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. Students will stay overnight in a freshman residence hall and get their 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 not all PDO sessions are available for all locations. 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
  • Pre-departure Orientation III: July 19-20, 2017

Students will register for their preferred session in their myNEU student portal. Registration is required, and each PDO session will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must register for a session by May 19, 2017.

*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.

The first day of each PDO also includes a program for parents and families of participants. Abbreviated schedules are available below; please note that specific room locations will be provided on the first day of each Pre-departure Orientation session.

Pre-departure Orientation Student Schedule
Pre-departure Orientation Parent Schedule


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring with me to Pre-departure Orientation?

Towels, bedding and all meals are provided for participants during PDO. A blanket is provided for students as the East Village residence hall has air conditioning.

Students should bring comfortable footwear, a change of clothing and a water bottle. There are evening sporting activities available and if students wish to participate they must bring athletic wear. Students may also bring a small window fan since some residence halls do not have air conditioning. 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 for all college transfer credit. You must bring these documents to PDO in addition to submitting the official documentation to Admissions. During PDO, you will meet your Northeastern academic advisor to review your courses and determine if any academically necessary changes need to be made based on your AP/IB/transfer information.

Can I finalize my course selection during Pre-departure Orientation?

Yes, all students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic advising teams to review their course schedules for the fall. Students should bring any updated AP/IB scores or documentation with them if they wish to have their course selections changed.

When and where do I show up the morning of Pre-departure Orientation?

Students and families should arrive between the hours of 7:30am and 9:00am to the designated registration areas. This is where students will be staying overnight, so please plan to drop off your bags at that time. Breakfast is also available during these times. Below are the registration areas designated for each orientation date:

For directions to campus, please click here.

Where can I park?

Students and families are able to park in the Columbus Garage located at 795 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120. Attendees must print out and display the parking pass below in their windshield. If you are driving to campus, please print this parking permit and place it on your dashboard while in the Columbus Parking Garage. Please click below on your Pre-Departure Orientation date to access the pass.

Spaces fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that this parking pass will be valid for the first day of the orientation session only and must be printed for use before your arrival.  The Boston MBTA is an excellent choice to take, as well. Students and families may take the Orange Line to the Ruggles stop or the Green Line to the Northeastern University stop.

For directions to campus, please click here.

When does Pre-departure Orientation end?

The parents and families portion of the event ends on Day 1 at 5:00pm. Day 2 of the orientation is for students only. All students are required to stay until the orientation program ends at 2:30pm and must depart from their overnight housing by 3:30pm.

Where can we stay overnight?

On-campus housing is provided for students only, and only for the first day of the orientation program. For information on places to stay in the area, please continue reading here. Please note that we are unable to accommodate early check-ins.

I am unable to attend Pre-departure Orientation in Boston. When is the Webinar?

Student Webinars

Parent and Family Webinars