for International New Student Orientation!

August 22-23, 2019

Hello Global Hoyas!

On behalf of the Office of Global Services (OGS), welcome to Georgetown University! These monthly newsletters will help you prepare for the transition into student life at Georgetown and in DC, featuring immigration and academic guidance, as well as pre-arrival logistics. 

Check your Georgetown email account regularly, and contact if you have  questions. We look forward to meeting you, and hope you are getting excited about joining the Global Hoya community!
View I-NSO Schedule of Events

Arrival & I-NSO Move-in

Book your flight: You are permitted to enter the United States up to 30 days before the program start date on your immigration document (Thursday, August 22). Ensure your travel plans allow enough time to arrive in DC, move into your on-campus dormitory between 12pm and 4pm, and attend the I-NSO Welcome Reception at 5pm that evening.

International Student Move-In
Thursday, August 22 from 12pm to 4pm 

During this time, you will pick up your GOCard, your room key and move into your room. If an emergency or late arrival time prohibits move in between 12pm and 4pm, please email OGS immediately. If you arrive at campus after 4pm, you will need to make hotel or temporary housing arrangements for the night. For questions about the housing application and selection process, visit Residential Living or email

Things to Do Before Arrival

First-Year and Transfer Students: Register for NSO! Online registration closes on Monday, August 12. Questions about NSO? Email

Submit your GOCard photo: Upload your photo to the GOCard Office portal by July 26. Make sure you select "On-Campus Pickup" so you can pick up your GOCard when you check-in on August 22.

Submit Immunization Forms: All students regardless of age are required to submit the Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Certificate to the Student Health Center (SHC) by Monday, July 15.

Activate GU Health Insurance Plan: Students in F/J immigration status are required to enroll in the University's student health insurance GU Premier Plan, and the Fall 2019 plan is open for enrollment here.

Connect with new friends: Make sure to ‘Like’ the Georgetown International Students & Scholars Page, join the Georgetown I-NSO 2019 Facebook Group, and follow @globalhoyas on Instagram to start connecting with fellow international students!

Track your progress with all these tasks using the OGS Pre-Arrival Checklist (PDF).

Living in DC Resources

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming! OGS has compiled resources to help you navigate life and logistics in the DC. Take a look at our guides to cell phones, banking, English classes, grocery shopping, and more. 

For an inside peek into living in DC, also check out Washingtonian's guide to Everything You Need to Know about DC.

I-NSO Pre-Arrival Webinar

On Thursday, July 18 at 10am Eastern Standard Time (EST), Armelle Dejoie, International Ambassador Leader, will host the second (and final) pre-arrival webinar through Zoom Conference on Canvas. She will answer questions about Hoya housing, health insurance, budgeting, employment, taxes, living in DC, and anything else you might be curious about. Join the webinar by logging into Canvas with your GU NetID.
Office of Global Services
International Student & Scholar Services
3520 Prospect Street, NW
Car Barn Suite 210 
Washington, DC 20057-1013
Phone: (202) 687-5867

The Office of Global Services (OGS) reserves the right to make audio and/or visual recordings at all OGS-sponsored events. Individuals who do not want to be recorded must complete and submit the OGS Photo and Video Opt-Out Release Form (PDF) to at least two weeks prior to attending an OGS-sponsored event. It is the individual’s responsibility to notify event personnel (e.g., photographer, videographer) they have signed the opt-out release and to move out of any photos and recordings.