students who accept the offer of admission from the Kellogg School
of Management will need to apply for a visa to study in the United
States. They should apply for this visa as soon as possible.
All Fall 2013 enrollees must submit their I-20/DS-2019 Requests
to the International Office by June 1, 2013.
The Graduate School at Northwestern University provides a nice introduction for international students on their Web site regarding services and English language and cultural programs, housing, and other issues concerning matriculation:
Office at Northwestern University assists students and faculty with
the visa process. The first step would be to visit the International
Office’s Web site. Once on this site, you want to access the
link for “New Students” and complete the I-20/DS-2019 Request
Form (available March, 1, 2013). This website also outlines
the differences between a J-1 and F-1 Visa.
When entering information into the request form, in the
section that requests the “Program,” make sure you select “The
Graduate School (TGS):PhD” in the dropdown menu. Do not
select any programs from “Kellogg,” which are tied to MBA study.
The PhD Program at Kellogg falls under the Graduate School at Northwestern
form, along with a pdf/scanned copy of your Kellogg offer letter
documenting your financial support, should be sent by
e-mail to the International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once this form
is received by the International Office, processing time for the
visa documents is about 10 business days or two weeks. Please
note, the earliest you can enter the country is August 13, 2013.
The program start date is universally set for graduate students
and that date is September 12, 2013. You can enter the country
30 days before. Although Math Review starts Tuesday, September
3, we cannot change the program start date any earlier to accommodate
Math Review students.
Current US Visa Holders: If you are currently
enrolled in a college/university in the US, have recently graduated
from a college/university in the US, or completed or are completing
a period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training
(AT), you must transfer your SEVIS record to Northwestern University.
To initiate your transfer, ask your current (or previous) institution’s
International Student Advisor to complete the Transfer Form
for Northwestern. The International Office
will not accept an I-20/DS-2019 Request for a student transferring
unless the student completes and includes the Transfer Form for
Northwestern with the request. The student must indicate
a “SEVIS Release Date” on the Transfer Form which will
inform the International Office when they will be given access to
your SEVIS record. Processing time for current visa holders
will be 10 business days from the SEVIS Release Date.
Any questions regarding the I-20/DS-2019 process can be directed to Susan Jackman, Administrative Director, Office of Doctoral Studies, Kellogg School of Management. She can be reached by telephone at 847-491-2832 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The International Office at Northwestern has a great deal of information helpful to new students, so you are strongly encouraged to visit their website.