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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

You may schedule a 30-minute appointment with your ISS advisor by calling the ISS front desk at (312) 362-8376.  If you have a quick 5 to 10-minute question, walk-in advising without an appointment is available on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Use the table below to find your advisor who is determined by the first letter of your last name. 

Last Name beginning with... Advisor
A - H Ms. Lindsay Kirwan​
I - O Ms. Ewa Pawlak
P - Q Ms. Tho (Annie) Nguyen
R - Z Ms. Jill Nyhof

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 front desk at (312) 362-8376.

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.

Adding a Dependent

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​.

English Language Instruction and Partners

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 Activities and Events

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: 

Leadership and Social Opportunities

​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. 

  • Walk-in Wednesdays

    Have a quick question? ISS offers walk-in advising on Wednesdays 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 an ISS advisor. 

    Walk-in Advising hours: Wednesdays 11am - 4pm