Orientation Program

All international students are required by immigration law to go through an immigration orientation session with the ISO upon starting their academic program at MIT.

During this immigration session, an ISO advisor will discuss immigration documents, how to maintain legal status, employment in the US, travel, and other important information related to your adjustment to MIT and the United States.

All new MIT international students must attend an ISO Orientation Session before the start of their first academic term at MIT (either Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semester). The ISO will offer only online sessions for new students in the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022. Students may wish to attend a session in advance of arrival to campus. Please see the arrival checklist on 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; two forms in advance of arrival to campus, and a series of forms after you physically arrive in the U.S. Online Check-In is required for all students, so you will not be able to request your MIT ID card or complete enrollment registration for the term until you have completed the Online Check-In.

ISO Virtual Forums – Summer 2022

The MIT International Students Office (ISO) will host multiple Virtual Forums this summer for all MIT international students to provide 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 in advance of the Virtual Forums, and, if time available, will answer questions posed during the Virtual Forums.
[NOTE: New Students are required to attend an ISO New Student Orientation Session; the ISO Virtual Forums are separate and optional, but should be a helpful resource.]

The ISO will post the Virtual Forum schedule soon and notify all new international students at MIT via email of the dates and login information. We will post here to this webpage a copy of the presentation slides and recording after the session.
(via Kerberos/MIT Touchstone access – click on “Login with MIT Touchstone”)

New Undergraduate Students

New International Undergraduate Students will attend mandatory Fall 2022 ISO International Undergraduate Student Orientation Program from August 22 through August 24, 2022. in August 2022. A copy of the full schedule will be posted here in July 2022. You will receive additional notification from your ISO Advisor confirming the time and Zoom link information.

If you are a new undergraduate student, do not sign up for an ISO Orientation Session on iMIT. Your ISO Advisor will contact you to confirm the schedule.

The schedule for MIT First Year Orientation for all first year undergraduates, which occurs after the ISO International Undergraduate Orientation, is available on the MIT Office of the First Year website.

You are expected to attend the Orientation Programs and 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 their program coordinator and should not sign up for a session on iMIT.

Graduate Students

All Graduate Students arriving for the Fall 2022 semester should complete an ISO Immigration Orientation Session that will be conducted online in Summer 2022 (sessions will be offered in August 2022).

The ISO will post the Orientation Session dates here as soon as they are set, and provide instructions on how to sign up for a session even before arrival to the U.S.

More Information

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