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International Graduate Student Orientation

International graduate student orientation sessions cover important information such as an overview of the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS), mentoring programs, the Dartmouth Academic Honor Principle, faculty expectations, and employment options. Orientation for Arts and Sciences, Thayer, and Medical School international students is approximately two and a half hours.


Immigration orientation sessions in the fall for international graduate students are scheduled in accordance with the appropriate school or program's general orientation schedule. For instance, graduate students who are enrolling at the Tuck Business School will have an international immigration orientation and check-in scheduled during, and incorporated into, their regular orientation. Graduate students in the Arts & Sciences, including the MALS, PEMM, and MPH programs, have their immigration check-in sessions scheduled at the Office of Visa and Immigration Services during the months of August and September. International graduate students must complete an online check-in form, found at

In addition, all international graduate students should contact the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) to schedule their in-person immigration check-in session.  Students should e-mail OVIS at to schedule an appointment within two to four weeks of the program start date listed on the I-20 form.

Click here for the International Graduate Student Orientation schedule for the Thayer School and Arts & Sciences.


Orientation Handouts
  • Family Resources
  • Social/Cultural/Extra-Curricular Activities and Shopping Resources
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Banking and Credit Cards
  • Automobile Information

Helpful Web Links


The following links are to important information for international students who will study, live and work at Dartmouth. We hope these pages answer your most critical questions while you are still in your home country. You will receive more detailed information after you arrive at Dartmouth College. Feel free to write, e-mail, or fax the Office of Visa and Immigration Services with any questions. Once you are in Hanover, the International Student Programs office can help you further with academic issues, personal and social adjustment, and cultural opportunities.

Your Arrival

Graduate Housing


Overseas Telephone Calls


Student Organizations

Useful Dartmouth Phone Numbers


To learn more about your school or program’s general orientations, please visit one of the following web sites:



Last Updated: 12/16/09