What's New

March 25, 2020

Recent events related to coronavirus (COVID-19) have placed Harvard, and the world, in unchartered territory and as expected have led to a great deal of uncertainty.  We wanted to follow up on information we had sent prior and answer some of the more recent questions we have received. In addition to the HIO's Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ, please see our updated COVID-19 message for more up to date information regarding HIO operations, visa issuance worldwide, tax deadlines and social security offices, how to maintain your visa status, and more.

March 16, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18, the HIO will be closed to walk ins and in person appointments until further notice. HIO staff and advisors will be working remotely, and will be available via telephone and email, or for appointments via skype or zoom. Please contact your HIO Advisor with any questions or concerns.

March 12, 2020

The HIO has compiled a comprehensive FAQ to answer any visa-related issues connected to Coronavirus (COVID-19), including general travel and visa concerns, student issues, work authorization applications, and international scholar issues. Please note that any future travel to the U.S. may be impacted by the U.S. government's travel suspension.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your HIO Advisor.

Personal Stories

The spirit and energy of the program is unparalleled, and there is something really special about a group of international students from such different places (from literally all over the world), but who feel so connected.

Lisa van der Sluijs - Netherlands - Harvard College

Harvard is a magnet for attracting both international friends and friends from home whom otherwise you will never meet. My friends now span across all continents and they are as easy as calling them up as soon as you land in any part of the world.

Kinga Tshering - Bhutan - Harvard Divinity School

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year