International Student Services

Checking in at the ISS

All international students and scholars are required to "check in" at the Office of International Students as soon as they arrive on campus.  The Office is located in the Student Union Building in the Cultural Center. 

Documents Needed at "Check In"

During the "check-in"  international students and scholars will be asked to complete a data sheet, and to show their:

  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure)
  • and either page 3 & 4 of your I-20A-B if you are an F-1 student
  • the pink copy of your IAP-66 (if you hold J-1 status)
  • or I-797 (notice of approval). 

J-2 dependents must also check in at the ISS, and F-2 dependents are asked to do so as well.  

Remember, all matters related to you are always kept confidential. No one outside the ISS staff will have access to your file. Please take care of "checking in" as soon as possible after your arrival to the United States.  Students must also purchase health insurance when they first arrive, and must sign up for the international orientation program.

Registration Hold Release

Beginning in 2003, each international student has a HOLD on their registration. You have to get the HOLD released before you can register for classes. A HOLD release form will be provided by the ISS staff only after they have reviewed your immigration paperwork, verified that you have completed the personal data sheet, and confirmed that your health insurance meets Lewis University’s requirements. For more information about Registration, click here.

Academic Questions

If you have questions about your academic program, you must consult with a counselor in your college or department. All students will need an "Authorization to Register Card" before they can enroll. You may also need to consult with your Academic Advisor through your department before registering.

Important Phone Numbers

  • All Emergencies: 911
  • Romeoville Police Department: 370-9444
  • Directory assistance: (815) 555-1212
  • Greyhound Bus Line: (800) 231-2222

Campus Area (815 area code)

  • Lewis University Public Safety-Emergency: (815) 836-5222
  • General Information- Campus Operator
  • International Students & Scholars Office: (815) 836-5635
  • Residence Life and Housing Services: (815) 836-5589
  • English as a Second Language: (815) 836-5556
  • Aviation Department: (815) 836-5434
  • College of Business Administration: (815) 836-5381
  • College of Education: (815) 836-5316
  • Criminal and Social Justice: (815) 836-5502
  • Nursing: (815) 836-5355
  • cience: (815) 836-5365
  • For other campus phone numbers, check the campus directory.