Pre-Departure Orientation students have three orientations throughout their participation in the program, Pre-departure Orientation, on-site orientation once students have arrived in their host countries (see the “On-site Orientation” section for your specific program), and Husky 101 Spring Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in January (see Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs for more information).

During Pre-departure Orientation (PDO), you will spend two days on Northeastern’s Boston campus participating in a program designed to introduce you to policies and procedures, increase your familiarity with your location, and meet your fellow students and staff.

All students will also meet with their academic advising teams to review their course registration for the fall. Students should bring any updated AP/IB scores or documentation with them if they wish to have their course selections changed.  All course registrations will be finalized by the end of the add/drop period. Students will not be permitted to change course registration once they arrive on site.

Parents and Families
Parent and family members are invited to participate in our Parent and Family program on Day One of PDO, there are no parent and family sessions for Day Two.

Please note the 2020 Pre-departure Orientation (PDO) Schedule will be available closer to the dates. The  2019 Student Schedule2019 Parent and Family Schedule will give an idea of what the program may look like (please note the schedule and sessions offered are subject to change).

Dates & Registration

Fall 2020 Pre-departure Orientation is scheduled for the following dates:

  • June 19-20
  • June 22-23
  • June 25-26

Registration will be found in the Application Status Check once it is available in early May. Students are eligible to attend any session regardless of location or major. Registration is required, and each PDO session will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of PDO registration and participation is included in the program fee (travel and other expenses are not included in this cost).

Disability Services
We offer American Sign Language interpreters, signed English interpreters, oral interpreters, tactile or close-vision interpreters, CART, assistive listening devices, and written materials in an alternate format (Braille, audio-tape, etc.). Wheelchairs are not provided at Orientation – please make prior arrangements. In order to offer any services, students are required to indicate any needs on the registration form. Contact the Disability Resource Center for ongoing accommodations beyond PDO.

PDO is mandatory for all students living within the United States. Due to U.S. visa regulations, international students are not required to attend this on-campus orientation program and will receive information about a mandatory online orientation via email. However, international students are encouraged to attend if able to do so.

International students that are unable to attend will have the opportunity to view an online version that covers information from Pre-Departure Orientation. Additional details will be provided in the summer. Please contact us with any concerns regarding PDO attendance.

Additional Resources

Please refer to the following links for additional information:

Past Pre-Departure Orientations

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PDO Registration

PDO Registration Site Staff

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Heading into Session

Community Building

Meeting other Students

BBQ Lunch