Orientation for International Students

The Office of Global Services (OGS) organizes year-round orientation and acculturation programming throughout the year for newly arrived international students and U.S. citizens from abroad. OGS’s International Student Orientation provides a unique forum for intercultural interaction and learning, with activities that include an “airport welcome,” cultural enrichment programming, information sessions, F-1 or J-1 international student advising, regional excursions, and educational seminars that bring a cross-cultural focus to topics such as academic success, student life, and the dynamics of diversity. OGS’s mandatory International Student Online Check-In process and orientation begin prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters, comprising several weeks of activities that provide international students (and others who have lived abroad) an opportunity to gain familiarity with Northeastern in a cross-cultural context while also serving to facilitate the formation of friendships across cultures.

International students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa should plan to arrive several days before the start of the semester as outlined in the OGS orientation schedule in order to attend the scheduled International Student Orientation program and complete the International Student Online Check-In process. All matriculating international students will have access to a preliminary schedule from the OGS prior to their arrival in the United States. Immediately prior to the start of the semester, the Office of New Student Orientation organizes mandatory orientation and academic advising.

For further details on the OGS International Student Orientation and Online Check-In process, and for other information pertinent to international students, contact:

The Office of Global Services (OGS))
405 Ell Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115