International Students

Congratulations on making the decision to come to Suffolk University! Orientation for international students provides an opportunity to learn all about your new home away from home.

Fall Orientation 2019

Session Type Session Date(s) (Required) Early Arrival Option (Optional)
First Year Session 1

June 3-4
Overnight housing stay required for all new students

June 2
Shear Madness Show ($60)

First Year Session 2

June 6-7
Overnight housing stay required for all new students

June 5
Museum of Fine Arts ($60) or Suffolk Serves ($15)
First Year Session 3

June 10-11
Overnight housing stay required for all new students

June 9
Shear Madness Show ($60)
First Year Session 4
(Students who will start the fall in Madrid should select this session)

June 13-14
Overnight housing stay required for all new students

June 12
Improv Asylum Show ($60) or Suffolk Serves ($15)
First Year Session 5

June 17-18
Overnight housing stay required for all new students

June 16
Fenway Park Tour ($60)
First Year Session 6

June 20-21
Overnight housing stay required for all new students

June 19
Fenway Park Tour ($60) or Suffolk Serves ($15)
Transfer Session 1

June 27
Overnight housing not available


Transfer Session 2
(All students with military veteran status are encouraged to attend this session)

August 23
Overnight housing not available

 
First Year Session 7 August 26-27
Commuter students; only dates available via the
orientation registration system for out of region
(blue area on below map) & international students
only
 
First Year Session 8 August 29-30
Residential students only; dates available via the
orientation registration system for out of region
(blue area on below map) & international
students only; residential students attending
this session can move in to their residential
assignment on 8/28/19
 
Transfer Session 3

August 30
Residential students only; residential students
attending this session can move in to their residential assignment on 8/28/19

 
Map of United States color coded with University colors
GOLD REGION: Students living inside the gold region on the map must login to the registration system via the admission applicant portal to select their orientation date(s) from one of the above sessions which meet their student type. Family members are encouraged to also attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation, New Student & Family Programs for assistance.

BLUE REGION: Students living inside the blue region, including internationally, on the below map should login to the registration system via the admission applicant portal to see all sessions available to them based on their student type. Students from the blue region may also have access to additional sessions not listed above. Family members are encouraged to also attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation, New Student & Family Programs for assistance.

Orientation FAQS

It is very important that you make your travel arrangements ahead of time. You must plan to be in Boston at least 24 hours before the start of your scheduled orientation session. Please plan your travel accordingly. We are looking forward to meeting you at orientation!

Most new, incoming students who are starting Suffolk in the fall participate in orientation during the month of June. For those starting Suffolk in the spring semester, orientation is held in early January. However, if you are a new fall student living internationally and are unable to attend one of the June orientation sessions, you will also have the opportunity to attend a session in August just before the start of the fall semester.

Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students. Orientation serves as an important way for incoming students to get required information needed to be successful at Suffolk as well as complete important first-steps in your experience such as finalizing course registration, managing financial and health information, and meeting with faculty members. We seek to help you understand Suffolk University's academic environment and expectations, become familiar with utilizing academic resources, develop a sense of comfort within the Suffolk community, gain knowledge about co-curricular opportunities, and become familiar with Suffolk's global culture, and our appreciation for diversity.

All students are required to participate in their entire orientation program, from start to finish. When attending, you should plan to remain at campus in your sessions for the entire time and follow the schedule until it is finished.

To register for orientation, login to your admission applicant portal and select a date that works with your availability. Attendance at only one orientation program is required. Once in the portal, click "First-Year Students" or "Transfer Students" in the left-hand navigation, and follow the on-screen registration directions.

Starting at a new institution in a new country is an exciting adventure, not only for your student, but for your entire family. While it is not mandatory for family members to attend orientation, it is strongly encouraged. Orientation provides an opportunity for family members to learn about your student's academic program and requirements, get answers to financial questions, policies, and deadlines, understand academic and co-curricular resources, gain details about health, wellness, and safety, and more. We hope to see you there!

Suffolk's international family orientation program runs concurrently with, but separately from, student orientation. For family members, orientation offers an exciting opportunity to interact with skilled faculty and staff members who are committed to excellence on campus.