Office of International Programs
Int'l students

International Students

Providing quality in education

International Student Services

Northeastern Illinois University values the role played by the international students on our campus. International students contribute to the diversity of the Northeastern community and enrich the educational dialogues in our classrooms. Making international students feel at home is our goal. Toward this end, the staff of the Office of International Programs is committed to provide the highest quality of services to international students.

Important Reminders

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Optional Practical Training(OPT) You may apply for OPT 60-90 days before the end of your last semester; or, if you're concerned that you may not complete your degree requirements for some reason, you may wait and apply for OPT within 60 days of graduation. Applications received by the USCIS after the 60 day grace period will be denied.
OPT Instructions

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Curricular Practical Training(CPT) 30 business days before the end of the term preceding the semester in which you wish to engage in CPT.CPT MUST BE Credit bearing.
CPT Instructions
CPT Advisor's Form


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Less than full-time enrollment before your last semester; the Request for less than Full-time enrollment form is availabe by clicking here or in the OIP


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For your advisor's signature AT LEAST 5 BUSINESS DAYS before you plan to travel outside the U.S.A. Don't forget to bring your I-20 to the Office Of International Programs