In order to provide a comprehensive introduction and overview of The Program, the locations abroad, and Northeastern’s Boston campus, orientation is offered in three separate sessions: Pre-departure Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in July, on-site orientation once students have arrived in their host countries, and New Student Orientation on Northeastern’s campus in January.

For more information on the on-site orientations upon arrival in the locations, please see the “On-Site Orientation” section for your specific program. More information on New Student Orientation will be available on the Office of Student Orientation and Parent/Family Programs website.

Pre-departure Orientation

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

Dates for Fall 2017 Pre-departure Orientation sessions are below. Please note that these dates are subject to change.

  • Pre-departure Orientation I: July 8-9, 2017
  • Pre-departure Orientation II: July 10-11, 2017

Students will register for their preferred session once enrollment paperwork has become available in May 2017. Registration is required, and each PDO session will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first day of each PDO also includes a program for parents and families of participants. Please check back closer to the summer for more specific schedules and logistical details of the day.

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


Please check back soon for electronic versions of our Fall 2017 location-specific handbooks.