Talk To An Advisor

There are various ways you can contact an HIO advisor. If you know who your HIO advisor is, you can contact him or her directly by email or phone. For travel signatures or quick immigration questions, you can stop by the HIO during our regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to speak with an Advisor On Call (AOC).

Advisors on Call

The HIO has an Advisor on Call (AOC) available daily 9:00 - 3:00 for routine services such as travel signatures on visa documents and registration procedures for new arrivals. Students and scholars do not need appointments to see the AOC for basic questions. This service is provided on a first-come first-served basis.

For your convenience, the HIO also holds office hours at the Harvard Business School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For details, see our Office Hours.

Typical issues handled by the AOC include:

  • Basic questions concerning visa documents and travel plans
  • Travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holders with sponsorship from Harvard University
  • Check-in registration for incoming students and scholars
  • General procedures for obtaining visa documents
  • General questions about maintaining visa status
  • Letters for Social Security Number and ITIN
  • School and program transfers
  • Issues that require timely attention
  • International students and scholars are encouraged to make appointments with the HIO advisors designated to their schools for more complicated immigration related issues, such as work permission, leaves of absence, visa extensions, etc. Appointments with HIO advisors provide more individualized and thorough consultation.

To schedule an appointment with your HIO advisor use our online appointment system.

If you are not sure which advisor is assigned to your school or department please refer to the HIO's advisor assignment list below.

Who Is My Advisor?

Each international student and scholar at Harvard University is assigned a particular advisor in the HIO. Please see below to identify your advisor.

Students and Scholars
(except for GSAS, see below)

Hospitals

Business School:
HuQing Piemonte

Beth Israel Deaconess Med. Ctr:   Peter O'Meara

Harvard College:
Tana Ruegamer

Brockton VA Hospital:
Joseph Chen

Dental School:
Joseph Chen

Cambridge Health Alliance:
Joseph Chen

School of Design:
Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Joslin Diabetes Center:
Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Divinity School:
Joseph Chen

Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary:
Joseph Chen

School of Education:
Maureen Martin

W. Roxbury VA Hospital:
Joseph Chen

Summer School:
Colleen Griffin

GSAS:
Darryl Zeigler

 

Kennedy School
Jessica Heffernan

 

Law School:
Peter O'Meara

 

School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences

For Scholars contact Tana Ruegamer

 

T.H. Chan School of Public Health:
Elizabeth Capuano

 

Medical School
(Cell Biology, BCMP, Division of Immunology only):
Joseph Chen

 

Medical School Scholars
(Except cell Biology, BCMP and Division of Immunology):

HuQing Piemonte

 

Rowland Institute:
Maureen Martin

 

Radcliffe Institute:
Tana Ruegamer

 

 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Scholars
(students see above under GSAS)

FAS Departments and Other Affiliates

Advisor

African and African-American Studies

Darryl Zeigler

American Repertory Theater

Darryl Zeigler

Anthropology

Elizabeth Capuano

Arnold Arboretum

Peter O'Meara

Asia Center

Joseph Chen

Astronomy/Harvard College Observatory

Elizabeth Capuano

Athletics Department

Anne Gardsbane

Broad Institute

Elizabeth Capuano

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Darryl Zeigler

Center for Astrophysics

Elizabeth Capuano

Center for Brain Science

Darryl Zeigler

Center for European Studies

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Center for Hellenic Studies

Elizabeth Capuano

Center for Jewish Studies

Joseph Chen

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Joseph Chen

Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications

Charles Warren Center for
Studies in American History

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Elizabeth Capuano

Classics

Elizabeth Capuano

Comparative Literature

Elizabeth Capuano

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Peter O'Meara

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Joseph Chen

Economics

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

English and American Literature and Language

Elizabeth Capuano

Expository Writing

Tana Ruegamer

Fairbank Center for East Asian Research

Joseph Chen

FAS Center for Systems Biology

Elizabeth Capuano

Folklore & Mythology

Elizabeth Capuano

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Elizabeth Capuano

Government

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Harvard Art Museums

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Harvard Forest

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Darryl Zeigler

Harvard-Yenching Institute

Joseph Chen

History

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

History of American Civilization at Harvard

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

History of Art and Architecture

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

History of Science

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Humanities Center

Tana Ruegamer

Inner-Asian & Altaic Studies

Joseph Chen

Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Judaica Dept.

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Linguistics

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Mathematics

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Darryl Zeigler

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Joseph Chen

Music

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Joseph Chen

Nieman Foundation

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Joseph Chen

Peabody Museum

Elizabeth Capuano

Philosophy

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Physics

Tana Ruegamer

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

Elizabeth Capuano

Psychology

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Religion

Elizabeth Capuano

Romance Languages and Literature

Elizabeth Capuano

Russian Studies, Davis Center

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Sanskrit and Indian Studies

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Slavic Languages and Literature

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Society of Fellows-Junior Fellowship Program

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Sociology

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Statistics

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Darryl Zeigler

Ukrainian Research Institute

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Visual & Environmental Studies

Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Weatherhead Ctr. for International Affairs

Ivana Hrga-Griggs