Graduate Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

ALL New/Incoming International Graduate Students (e.g. new to the U.S., return from leave of absence (RLOA), and transfer-in students) are required to attend a mandatory ISO Immigration Orientation Session before the first day of classes. Orientation sessions for new graduate students will be held in August through Registration Day. 

Students can register for an ISO Immigration Orientation Session through their iMIT Portal account, under “Events” on their iMIT homepage. Students may also check with their academic department to verify if there is an ISO Immigration Orientation Session scheduled as part of a departmental orientation schedule. Students can attend an ISO Student Immigration Orientation Session whether they are outside or inside the U.S. [NOTE: Students only need to attend ONE ISO Immigration Orientation Session]

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 Immigration Orientation Session Sign-Up Instructions

  1. Students must login to their iMIT Portal account, under “Full Client Services for Students”.
  2. Students will enter their MIT Kerberos/email information to login.
  3. Once a student has logged in, their “iMIT Services Home Page” appears.
  4. In their “iMIT Services Home Page”, the student should see “Events” on the right side of the page. They can then scroll to view available scheduled events and select the appropriate ISO Orientation Session for their correct immigration status and/or program.
    1. e.g. Select from:
      1. (F-1 ONLY) 2022 Fall Orientation New/Incoming (e.g. New, Transfer-In, & RLOA) Students for students in F-1 status with a Form I-20. 
      1. (J-1 ONLY) 2022 Fall Orientation New/Incoming (e.g. New, Transfer-In, & RLOA) Students for students in J-1 status with a Form DS-2019. 

ISO Immigration Orientation Session Dates For F-1 Students (ONLY)

DateStart TimeEnd Time
Friday, August 12, 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)
Monday, August 15, 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)
Thursday, August 18, 20226:00 PM (EST)8:00 PM (EST)
Tuesday, August 23, 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)
Friday, August 26, 20221:00 PM (EST)3:00 PM (EST)
Monday, August 29, 20221:00 PM (EST)3:00 PM (EST)
Thursday, September 1, 20225:00 PM (EST)7:00 PM (EDT)
Wednesday, September 7. 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)

ISO Immigration Orientation Session Dates For J-1 Students (ONLY)

DateStart TimeEnd Time
Tuesday, August 16, 20221:00 PM (EST)3:00 PM (EST)
Monday, August 22, 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)
Tuesday, August 30, 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)
Thursday, September 8, 202210:00 AM (EST)12:00 PM (EST)

Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is responsible for planning the Institute’s official Graduate Student Orientation. In addition, to attending orientation sessions offered by an academic program, the GSC sessions are meant to provide a broad orientation to MIT and life as a graduate student. Students are required to check with their department to see if they are holding mandatory departmental/program specific orientations.  It is helpful for students to attend as many sessions as possible; whether they are offered by an academic department and/or the GSC. NOTE: The ISO Immigration Orientation Session is MANDATORY.

**The ISO hosts a Grad Welcome Reception for all new/incoming graduate students and their families at the beginning of every fall term. This year the event will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 5pm to 6:30pm, and student are REQUIRED to register for this event in advance, if they are interested in attending.

English Evaluation Test

All new/incoming international graduate students pursuing a degree at MIT and are a non-native English speaker are required to attend the English Evaluation Test (EET) starting Thursday, August 25, 2022, to Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

The EET will be delivered remotely, via an MIT Canvas eCourse and is composed of two parts:

  1. Part 1 (August 25th – August 28th): A reading and writing task, submitted online; AND
  2. Part 2 (August 29th – August 31st): A short interview conducted via Zoom.

For more information on the EET, visit the following link:

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