Mandatory Sessions
There are specific orientation sessions planned by the International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI) that are mandatory for all new international students. Please be sure to review the ISSI Orientation Schedule for your academic program for detailed information, including date, location and time, for the following mandatory sessions.

Helpful Reminders:

  1. International Students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa MUST complee the International Student Check-In process.
  2. In preparation for the ISSI Immigration Clearance Check In Session, please have your original passport and visa with you, and please know your local address in the Boston area.

Complete descriptions of these mandatory sessions and forms are detailed below:

International Student Check In Session
All new international students in F-1 or J-1 visa status are required by government regulations to complete International Student Check-In after they have arrived in the US and are in the area of our campus. In order to complete the process, please have your original passport and visa with you and know your local address in Boston. you can only complete this process once you have arrived to the US and are in the area of the Northeastern University campus in Boston! New international students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa will be e-mailed important information about how to complete this process a few days prior to their start of classes. This e-mail will be sent to the student’s account. Please be checking this account regularly, as all important information from the ISSI will be sent here.

SEVIS Information
As a part of the International Student Check-In process, the ISSI provides this important and helpful web presentation for all new international students in "F-1" (student) or "J-1" (exchange visitor) nonimmigrant visa classifications, to ensure student compliance with U.S. immigration regulations, particularly as they relate to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and other important federal policies/procedures. This presentation will be sent to all new international students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa when they complete International Student Check-In.

Academic or New Student Orientation
All new students, regardless if they are American students or students arriving with an F-1 or J-1 student visa must follow the instructions and information provided by their academic program about additional and important orientation sessions. Generally, these sessions and activities are helpful in connecting you to your academic advisor and introducing you to all the wonderful student services and programs available to students at Northeastern. If you are unsure about the details of your academic orientation, please check with your academic department.