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 complete the International Student Online Check-In.
  2. In preparation for the ISSI's International Student Online Check-In, please have your passport with you, and make notes of your local address in the Boston area.
  3. You will receive an e-mail from the International Student and Scholar Institute with detailed instructions on how to complete the International Student Online Check-In about one week before the report date of your I-20 or DS-2019. Please check your Husky e-mail account regularly in the weeks before the start of your program.

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

International Student Online Check-In
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 an 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.

International Student Orientation
This program, hosted by the ISSI, is planned during orientation as either a separate event or in conjunction with your academic program’s orientation schedule. Please view the Orientation Schedule to note your academic program’s International Student Orientation date, time and location.

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.