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September 5, 2018

As of September 10, 2018, the HIO will have a new schedule of walk-in advising hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please stop by to chat with an Advisor on Call for quick questions or travel signatures. ...

August 28, 2018

Welcome to Harvard! Please click here to read the welcome message from the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh. ...

March 1, 2017

The HIO has established an emergency telephone number to assist international students and scholars who encounter problems when attempting to enter the U.S. This emergency number (857-302-3772) should only be used for immigration and visa related emergencies that require an immediate response when university offices are closed. This may include requests for clarifying an individual's ...

Personal Stories

I was lucky enough to attend a reception at the beautiful Harvard Museum of Natural History. The galleries had been outfitted with food and drink and music and many students from countries all over the world were mingling. I was so surprised! I had never seen a party with food and music hosted in a museum.

Zhongchi Li - China - Harvard Medical School

I have found it easier and quicker to learn about anything, whether academic or nonacademic, by asking the people around me about it rather than looking up the information online or in books. Therefore my advice to new international students would be to really utilize people around them as resources.

Billy Koech - Kenya - Harvard College

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year