Orientation for International Students
International Student Orientation and Programming:
The Office of Global Services (OGS) organizes a mandatory orientation for international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa. Students will receive an overview of non-immigrant visa compliance requirements along with information and resources to support academic success, student life, campus safety, and cultural adjustment.
International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa should plan to arrive on campus no more than 30 days prior to the program start date on the I-20 or DS-2019 in order to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation and complete the mandatory Online Immigration Clearance. International Orientation dates will be listed on the OGS website.
Throughout the year, OGS hosts co-curricular programming that celebrates cultures and the rich diversity of campus. These events are encouraged as a way to gain familiarity with Northeastern in a cross-cultural context while also facilitating the formation of friendships across cultures.
U.S. citizens who have been living abroad are not required to complete OGS orientation sessions, but are welcome to participate in co-curricular events. For more information and to register, check the schedule of events on the OGS website.
For further details on the mandatory International Student Orientation, mandatory Immigration Clearance process, OGS academic services and cultural events, and for other information pertinent to international students, contact:
The Office of Global Services (OGS)
405 Ell Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115