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)

 Off-Campus Housing   Transportation & Parking  


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

Nour LaswiNour Laswi

Program: Arab Studies MA
Home Country: Jordan
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.


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 new 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 PhD 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 resturants in the DC area!