New Student Orientation



Newly admitted GW students in F-1 Student status are required to attend our mandatory in-person New International Student Orientation. At orientation, you will learn essential information related to maintaining your immigration status as well as benefits that are available to you as an international student at GW.

Take this opportunity to learn important immigration regulations, meet your ISO advisor, and connect with fellow international students! Lunch will be provided. Please register to attend the orientation session using the link below.

Tuesday, January 10 | 10AM-12PM | Betts Theatre 

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All new (initial, transfer, and change of level) international students are required to complete the online check-in (also called the E-Check-In) with the ISO. Included in the online check-in are important links to guide you through the arrival process. Completing your online check-in will satisfy your in-person check-in requirement. The online check-in can be accessed through the ISOGateWay portal, and should be started immediately following your entry into the U.S.


Start the semester off right by getting to know the International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCAs)! Join the ISCAs for a virtual FAQ session during our Pre-Arrival Webinar where you will learn from current international students about their experience, discover tips on how to succeed this semester, and get excited for your arrival at GW!

Friday, December 2 | 9:30AM EST | Webex | Registration Closed


All The ISO has a variety of orientation week events scheduled to help you get familiar with GW, explore D.C., and make friends along the way! See our Spring 2023 events below:

Foggy Bottom Campus Tour | Tue, Jan 10 | 1PM | Register on Eventbrite

Kennedy Center Tour | Wed, Jan 11 | 12:30PM | Register on Eventbrite

Natural History Museum | Thurs, Jan 12 | 1PM | Register on Eventbrite

The View of DC | Fri, Jan 13 | 11AM | Register on Eventbrite


Pre-Arrival Immigration Guide

Are you an F-1 or J-1 student? Click to learn about your first entry into the USA!

Before Your Arrival

Not sure if you're ready to study in the USA? Watch this video for more tips.