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 the Spring 2021 semester. The ISO will offer only online sessions for new students in the Spring 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols. 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.

New Undergraduate Students

New International Undergraduate Students will attend mandatory Spring 2021 ISO International Undergraduate Student Orientation Program on Tuesday, February 2 at 9:00am. You will receive 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 is available on the MIT Office of the First Year website.

You are expected to attend the Orientation Program 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 should complete the following steps below to sign up for an ISO Immigration Orientation Session that will be conducted online in the Spring 2021 semester.

Please use the instructions below to sign up for your program-specific ISO Immigration Orientation Session on iMIT. 

  1. Go to imit.mit.edu and click “Login” under “Full Client Services for Students”
  2. Enter your kerberos/email information to log in
  3. After logging into your iMIT account, you will appear on the “Services Home Page”
  4. View the “Events” menu on right side of the page and scroll to view available scheduled events and 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
    *All other graduate students should select “Spring 2021 Orientation F-1/J-1 International Students (for MIT degree students)“, and choose from one of the available sessions on January 28, February 2, February 9, and February 12, 2021.

Students may participate in the ISO Orientation Session Online even before arrival to the U.S.

Spring 2021 ISO International Graduate Student Orientation (F and J Visa holders)
* Presentation Slides (PDF)
* Video/Audio (requires MIT/Kerberos login and DUO authentication)

More Information

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