International Student Orientation

We hope you are excited to begin your studies at Georgetown University. Below you'll find important information to help you prepare for your new adventure as an international student at Georgetown. We look forward to supporting and meeting you soon!

Dates & Requirements

All new international undergraduate and graduate students in F-1 and J-1 immigration status are required to attend the International Student Orientation program before beginning classes at Georgetown. Graduate students are encouraged to attend all sessions, in addition to two mandatory sessions on immigration compliance and cultural and academic adjustment. Undergraduate students are required to attend all orientation sessions on Friday, August 25th. 

Graduate degree & graduate exchange students:
Monday & Tuesday, August 21st & 22nd 2017

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25TH - Tuesday, August 29th 2017

Immigration & Visa Information

All new students should review pre-arrival information, including visa and immigration guides and a checklist, compiled by the Office of Global Services (OGS) to ease the transition to Georgetown University. Read more

Arrival & Transit 

  • If you are coming to the United States in F or J status for the first time, you may not enter the country more than 30 days prior to the start date on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. Academic program start dates are established by Georgetown and cannot be changed. Therefore, you are advised to plan your travel accordingly.
  • If you are already in the U.S. in F or J status, you are not bound to the 30-day rule. However, students transferring to Georgetown from another school in the United States must report to OGS within 15 days of the program start date. Ideally, if you will be living off campus, you should plan to arrive in DC at least one week before beginning a program in order to allow enough time to get settled and secure housing.

Three airports serve the DC area and there are multiple options for transportation from each airport. Read more 

On-Campus Housing & Move-In

New undergraduates, OGE exchanges, SFS-Q and transfer students living on campus will only be permitted to move in during the morning of Friday, August 25th. There are a variety of residential communities at Georgetown and the Office of Residential Living can provide more information on move-in, facilities, and the housing assignment process. Read more

Off-Campus Housing & Resources

The search for off-campus housing in the DC metro area (DC, Virginia, and Maryland) must begin prior to your arrival. To search most effectively, we encourage students to review housing options, prices, maps of the DC metro area, and roommate finders. Read more

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Georgetown University requires all students in F-1 and J-1 status to have adequate health insurance. More specifically, J-1 Exchange Visitors are required by law to maintain adequate health insurance for themselves and for each of their J-2 dependents throughout their program of study.  Read more

Graduate teaching & Research Assistantships

If you are receiving a teaching or research assistantship through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS), please keep in mind that this money is taxable unless your country has a tax treaty with the United States. You should not budget for housing or living expenses under the assumption that you will receive the full amount declared in your offer letter. Contact the Tax Department to learn more. After you arrive, contact OGS to request a Social Security Number.

Resources for Partners & Families

We would like to extend a special welcome to those of you who are wives, husbands, partners, or children of international students! You will find that this University, and the Washington DC area, offer a wide range of opportunities, resources, and services during your time at Georgetown.  Read more