Mandatory Orientation and Pre-Arrival Newsletters

Mandatory Orientation and 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.

Orientation Schedules

Orientation Schedule | Incoming Global MBA Students

The International Student Institute (ISI) and Global MBA C-Suite are both mandatory parts of the Global MBA program for international students. The dates of these programs are below:

  • Monday, July 30th - Friday August 3rd2018 | Please plan on attending orientations every day this week.
  • Monday, August 6th – Friday August 24th, 2018 | Visit the GMBA C-Suite for details.

Orientation Schedule | Incoming Specialized Master’s Students

Please contact your individual program for orientation dates:

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

In addition to your program orientation, the following two orientations are required of all international students in the specialized master’s programs:

Register for Orientation

Other Important Dates

Early Arrival

Remember, you are allowed to enter the United States up to 30 days before the program start 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 fall, insurance coverage begins in August, 2018. See the Student Health website for details.

Pre-Arrival Newsletters

In the weeks leading up to the start of the 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 updated as they are sent out each semester.

Specialized Master’s Program Newsletters


Global MBA Program Newsletters