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International Students + Scholars

Benedictine University is pleased to welcome international students from all regions of the world!

International Programs and Services is proud to provide services to international students and scholars from a variety of countries including, but not limited to: Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, India, Libya, Mexico, Spain, Tanzania and Vietnam. IPS provides immigration advising services for students, but can also provide students and scholars general assistance in navigating American higher education culture. International students have numerous reporting requirements, and we encourage you to navigate our site for important forms and information.

International Programs and Services

Our office provides immigration advising including, but not limited to, the following services:

  • Term Registration
  • Travel Signatures
  • Authorized Reduced Course Load
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Authorized Vacation Terms
  • Change of Status Information

International students seeking advising for the above must set up an appointment so your Designated School Official (DSO) may provide you the correct information based on your current immigration status and enrollment.

In Lisle

Contact [email protected] or (630) 829-6342 to set up an appointment.

In Mesa

Contact [email protected] or (602) 888-5500 or (602) 888-5502 to set up an appointment.

students with Lisle mascot Ernie the Eagle

International Student Registration Deadlines

International students studying under an F or J visa must be registered for each academic term. For undergraduate, graduate semester and students in the intensive English Program (IEP) this process occurs each semester. For graduate students pursuing a degree on the quarter system this occurs each quarter.

Some students have the misconception that International Programs and Services (IPS) must only register you in SEVIS when you arrive for your first term, but immigration regulations require that students are registered each term. US Visa Regulations require all F-1 and J-1 students to maintain their SEVIS status.

All international students are required to be registered within 30 days of the term start.

Students who are not registered will be in violation of their status.

All international students MUST complete the student health form.

For SEVIS registration and updates - click here

Why Benedictine University?

Academic Excellence

Benedictine University offers numerous programs that meet STEM requirements. Students who graduate with a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree are eligible to extend their Occupational Practical Training.

Benedictine’s broad-based liberal arts program creates well-rounded students because the University believes that even if students pursue a career in science, they should be able to read, write and speak well. Our graduates are CEOs, Ivy League professors, scientists, high school educators and pioneers in solving global issues.

Benedictine teachers are committed and accomplished. In our friendly environment where the average class size is 17 students, our faculty know you by your first name. Faculty frequently are honored with grants, fellowships, and awards. Academic advisors and career counselors help students develop academic plans, discuss internship opportunities and explore career possibilities.


Family and Friends

Letter of Invitation Request 

Are you planning on graduating or would like to have your family visit you?  You can request a letter of invitation from International Programs and Services to help them obtain their visitor’s visa.  Please e-mail [email protected] two months prior to their planned visit.

Lisle Campus
International Programs + Services
[email protected]
(630) 829-6342

Mesa Campus
International Student Services
[email protected]
(602) 888-5500
(602) 888-5502