What's New

November 17, 2020

As winter break approaches, we want to remind students and scholars that the University strongly discourages personal travel, both international and domestic. Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. For the foreseeable future, the global pandemic will continue to affect the safety and feasibility of travel. In addition to lowering the risk of coronavirus transmission on campus and helping ensure the health and safety of the Harvard community, the University also seeks to slow the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

If you have personal reasons that require you to travel, you must speak to your HIO Advisor before making any travel arrangements. 

If you do make the decision to travel, you must confirm that you have the required documents for your specific visa type to travel and reenter the United States (U.S.). You must also consider the travel disruptions that may be caused by pandemic, including travel bans and quarantine requirements. For more information on how travel is currently impacted by the pandemic, please review the HIO’s COVID-19 FAQ.

COVID-19 is a fluid situation worldwide and travel guidance and travel bans can change quickly as a result of the pandemic. Please consider all the risks and uncertainties when discussing your proposed travel plans with your HIO Advisor.

November 16, 2020

The HIO will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 – 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The HIO will also be closed from December 18 through January 4 for our winter break.  Advisors and staff will be unavailable at that time so please plan accordingly. 

If you have an emergency during that time please call the HIO's emergency number (+1-857-302-3772).

November 13, 2020

Harvard University recently issued guidance for individuals preparing for the upcoming 2020 tax season. Of note, international students and scholars who are receiving income from the University should be aware of certain deadlines and requirements to prepare for tax season:

  • Tax Treaty Renewal Deadline for 2021. Per IRS regulations, certain tax treaties must be renewed annually. To meet these requirements, and claim a tax treaty exemption in the calendar year 2021 (if previously determined eligible in 2020), foreign individuals must complete the treaty renewal process before Friday, December 18th, 2020.
  • Deadline to Declare new tax treaty benefits for 2020. If GLACIER determines a foreign individual is possibly eligible to claim a new tax treaty exemption for 2020, the completed GLACIER submission must be received by the Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance Office no later than Sunday, November 29th, 2020.
  • Update Your Addresses for 2020 Tax Forms. In order to make sure there are no delays in receiving 2020 tax forms, make sure your address is up-to-date or better yet, sign up for electronic delivery if available!
  • Report Your Government-Issued Social Security Number (SSN). It is important that government-issued SSNs are submitted to Payroll/Student Services as soon as they are received, if you are earning income from Harvard. If you have not yet applied for an SSN, you should review the HIO instructions to do so now.  

Personal Stories

I have met amazing people that make feel like at home. It is surprising to meet new people of different nationalities, backgrounds, and cultures that share similar experiences and ambitions than mine. That helps me to get along easily with them.

Eduardo Peláez - Peru - Graduate School of Design

The best experience was being surrounded by like-minded people who want to strive to make a difference, whether small or big. Having the space to be able to listen to other people’s aspirations and future plans was very inspiring.

Meera Almesmari - United Arab Emirates - Harvard Graduate School of Education

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year