Orientation Program

MIT International Students Office (ISO) International Student Orientation Program

U.S immigration regulations require ALL New/Incoming International Students to go through an immigration orientation course/session upon starting their academic program at MIT. Therefore, there are a few steps that all incoming MIT international students are required to complete in order to activate their U.S. student immigration status in the U.S. and with MIT. This is not an automatic process, so students must be proactive. Students will not be able to request an MIT ID card* or complete their enrollment/registration for the term until they have completed the below requirements.

*Undergraduate Students will receive their MIT ID cards in their welcome packets upon arrival.

Who is considered an “New/Incoming International Student”?

  • Incoming Students to the U.S., in F or J status.
  • Return from leave of absence students (RLOA), in F or J status.
  • Transfer-in students (i.e. “Transfer Students” are defined as students who transferred their current SEVIS record (F or J) to MIT from another U.S. institution/school).

Completing My REQUIRED Immigration Orientation Session & Check-In

All new/incoming MIT international students are required to attend an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session and complete their required Online Fall 2022 Check-In eForms in iMIT. [NOTE: Any ISO Virtual Forum that a student attended was optional and does not count as the student completing the mandatory orientation session.]

  • Students are required to attend an ISO orientation session as it matches their U.S. immigration status (F or J).
  • Students are required to register for an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session in advance.
    • Students can register for an orientation session through their iMIT Portal account, under “Events” on their iMIT homepage.
  • Students can attend an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session whether they are outside or inside the U.S.
  • Following the completion of the ISO Student I Immigration Orientation Session, if a student has additional questions, they can use the search tool on the ISO website, review frequently asked questions on the ISO Knowledge Base webpage, or they may contact their ISO Advisor.

During The REQUIRED Immigration Orientation Session

A student will learn about their U.S. immigration documents, maintaining their legal U.S. immigration status, traveling within and outside the U.S., employment in the U.S., and other important information related to adjusting and living in the U.S. and studying at MIT, as well as additional resources.

Additionally, all Incoming International Students are required to complete the Online Immigration Check-In Process. The ISO is required to review and approve a student’s Online Fall 2022 Check-In eForms and immigration documents. Therefore, students must follow the guidance on the ISO’s Online Check-In webpage.

New Undergraduate Students

New International Undergraduate Students will attend mandatory Fall 2022 ISO International Undergraduate Student Orientation Program from August 22 through August 25, 2022.

The full schedule of the ISO International Undergraduate Orientation is available here. You will receive additional notification from your ISO Advisor confirming the time and locations.

Undergraduate Students CANNOT register for an ISO Immigration session in iMIT. They are required to attend the session provided during the International Orientation Week as noted above.

Remember, ALL new/incoming MIT international students are required to attend an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session before completing their required Online Fall 2022 Check-In Process, in iMIT. See the above section titled “Completing My REQUIRED Immigration Orientation Session & Check-In.

Non-Degree Students

Students who will come to MIT to participate in a “Non-Degree” program will apply through the program headquarters/department and should contact the program directly for information on admissions and orientation procedures.

Students participating in the Visiting Student Program (VSP) or the Advanced Study Program (ASP), are REQUIRED to sign up for the appropriate orientation session through the iMIT Portal and they must also complete the Online Immigration Check-In Process.

Exchange Students and Undergraduate Students in the MIT Special Student Program will receive specific information about their REQUIRED ISO Immigration Orientation Session from their program coordinator and CANNOT register/attend an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session in iMIT. However, they must also complete the Online Immigration Check-In Process.

Graduate Students

All Graduate Students are required to attend an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session before being eligible to enroll for courses/subjects at MIT.

Attending an ISO New International Graduate Student Orientation Session
New international students pursuing a graduate degree (Masters’, PhD) can sign up on iMIT (under the “Events” section, click “I’m Going”, to attend an online ISO Orientation Session. A list of the remaining sessions are also available on the ISO International Graduate Student Orientation page here.

Fall 2022 ISO New International Graduate Student Orientation Material
A copy of the immigration orientation presentation slides and session recordings are now available on the ISO’s Student Content Access webpage [Kerberos login and Duo authentication required].

ISO Grad Welcome Reception

Optional welcome event for incoming grad students and their families (spouse/partners and/or children). Appetizers served.
Tuesday, August 30; 5pm – 6:30pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico, Student Center.
*Students must sign up by Tues August 23 (email invitations sent to all incoming grad students).

More Information

  • The recording and slides from the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) / ISO Webinar for Fall 2022 Admitted Students: is available here.
  • Graduate Students: Information regarding the required English Evaluation Test (EET) for new Graduate Students, can be found on MIT’s CMSW webpage.

ISO Virtual Forums – Summer 2022

The MIT International Students Office (ISO) will host multiple “Virtual Forums” this summer/fall for all MIT international students. These forums are meant to provide students with updates on USDHS guidance, visa processing at U.S. Embassies/Consulates, travel questions, and additional issues impacting international students.

In addition to prepared remarks, the ISO will address any pre-submitted questions that are submitted in advance of the Virtual Forums, and, if time available, will answer questions posed during the live Virtual Forum event.

[NOTE: New/Incoming International Students are REQUIRED to attend an ISO Immigration Orientation Session. This requirement is separate from the ISO Virtual Forums. The ISO Virtual Forums are optional and only to be utilized as a helpful resource, not to complete an immigration requirement.]

The ISO will post our 2022 Virtual Forums schedule soon and we will also notify all MIT international students (via email, to their @mit.edu email address) of the dates and login information. Students can also find this information on the ISO’s Events webpage, once these sessions are posted.

Students can also review/watch previous ISO Virtual Forums from June 2022. This information can be found on the Student Content Access webpage. (via Kerberos/MIT Touchstone access – click on “Login with MIT Touchstone”). Students will find previous ISO Virtual Forums recordings, which include copies of the Virtual Forum slides.