We provide information on how to best transition to the U.S. and the BU community to new degree and non-degree students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These mandatory sessions feature an introduction to ISSO services and include critical visa and immigration information, as well as important tips on cultural adjustment, employment in the US, the American classroom, and health.


ISSO’s International Student Advising team participates in Boston University Orientation to offer a program tailored for international students.

International freshman, MET International undergraduate students, and Exchange–XRG students, are encouraged to register through the Orientation office.


will be held on:

Monday, September 4th, 2017
11:00 am or 2:00 pm or 4:00pm (sessions are identical – please register  for only one session)
Alumni Auditorium, School of Law 
765 Commonwealth Ave

During this orientation session, advising staff from the International Students & Scholars Office will provide an overview of topics including Cultural Adjustment, Immigration and Employment.

Make up session

The ISSO is offering a make up session for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree international students who were unable to attend previous orientation sessions.

Fall 2017 Make up session
will be held on:

Friday, September 15th, 2017
3:00 pm  – please register for this session
International Students and Scholars Office
888 Commonwealth Ave


New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation

New J Exchange Visitors in the Professor, Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Student Intern and Specialist categories should plan to attend the New J-1 Check-in and Orientation. This session is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. No registration is required.