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 particular, two mandatory sessions on immigration compliance and cultural and academic adjustment on Tuesday, August 22nd. Undergraduate students are required to attend all sessions on Friday, August 25th. 

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

UNDERGRADUATE, OGE EXCHANGE, SFS-Q & TRANSFER Students: 
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. 

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, 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. If living off campus, you should plan to arrive in D.C at least one week before beginning a program to allow yourself time to get settled and secure housing.

Three airports serve the D.C. area and there are multiple options for transportation from each airport. 

On-Campus Housing & Move-In

New undergraduates, OGE exchanges, SFS-Q and transfer students living on campus will only be permitted to move in between 10am and 12pm on Friday, August 25th. The Office of Residential Living can provide information on move-in, facilities, and the housing assignment process. 

Off-Campus Housing & Resources

The search for off-campus housing in the D.C. metro area (D.C., Virginia, and Maryland) must begin prior to your arrival. Students should review housing options, prices, maps of the D.C. metro area, and roommate finders. 

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. 

Graduate Teaching & Research Assistantships

If you are receiving a teaching or research assistantship through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS), please note that this money is taxable unless your country has a tax treaty with the United States. Do not budget for housing or living expenses under the assumption 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 D.C. area, offer a wide range of opportunities, resources, and services during your time at Georgetown.