Services for International Students and Scholars

Arrival Check In

All international students holding an F-1 visa must check in at the start of each new program of study. This is a U.S. government regulation for students to maintain their F-1 visa status. At Northeastern University, the Office of Global Services (OGS) facilitates an online check-in process. Students studying with J visas do not participate in this registration. Check-in Process:

  • The Office of Global Services will email your Northeastern student email account ( with a link to the International Student Check-In e-form at the beginning of the academic term.
  • You complete International Student Check-In after you arrive in the United States.
  • International Student Check-In can be completed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You must have your passport and make note of your local address in the Boston area.

Make sure to check the OGS homepage and the OGS’s Facebook page for updates on international student orientation and information sessions.