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Mandatory Orientation & Arrival Dates

All newly admitted international students are required to attend several orientation sessions. Please see below for the specific requirements of your program.

At the International Student Institute (ISI), the Office of Global & Experiential Education will provide important information that will help students adjust to campus life and access the many resources available to members of the GW community.

International students enrolled in a Specialized Master’s degree program must also attend the International Student Orientation hosted by the International Services Office (ISO) and any orientation session organized by their individual program.

At the International Student Institute (ISI), the Office of Global & Experiential Education will provide important information that will help students adjust to campus life and access the many resources available to members of the GW community.

International students enrolled in a Specialized Master’s degree program must also attend the International Student Orientation hosted by the International Services Office (ISO) and any orientation session organized by their individual program.


Orientation Schedules


Orientation Schedule | Incoming Global MBA Students

Orientation Schedule | Incoming Global MBA Students


The International Student Institute (ISI) and Global MBA Institute typically begin during the first week of August. Dates for 2017’s ISI & GMBA Institute are not yet available. Please check back soon.



Orientation Schedule | Incoming Specialized Master's Students

Orientation Schedule | Incoming Specialized Master’s Students


The schedule below applies to the following programs:

Master of Accountancy | Master of Science in Business Analytics | Master of Science in Information Systems Technology | Master of Science in Government Contracts | Master of Science in Project Management | Master of Tourism Administration

  • January 10 (Morning) | International Services Office, International Student Orientation (ISO)
  • January 10 (Afternoon) | School of Business, International Student Institute (ISI)

Register for Orientation



Orientation Schedule | Incoming MSF Students

Orientation Schedule | Incoming MSF Students


  • January 10 (Morning) | International Services Office, International Student Orientation (ISO)
  • January 10 (Afternoon) | School of Business, International Student Institute (ISI)

Register for Orientation




Other Important Dates

Early Arrival

Remember, you are allowed to enter the United States up to 30 days before the reporting date listed on your I-20/DS-2019.

Health Insurance

Please note, as an F-1 or J-1 student, you are automatically enrolled in GW’s health insurance plan. For students beginning their studies in the spring, insurance coverage begins on January 1st.


Pre-Arrival Newsletters

In the weeks leading up to the start of fall semester, G&EE distributes a weekly newsletter containing valuable information that may help facilitate your transition to our campus in Washington D.C.

Links to each newsletter are available below. Remember to periodically re-visit this page as the newsletters are frequently updated.


Specialized Master’s Program Newsletters

Global MBA Program Newsletters