Programs & Events

OIA is pleased to offer a variety of ongoing programs and virtual events to support and connect with international students from all academic divisions. Please see below for details & join us!

Winter 2022 Events

Spring 2022 Events

Ongoing Programs

Campus Partnerships

OPT Application Workshop

OIA will be holding an OPT workshops on the following dates:


OPT Drop-In Sessions

During these sessions, an OIA Advisor will meet with you 1-on-1 and address any questions you may have regarding the application process. No registration needed!

  • Monday, March 7: 10am – 11am via Zoom

  • Friday, March 11: 1pm – 2pm via Zoom

  • Tuesday, March 15: 9am – 10am via Zoom

  • Friday, March 18: 4pm – 5pm via Zoom

Asylum & Refugee Law - The Basics

Thursday, March 31, 4pm (Webinar) – Register Here!

Join the Office of International Affairs and UChicago Law School for this informative webinar! During this session, Nicole Hallett, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, will provide a general overview of overseas refugee processing, domestic asylum applications, and family reunification petitions. This event is open to the interested UChicago community. 

Nicole Hallett directs the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. Her academic research focuses on the intersection between immigration, labor, and employment law. In her practice, she specializes in creative lawyering through complex litigation and multi-pronged advocacy. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, The Nation, the Today Show, the Intercept, and the Associated Press, among other places.

OPT Application Webinars

OIA will be hosting several OPT workshops in coming weeks to help you prepare your OPT applications and answer any questions you may have about the process. See schedule and Zoom links below (no registration required):

  • Thursday, April 14 at 2:00pm - Join here!
  • Monday, April 25 at 11:00am - Join here!
  • Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00pm - Join here!
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00pm - Join here!

OPT Drop-In Sessions

We are offering OPT drop-in hours on Zoom for any questions specific to the OPT application process with USCIS. We encourage students with OPT application questions to join these rather than their adviser's regular QQA sessions if schedules permit. No registration needed!

  • Monday, 5/23/2022 @ 2pm-3pm - Zoom
  • Friday, 5/27/2022 @ 11am-12pm - Zoom
  • Tuesday, 6/7/2022 @ 10am-11am - Zoom
  • Thursday, 6/9/2022 @ 3pm-4pm - Zoom

Work Authorization Webinars with OIA + Career Advancement

International undergraduate students are invited to attend these webinars, during which advisers from Career Advancement & OIA will provide important information about who is eligible for off-campus work authorization and how to apply, OR what additional options to pursue if you are not yet eligible. These webinars are intended for international College students (undergraduates) only.  Additional information to come once available.


Global Mentorship Network

The Global Mentorship Network (GMN) is a collaboration between International House and the Office of International Affairs that aims to develop and facilitate a network of support for international graduate students at the University of Chicago. 

This year-long program connects graduate mentors with a cohort of new international graduate students. Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate at least once per month throughout the academic year, and with support from our offices, mentors will foster a sense of community and provide resources for their mentees. Through this collaborative cohort model, inclusive programming, and regular reflection and feedback, GMN intends to enhance the overall international student experience at the university. 

We are no longer accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 year. Please stay tuned for the following academic year if you are interested in participating in the future. 

International Student Support Space

Resilience in Diversity: International Student Therapy Group
This virtual therapy group is open to both undergraduate and graduate international students. It is a safe and confidential space to discuss topics related to return to in-person learning, cross-cultural adjustment, minority stress, academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and other important aspects of your life. Members have the opportunity to receive mutual support, form meaningful connections, and learn ways to foster resilience and self-care.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Yu-Yun Liu, PhD at

THRIVE Collective

THRIVE is a partnership with UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion, Student Counseling Services (SCS), Student Support Services (SSS), and the Office of International Affairs (OIA)  to provide emotional wellness related workshops for graduate students every quarter. 

Past workshops have included topics such as imposter syndrome and cultivating unconditional self-worth. These workshops are just some of the tools available for stress and mental health management. 

Visit the home page for more information. 

Check out this quarter's THRIVE event information