What's New

May 23, 2019

As you get ready to leave campus and the U.S. for the summer, please come to the HIO to get a new travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. The HIO travel signature must be less than 12 months old at the time of your reentry to the U.S. You may come to the HIO with your I-20 or DS-2019 and your passport during our office hours and get a travel signature. No appointment is needed. For information on required documents for reentry to the U.S. click here.

May 23, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new rule in the Federal Register on May 23, 2019 which will increase the SEVIS fee for both F-1 and J-1 visa holders effective June 24, 2019.  As of that date, the SEVIS fee for F-1 visa holders will increase from $200 to $350 and for J-1 visa holders from $180 to $220. You will pay the current fee as long as you pay it BEFORE June 24, 2019 even if your program starts AFTER June 24, 2019.  The SEVIS fee is a one-time fee paid prior to beginning a new program and must be paid before scheduling your visa appointment in a U.S. embassy or consulate.  You must print out the SEVIS fee receipt to bring to your visa interview and for entry to the U.S.

May 8, 2019

As you get ready to transition to Harvard, we hope that you find the New Student Guide and New Scholar Guide helpful. We look forward to meeting you in the fall.

Personal Stories

I feel like there is a lot to learn and imbibe from people due to the vast diversity in the background, culture and personalities and also because the international folklore is quite large.  Hence, every other person I meet on campus has an amazing story to tell and an interesting background to share.

Sukanya Punthambaker - India - Harvard Medical School

The teaching teams in Harvard are wonderful. They are knowledgeable and helpful. The hierarchical barriers don’t exist between you and your professors. If you would like to learn more, take as many office hours as possible.

Bao Le - Vietnam - Harvard Medical School

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year