Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

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PDO 2014

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Student Program

During Pre-departure Orientation, students spend two days on the Boston campus in July participating in a program designed to introduce them to policies and procedures as well as increase familiarity with their locations, and meet their fellow participants and staff. Workshops and sessions include culture acclimation, safety and security while studying abroad, policies, academic advising, goal-setting, and team-building. Students stay overnight in freshman residence halls, and get their first taste of life on Northeastern’s campus. Towels, bedding, and all meals are provided for participants.

Parent and Family Program

Parents and guardians are invited to participate in our Parent and Family Program that takes place on Day 1 of PDO. Parents should plan to leave campus after the conclusion of the Parent Program, as the sessions planned on Day 2 are specifically geared toward students. Breakfast and lunch is provided for all registered family members on the first day of each orientation. Find places to stay in the area >>

PDO is mandatory for all US citizens. Due to US visa regulations, international students are not required to attend this on-campus orientation program. International students will receive all necessary information through our website and email.  


Registration is required, and each PDO session will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Students register through the General Enrollment Form (see Enrollment Forms section by location) by May 16. Due to space limitations on campus, students will be eligible for certain PDO dates, but potentially not all sessions. The General Enrollment Form will reflect which dates students may attend.

  • Wednesday, July 9 - Thursday, July 10

    • Australia, England, and Greece ONLY
  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12

    • Australia, England, Ireland: FIE@DBS, Ireland: UCD, and Greece
  • Monday, July 14 - Tuesday, July 15

    • England, Ireland: FIE@DBS, Ireland: UCD, and Greece ONLY

Day of PDO 

Registration and check-in will take place on campus, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on day 1. For PDO I, please proceed to International Village for registration. For PDOs II and III, please proceed to Stetson West for registration. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. for registration in order to leave time to enjoy a complimentary breakfast together before our official program begins. During registration, students also check into student housing.

Please note that on-campus housing is not provided for family members and that student housing is only for one night (July 9th for PDO I, July 11th for PDO II, and July 14th for PDO III). 

PDO will conclude at 3:00 p.m. (for PDO I) & 4:30 p.m. (for PDO II & III) on Day 2, at which time students may depart campus.

What to Bring

Students are asked to please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and to bring a water bottle. Additionally, all students must bring the following items:

  • Photo ID for housing check-in
  • Unofficial or photocopied documentation of all AP or IB score reports and transcripts of all college transfer credit. We ask that students bring copies of these documents - in addition to submitting the official documentation to Admissions - to assist their Academic Advisers, who meet with students to review their courses and determine if any academically necessary changes will be made based on AP/IB/transfer information. Please note that advisers will retain these copies for their records here at Northeastern.
  • Fan, if necessary. Please note that air conditioning is not provided in the freshman residence hall accommodations. 
  • We recommend that participants and families continue to carefully review the location-specific information on our website before attending PDO so that they can come prepared with questions.  
PDO Policies & Logistics

For safety reasons, it is our policy that once participants check-in for PDO, they must stay on campus for the entire program. Please do not schedule any activities or events that will take students off campus or away from the required orientation activities. International Student Advisors, who will go abroad with students, stay in the residence halls overnight and plan evening activities.

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