Orientation Sessions

All international students are required by immigration law to go through an immigration orientation session with the ISO upon arrival to MIT. During this immigration session, an ISO advisor will discuss immigration documents, how to maintain legal status, employment in the US, travel, and other miscellaneous important information.

MIT students will not be able to complete enrollment registration for your term until you have attended an ISO Orientation Session. Students may wish to schedule the earliest ISO Orientation Session available after your arrival to MIT. New students - Please see the ISO letter that was included with your immigration document (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) for more details.

All incoming MIT international students must also complete the Online Check-In forms  AFTER you arrive in the U.S. This is required, so you will not be able to request your MIT ID card or complete enrollment registration for your term until you have completed the Online Check-In.

New Undergraduate Students

New International Undergraduate Students have a mandatory ISO Orientation Program beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019.

If you are a new undergraduate student, DO NOT sign up for an ISO Orientation Session on iMIT. Your full orientation schedule is available on our website. You are expected to attend the Orientation Program and NOT required to sign up for any sessions in iMIT.  However, you must still complete the Online Check-In process as instructed.

Non-Degree Students

Students participating in the Visiting Student Program and Advanced Study Program students should sign up for the appropriate orientation sessions on iMIT.mit.edu. Exchange Students and Undergraduate Students in the MIT Special Student Program will receive specific information about the ISO orientation session from your program coordinator and should NOT sign up for a session on iMIT.

Graduate Students

All Graduate Students should complete the following steps below to sign up for an ISO Immigration Orientation Session.   SCM, SDM, IDM, Sloan MBA, Sloan MBAn, and CRE graduate students will have program-specific ISO orientation sessions. Please use the below instructions to sign up for your program specific ISO orientation session on iMIT. 

  1. Login to imit.mit.edu and click "Full Client Services for Students"
  2. Enter your kerberos/email information to log in
  3. After logging into your iMIT account, click on the “Session Sign-ups” menu
  4. Select the appropriate ISO Orientation session for your visa type and program:
    *SCM, SDM, IDM, MSMS, eMBA, Sloan MBA graduate students will have program-specific ISO orientation sessions on iMIT under “Session Sign-ups".
    *All other graduate students shoudl select from one of the following sessions:
      -> F-1 ONLY Graduate Immigration Session (for MIT degree students) Fall 2019
      -> J-1 ONLY Graduate Immigration Session (for MIT degree students) Fall 2019
      -> F-1 & J-1 Graduate Immigration Session (for MIT degree students) Fall 2019

More Information

Additional links to orientation information at MIT is available at the links below:

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