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For International Trainees

This page highlights resources available to help international postdoctoral trainees transition to life in the United States and navigate work and life at Northwestern. International trainees seeking additional resources to find community and support their families during their appointments should browse other pages in this section.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs also regularly organizes events of interest to the international postdoc community. Please check the Announcements page of this website or the OPA Wire for more information.

Office of International Scholar and Student Services (OISS)

OISS provides programs and support for Northwestern’s international postdocs and serves as the central point of contact for all issues related to visas, immigration, and taxes. A guide to transitioning to life at Northwestern and the United States, including information on housing, transportation, and shopping, can be found in their International Student and Scholar Handbook.

English Language Programs (ELP) at Northwestern

Since 1982, the Graduate School has partnered with the Department of Linguistics to offer free English-language services to international scholars. ELP, which include group classes, language testing, individual tutoring, and one-on-one advising, help international postdocs improve their ability to communicate in the lab, the classroom, and beyond.

International Postdoc Survival Guide from the National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association provides a guide to the postdoc experience in the United States, including a guide on visas, taxes, and a list of international fellowships and grants.