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Advising Services & Appointments

Your International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) advisor can assist you with questions related to your F-1 or J-1 immigration status, cultural adjustment, navigating campus resources and referrals to university services.​

F-1 and J-1 Student Advising Appointments

​ISS is currently operating virtually. ISS Advising is being offered by Zoom, telephone and email. Your advisor is assigned based on the first letter of your last name. Click here for instructions about how to join a Zoom appointment. 

Virtual ISS Front Desk & BlueStar Appointment Scheduling

Current and enrolled students can schedule an appointment with their assigned ISS advisor by using the BlueStar system. BlueStar allows you to search for available appointment times and self-schedule or cancel an appointment with your ISS Advisor.

​​LOG IN​ to BlueStar through Campus Connect
CLICK HERE​ for a 4-step ​guide to scheduling BlueStar appointments. 
CLICK HERE to view a 6 minute BlueStar Scheduling Tutorial. 

Prospective, future and former students (including students on OPT/STEM) can schedule an appointment by contacting the Virtual ISS Front desk at The Virtual ISS Front Desk is open Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Fridays 9:00 am -12:00 pm. 

Zoom Open Advising: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm 

Open advising is available through Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm To join a Zoom advising session select the link from your Advisor's schedule below. When you arrive in the Open Advising room you will be placed in the waiting room. Your advisor may be assisting another student when you arrive but your advisor will be with you shortly. During high traffic times we may not be able to assist every student during open advising and encourage you to schedule an appointent through BlueStar. 

COVID-19 Precautions

The DePaul community is vaccinated and we strongly encourage the same for all campus visitors. Participation in in-person ISS advising, events or programs requires students and visitors to follow DePaul community health and safety practices which including masking for all students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Students who wish to bring visitors to advising appointments will need 

Students with last names beginning D-P
Ms. Ewa Pawlak

Appointment type     
How to schedule
​Monday through Friday 
Log into BlueStar
Monday through Friday
Former/Non-enrolled students
Virtual front desk to schedule
Tuesday & Thursday
​Zoom open advising

Students with last names beginning A-C & Q-Z
Ms. Jill Nyhof

Appointment type How to schedule
​Monday through Friday
Current/Enrolled students​Log into BlueStar​
Monday through Friday Former/Non-enrolled students
Virtual front desk to schedule
Tuesday & Thursday
Zoom open advising

J-1 Research Scholar/Professor Advising Appointments

All J-1 research scholars/professors are advised by Ms. Ewa Pawlak. To schedule a 30-minute appointment with Ewa Pawlak, please contact the ISS Virtual front desk at

Resources for Dependents

Many international students and scholars are accompanied by their spouses and children while studying at DePaul University and are a welcome part of our community.​ Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible for dependent visas.  We hope the following resources and activities will provide you with opportunities to connect with the DePaul community.
F-2 Highlights: 
  • Dependent spouse or child of F-1 student. 

  • Eligible dependent spouses or children are issued their own I-20 documents. 

  • F-2 dependents may travel independently of their F-1 spouse or parent

  • F-2 dependents are eligible to study part-time. 

  • F-2 dependents are not eligible to work in the U.S. 

J-2 Highlights: 
  • Dependent spouse or child of J-1 student or scholar. 

  • Eligible dependent spouses or children are issued their own DS-2019 documents.

  • J-2 dependents may travel indepenently of their J-1 spouse or parent.  

  • J-2 dependents are eligible to study part or full-time. 

  • J-2 dependents are eligible to apply to USCIS for work authorization (see an ISS Advisor for details). 

F-1 and J-1 visa holders: To discuss your eligiblity to bring dependents to the United States and to request dependent documents please schedule an appointment with your ISS Advisor. Additional information about bringing dependents to the United States can be found at Study In the States.
F-2 and J-2 dependents  interested in studying English or finding a language partner to practice English may wish to seek admission to DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA). The ELA is an intensive English program that offers a comprehensive approach to academic English instruction focusing on language skills, university academic and social life, and contemporary American culture. ELA class sizes are small and are taught by expert instructors. ELA also offers conversation partners through the University Writing Center and pronunciation workshops. Being involved at the ELA can contribute to your sense of community at DePaul. 

More information about ELA including the application process, can be found at the English Language Academy website. 

  • F-2 dependents may enroll part-time at the ELA,
  • J-2 dependents may enroll part or full-time. 
  • For more information about the benefits and restrictions of your dependent visa status please see an ISS advisor
Global Engagement offers a number of ways to be involved on campus and in the community. F-2 and J-2 dependents are welcome and encouraged to participate in engagement and volunteer activites. A comprehensive list of Global Engagement programs as well as opportunities to be involved on campus and in Chicago can be found HERE. We've highlighted a few programs below that would be great ways to get involved and build connections right away: 
Are you a dependent spouse or child of a DePaul student or scholar? Are you interested in forming a social group for other dependents? Contact and we can help facilitate a social gathering for dependents by providing space to meet and outreach to the international student and scholar community. 

Resources for Undocumented Students

DePaul University takes a strong and public stance in support of undocumented students in line with its core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. Please CLICK HERE to access resources for undocumented students. 

Zoom Open Advising

Have a quick question? ISS offers walk-in advising on Tuesday and Thursday for quick 5 to 10-minute questions.

No appointment is required for open advising and students will be seen on a first-come first-served basis by your ISS advisor. To join an advising session click the link on your advisor's schedule. 

Zoom Open Advising hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10am-12pm