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.

Spring Orientation 2019

Session Type Session Date(s)
Transfer Session 1 December 11
First-Year Session1 January 9-10
Transfer Session 2 January 10
New International Students January 11

GOLD REGION: Students living in the gold region on this map must login to the registration system via their admission applicant portal to register for the orientation session which meets their student type. Family members are encouraged to attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact the Office of Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance.

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

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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.