Start of Main Content

Welcome to Kellogg

We look forward to welcoming you to campus and will do our best between now and then to ensure you are fully prepared for your exchange term.

Over the next few months, you will receive detailed information on visas, housing and course registration. We understand you are eager to plan your stay and are looking forward to welcoming you to campus. Please note, however, that onboarding takes a little time. Rest assured you will receive all necessary information with ample time to prepare. We appreciate your patience!

Onboarding timeline
Fall Term Exchange: September–December Winter Term Exchange: January–March Spring Term Exchange: April–June
Welcome email Mid-June Mid-September Mid-November
Visas Early July Early October Early January
Housing Mid-July Mid-October Mid-January
Course selection Mid-July Early November Mid-February


All exchange students coming to Kellogg are required to attend a mandatory orientation session, which will take place before classes begin. It is highly recommended that you arrive a few days prior to the orientation session in order to get acclimated to Evanston and settled into your living arrangements before classes start.

Orientation dates for Academic Year 2019–2020

  • Fall Term: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
  • Winter Term: Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
  • Spring Term: Friday, March 27, 2020

Visa Procedures

Discover what you need to apply for your visa.

Housing resources

Incoming Exchange Students have a variety of housing options to choose from.

Classes and registration

As an incoming exchange student, you will select your courses during an exclusive pre-registration period.


All incoming full-time international students will be enrolled in Northwestern University’s Aetna health insurance plan.

Campus life

Opportunities for involvement on campus range from social events to student conferences to sporting events.

JV and family resources

Partners at Kellogg are referred to as Joint Ventures (JV), and they are an important part of the Kellogg community.