Sunday, August 18 - Tuesday, August 20

OGS hosts a mandatory orientation program of information sessions and social events for new graduate students (including graduate exchange students) entering the university in F-1 or J-1 status in Fall 2019. Interactive sessions focus on academic life, immigration regulations, health care, employment, and other topics critical to student success at Georgetown.

All students in F-1 and J-1 status must attend all required orientation sessions in order to remain in legal status. Students in F-1 and J-1 status are automatically registered for orientation and charged a $50 international orientation fee regardless of whether or not they attend the optional events during the program.

 Off-Campus Housing   Transportation & Parking  

Schedule of Events (PDF)


International Student Pre- & Post-Arrival Checklists

Being organized and prepared before you leave home will make your arrival much easier! Below you will find a checklist of tasks to complete before and after your arrival at Georgetown. Remember that your academic departments and programs may require additional tasks to be completed so be sure to read all information you receive from Georgetown University. 

Fall 2019 Pre-Arrival Checklist  

Are you a new international student enrolling a program at the School of Continuing Studies (SCS)? If so, SCS orientation information may be found on the SCS Admitted International Students website.

IGO Coordinators

Shruthi RajkumarShruthi Rajkumar

Program: Security Studies MA
Home Country: India
Shruthi is a graduate student in the Security Studies Program and is concentrating in Terrorism and Substate Violence. She has research and consulting experience, primarily focused in Indian foreign policy. She has worked on issues pertaining to India’s maritime security, concentrating on the geopolitical implications of Sino-Indian rivalry. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Journalism and Digital Media. As a resident of DC, she is busy exploring its quaint bookstores, is always on the lookout for the best doses of caffeine, and trying her hardest not to freeze in its cold.


Zeinab (Sima) SahaekiZeinab (Sima) Sahaeki

Program: Chemistry MS
Home Country: Iran
Sima is a promising graduate student in Georgetown University’s Chemistry Department. Not only was Sima born and raised in Iran, but she also completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Sharif University of Technology. Upon graduation, Sima moved to Washington, DC to pursue her Ph.D. studies at Georgetown University. As a DC resident, Sima enjoys walking around the colorful neighborhoods of Georgetown, Glover Park, and Chevy Chase. In her spare time, Sima also enjoys staying active at the gym and trying new restaurants in the DC area!