Graduate Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

All International graduate students must attend a mandatory ISO Immigration Orientation Session with an ISO advisor before the first day of classes. Orientation sessions for new graduate students will be held beginning in August through Registration Day.  Check your academic program orientation schedule to verify if there is an ISO Immigration Orientation Session scheduled for part of your program or you can sign-up for a Session on iMIT. You only need to attend one ISO Immigration Orientation Session.

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

  1. Go to 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 “Fall 2020 F-1/J-1 Graduate Immigration Orientation Session (for MIT degree students)“, and choose from one of the available sessions on August 13th, 20th, 24th, 31st, 2020.

Fall 2020 ISO F/J International Graduate Student Orientation Session
*Presentation Slides (PDF)

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 your academic programs, the GSC sessions are meant to provide a broad orientation to MIT and life as a graduate student. Remember to check with your department to see if they are holding mandatory orientations for you so you can be sure to attend as many sessions offered by your academic department and the GSC.

Please note the video links provided below are accessible only after you have signed into Zoom. All MIT students with a Kerberos have access to Zoom. In order to sign in, please go to go to and click “Sign In.” Once you have signed in, you can return to this page and view the videos.

Presentation TitlePresentation SlidesPresentation Video
ISO Grad WelcomeSlide LinkVideo Link

English Evaluation Test

All new international graduate students who are pursuing a degree at MIT and are non-native English speakers must attend the mandatory English Evaluation Test starting Monday, August 10, 2020 and ending Monday, August 17, 2020. For details, see: