10.08 Harvard International Office (HIO)

The Harvard International Office (HIO) serves foreign nationals at Harvard by providing programs and services for international students, scholars and their families. These programs and services include orientation meetings, arrival booklets and printed information to assist with the adjustment to Harvard and living in the Boston/Cambridge area; advising and counseling on immigration regulations, social and cultural differences, financial matters and personal concerns; referrals to other offices when appropriate; assistance in locating housing in August; the Friends of International Students program for new graduate students; English language classes, discussion groups and activities for accompanying spouses; and information on a wide variety of topics disseminated through printed material, newsletters, a website and group information sessions. The International Office hosts a reception each fall for newly arrived international students, scholars and their families. In late February/early March, the HIO organizes tax seminars for international students and scholars.

The office also acts as a liaison between Harvard and various public and private agencies in matters affecting the University’s international students and scholars. The office supports the activities of the various international clubs whose membership includes graduate and undergraduate students.

All newly admitted international students are required to check in with the International Office before registering in their schools and should bring their passports and visa documents or other evidence of their immigration status. All foreign nationals are encouraged to visit the office in order to take advantage of its programs and services.

Harvard International Office
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Holyoke Center Room 864
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-2789
Fax number: 617-495-4088
Website: www.hio.harvard.edu

Regular Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9AM - 3PM (except for holidays). 

HBS and Longwood Medical Area (LMA) Office Hours: Some HIO advisors hold office hours at certain schools. For off-site office hour schedules, please go to the HIO site.

Last updated 7/21/16