Harvard International Office

Smith Center Room 864, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (617-495-2789)

The Harvard International Office (HIO) staff advises foreign nationals on immigration matters, social and cultural differences, and financial and personal concerns. The office provides orientations throughout the year to help new students and their spouses adjust to life in the U.S. and to minimize the difficulties they may experience throughout their stay.

During the month of August, walking tours to shopping areas are provided. The Host Program for International Students provides full-time enrolled students from abroad with the opportunity to get to know a resident in the Boston area who will welcome them and ease their transition to the American way of life; contact Zarrin Foster at 617-496-2816 for more information.

All newly admitted international students must register with the HIO before registering for classes. They should bring their passports, visa stamps, and I-20 or DS-2019 documents with them to complete registration with the HIO. For any questions regarding immigration and visa matters, please contact Elizabeth Capuano at elizabeth_capuano@harvard.edu.

The HIO is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The MASCO shuttle bus stops in front of the Smith Center, the building in which HIO is located.

An HIO representative holds regular office hours at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dates, hours, and location are advertised in advance on the HIO web site: http://hio.harvard.edu/office-hours.