:
There are lots of resources
on campus to help you

Tax Info Session ­ Wed. Feb 4th, 12­1 pm
And Thurs. Feb 26th, 12­1 pm
Holmes Student Center 406
Everybody loves taxes (not)! But they are important,
so if you have worked during the past year, come
find out what you need to know in order to properly
file your taxes.

succeed. Take advantage of
all the services NIU has to

ESL Center

Student Academic Success
NIU Access Tutoring

Counseling & Development
On Campus Job Search
NIU Mobile App:

Get the new NIU mobile
App to access campus
maps, transit info, news
and more. Get it here.

Like us on Facebook
Southeast Asia Club Spring Social Mixer
Feb. 4, 5­7 pm, Cole Hall Lobby
Join the Southeast Asia Club for food and music
during their Spring Social Mixer.

Chai Chat ­ Thurs. Feb. 5th, 5­7 pm
Campus Life Building 100
Drink tea, relax, converse. Join ISFO and the Center
for Counseling and Student Development for free
tea and snacks and light conversation. 

The ISFO team writes a
monthly newsletter for
International Students at NIU
in order to help them
understand and maintain
their visa status, succeed
academically at NIU, get
involved with campus and
community organizations and
make the most of their time at
NIU. Go Huskies!

Chinese New Year Chinatown Trip
Sat. Feb 14, 9:30­5:30
Take a day trip out to Chicago's Chinatown to gear
up for the Chinese New Year. All International
Students and friends are welcome, but space is
limited to first 42 students. Cost is $15. Email Liz at to reserve your seat ($15 will be
charged to your student account at time of
reservation). Only NIU students and staff allowed.

Southeast Asia Club Lunar New Year
Thurs. Feb 19, 6­8 pm; Cole Hall
Come on out and bring in the Lunar New Year. Open
to Campus and Community. See the flyer for the
schedule of activities. 

ISFO Bowling ­ Thurs. Feb 26 5:30­7:30pm
Huskies Den, Holmes Student Center 
Pay only $5 at the door to get unlimited access to
bowling and billiards. Bring your friends and meet
new ones. Everyone is welcome!

Edible Education Events
Multpile dates ­ see flyer
Enjoy a FREE lunch while learning more about how
to be a successful student! Everyone is welcome.
Bring a friend!

Job Corner
Work Regulations and Career Resources
OPT Application Period Opens Feb. 15th
Optional Practical Training is for students who have

graduated in good academic standing and grants
them one year to stay in the US and work in their
field of study. If you are graduating in May 2015,
you can start applying for OPT on February 15.
Come into our office to get the instructions.
On­Campus Work
Everyone can work on campus! Once you get an on
campus job, come to our office and we can help you
with the process of getting a Social Security Card.
Search for on campus jobs here. Remember, work is
limited to 20 hours per week.
Career Resource Center
Take advantage of this great campus resource
(Campus Life 235). You can attend free workshops
on resume building, interviewing and job searches.
Check it out here.
Do I need a Social Security Number?
If you have a job, you need a social security number.
For instructions on how to apply for a social security
number, read here. If you want a driver's license,
you either need a social security number ­OR­ proof
that you are ineligible for a social security number.

Student Spotlight
International Students and Alumni

Meet Jiang Yi aka Tina
Tina hails from Beijing, China and is a senior in the
field of Operations Management and Information
Systems (OMIS). She has worked on campus
throughout her time at NIU, and for the past two
years she has been a student worker in ISFO. Tina is
now in the stressful final semester, concurrently
applying to OPT, searching for jobs and trying to
stay on top of her full load of coursework. If she's
not at home or the 3rd floor of the library studying,
you may find her at her favorite American
restaurant, Noodles & Company. Her advice to
fellow international students is, "Don't be scared" ­
dare to meet new people and try new things!

Copyright © 2015 International Student and Faculty Office,  All rights reserved.

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