International Students on a Canoe

August 25 - August 29, 2017


Office of Global Services

Tel: (202) 687-5867
Fax: (202) 687-5944

Email us

The Office of Global Services serves international students with a range of issues, including U.S. visa and immigration matters, orientation, and adjustment to life at a U.S. university. We encourage international students to use the many resources our OGS offers.

What is I-NSO?

International New Student Orientation (I-NSO)  is a supplementary half day orientation program for students attending Georgetown in F-1 or J-1 immigration status, immediately preceding New Student Orientation (NSO). Students in F-1 or J-1 status are automatically registered for and required to attend I-NSO.

I-NSO  provides essential immigration compliance information to students in order to ensure they fully understand the rules and regulations governing their immigration status while studying in the United States, as well as sessions on cultural adjustment, U.S. health insurance, and the opportunity to get to know OGS staff and other new international students.

While I-NSO is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students, participants in I-NSO are still eligible to participate in any of the other pre-orientation programs GU offers.  I-NSO does not conflict with other pre-orientation programs. Learn more about these interest-specific pre-orientation programs at

All I-NSO participants are expected to fully engage in all NSO activities, which address general adjustment to Georgetown, DC, and college life.

Arriving On Campus

To attend I-NSO, all new international students in F-1 or J-1 status MUST arrive on campus no later than noon on Friday, August 25 2017.

Attending I-NSO

I-NSO is mandatory for all international first year, transfer, SFS-Q, and undergraduate exchange students in F-1 or J-1 student status. These students are automatically registered to attend I-NSO. Any students not studying in F-1 or J-1 status but living and studying in the United States for the first time, are welcome to register and attend I-NSO. To register, please look for the registration link on the I-NSO website starting June 1st.

A $35 I-NSO fee will be charged to each participant's student account.

I-NSO Highlights

Subject to change. The complete schedule will be available beginning April 2017 at the I-NSO website.

Immigration Compliance Sessions: Immigration information sessions will introduce students to the basic regulations that govern their immigration status.

Cultural & Academic Adjustment: An introduction to U.S. culture, classroom expectations and tips for success.

U.S. Health Insurance: Learn how to utilize the U.S. healthcare system and your student insurance.

“Words of Wisdom” Panel: Hear from international upperclassmen with insight and advice on acclimating to and succeeding at Georgetown.

International Ambassadors

Current international and American students serve as International Ambassadors to support and welcome new students to Georgetown. Each incoming student is assigned an International Ambassador over the summer to answer questions and give advice on the student experience.  Ambassadors work with OGS staff to guide participants through I-NSO and provide a complete introduction to student life at Georgetown, along with NSO Orientation Advisers. Once new international students arrive on campus, Ambassadors also assist with on-site activities such as campus tours and orientation sessions.

If you have received a Form I-20/DS-2019 from OGS but have not been contacted by an Ambassador, please email

Immigration Responsibilities

International students have special responsibilities while studying in the United States. Although each student is solely responsible for knowing and complying with the regulations concerning F-1 or J-1 immigration status, please be assured that our office is here to help international students understand and navigate the complex immigration regulations that govern their stay in the United States.

Attendance at IPO, which includes a comprehensive Immigration Compliance Session, will provide basic information to ensure a safe and legal stay in this country.

A Special Note to Parents & Families

We understand that parents are concerned for the safety and well-being of their children during their undergraduate experience in the United States. The OGS staff takes great care to serve the needs of all international students and to provide, not only immigration advice, but  a variety of non-academic support services throughout the academic program to ensure their adjustment to life on and off campus.

Parents and family members who will travel to the Washington D.C. area for orientation should plan to arrive a few days prior to the start of I-NSO as students are not permitted to skip I-NSO activities and there will be little free time once the program begins. OGS offers a special session for international parents to address the unique concerns that parents of international students may have.

Immigration Document Review

(Mandatory for all F-1/J-1 Students)

In order to legally participate in the semester, all international students must complete an online Immigration Document Review upon entering the United States. Students must upload their signed Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, F-1 or J-1 visa, passport entry stamp, and I-94 record of entry for review by OGS. OGS will communicate additional information about this requirement at the time the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 is shipped.