Sunday, January 6 - Tuesday, January 8

OGS offers an orientation program of information sessions and social events for new graduate students entering the university in F-1 or J-1 status in Spring 2019. Interactive sessions focus on academic life, immigration regulations, health care, employment, and more!

All students in F-1 and J-1 status are required to attend all 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.

 Spring 2019 International Orientation Schedule (PDF)

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International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist

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. 

Pre-arrival Checklist (PDF)  Post-Arrival Checklist (PDF) 

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

Yousef AlessaYousef Alessa

Program: Microbiology & Immunology
Home Country: Saudi Arabia
Yousef Alessa is an advocate of global cooperation to deliver a better life around the world. Yousef’s journey in the United States started two years ago at the University of Pennsylvania. He improved his English as a second language and engaged in international and cultural activities. He holds a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory from King Saud University. Yousef is pursuing a master’s degree in Microbiology & Immunology at Georgetown University. He has high interest in Virotherapy, such as treating cancer cells by using viruses that target only tumor cells. He suggests that cancer will be an easy disorder to treat in the near future by using viruses.


Blank profile photoHusanjot Chahal

Program: Security Studies MA
Home Country: India
Husanjot Chahal is a graduate student in Georgetown University's Security Studies Program (class of 2019). She has worked in New Delhi-based research organizations exploring security issues in the South Asian region. Chahal is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and is also the SFS Junior Centennial Fellow at Georgetown. She holds a master’s degree in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.


Blank profile photoNour Laswi

Program: Arab Studies MA
Home Country: Jordan
Bio: Nour Laswi is a young professional born and raised in Amman, Jordan. She is doing her master's in Arab Studies at Georgetown and hoping to move into refugee crisis management and humanitarian aid. She is incoming Director of Programming in the Graduate Government for 2018-2019. She is also working as a Research Assistant in Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. She finished her undergrad with distinction in 2014 with a BSc in Banking and Finance and minor in Economics from the Lebanese American University. Nour also received the Rhoda Orme Award in LAU for her service and dedication to others. Volunteering is a crucial part to her way of living as she is an active member in several NGOs in USA, Jordan, and Lebanon, especially in Rotaract as she was Head of International Understanding back in 2012. For the past three years, she was working as a trader in Arab Bank. Part of her role was to analyze market trends; how political policies and events impact the market and predict the market’s movements.