International New Student Orientation

The International New Student Orientation (I-NSO) program provides an introduction to Georgetown for all new undergraduate, OGE exchange, SFS-Q and transfer students entering Georgetown in F-1 or J-1 visa status each fall. I-NSO is a half-day orientation program hosted by the Office of Global Services (OGS) and provides a thorough introduction to the U.S. academic system, U.S. immigration regulations, U.S. health insurance, and the culture of the United States.

All I-NSO sessions on Friday, August 25th are MANDATORY for students in F-1 or J-1 status to attend, and missing the required sessions could jeopardize one's immigration status. 

Freshmen and transfers attend I-NSO on the afternoon of Friday, August 25th directly after move-in, then go on to attend the general university-wide New Student Orientation (NSO) program with their international and domestic classmates for an introduction to life as a student at Georgetown. 

I-NSO is required for all international undergraduate exchange, SFS-Q, and transfer students who will enter the United States in F-1 or J-1 status for the fall 2017 semester. Students in F-1 and J-1 status are automatically registered for I-NSO and charged a $36 new student orientation fee. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus no later than the morning of Friday, August 25th for the designated move-in time. It is recommended that students plan to arrive the day before move-in or earlier to ensure a smooth transition to campus. For a list of local hotels with discounted rates for Georgetown students, click here

**U.S. Citizens, Dual Citizens and Permanent Residents who live abroad are not automatically registered for I-NSO.  All Non-F-1 or J-1 visa holders who wish to attend I-NSO must click here to complete the registration form by Friday, June 30th 2017. If you have questions, email

Fall 2017 Move-In 

Freshmen, OGE Exchanges, SFS-Q & Transfer Students: Morning of Friday, August 25th (Times TBD by The Office of Residential Living)

Move-in is managed and coordinated by the Office of Residential Living. Students will receive detailed instructions about move-in procedures from the Residential Living in August. For more information, please review the new student move-in page on the housing website at Students must move in on their designated move-in day. Unfortunately, requests for early move-in cannot be granted.

Fall 2017 I-nsO Schedule-at-a-glance

Friday, August 25th (ATTENDANCE is MANDATORY)

  • Lunch & Learn with Ambassador Groups
  • Immigration & Compliance Session
  • Academic & Cultural Adjustment Session
  • Sessions on Employment and Health Insurance
  • Welcome Reception with President John J. DeGioia

Saturday, August 26th

  • Exchange & SFS-Q Student Breakfast
  • Campus Tour
  • Information & Services Fair
  • Words of Wisdom Student Panel
  • President's Picnic

Sunday, August 27th

  • Religious Services
  • Hoya RealTalk

Monday, August 28th

  • Language Placement Testing
  • I-NSO Snack Break
  • Pluralism in Action

Tuesday, August 29th

  • Open Houses
  • Welcome Back Jack BBQ
  • International Student Experience Reflection

**This schedule is not final and all events are subject to change. All students will be emailed a final schedule in August.**

Download the latest schedule here.

International Parents

We understand that parents are concerned for the safety and well-being of their children during their undergraduate experience in the United States. The OGS staff takes pride in the care given to all international students and provides a variety of non-academic support services throughout the academic program to ensure adjustment to life in the United States and the University.

Parents and family members who will travel to the Washington area for orientation should plan for family outings a few days prior to the start of orientation as students will have little free time once orientation begins. Parents are also encouraged to attend the Parent & Family Orientation Welcome Session coordinated by NSO on Saturday, August 26th. A special session hosted by OGS for international parents will be offered on Friday, August 25th.