Visiting international and exchange students are required to participate in Visiting Student Orientation prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. During Orientation, you will be introduced to campus services and facilities, learn about the academic culture at Hopkins, register for classes, and complete matriculation forms. Special activities and excursions are designed to provide you information and introduce you to local restaurants, stores, and services in the City of Baltimore. Orientation also provides a wonderful opportunity for you to become acquainted with other exchange and international students at Hopkins.
Upon arrival at Hopkins, your first stop should be to move-in to your apartments. After you have checked-in to your apartment, you should visit the Office of Study Abroad. We will check-you in, review your registration status, get your J-Card, and help you complete your J-1 Visa registration.
The Office of Study Abroad is located in Levering Hall, Suite 04B, on the Homewood Campus.
Fall Orientation and New Student Orientation
Students who start their term during the Fall semester will participate in both the Visiting Student Orientation and New Student Orientation. Orientation begins with the move-in to your apartments at 9 East 33rd. You will have two days of Visiting Student Orientation and then you may participate in the events scheduled for New Student Orientation (NSO). During New Student Orientation, you should plan to attend all information sessions designated for International and Transfer Students. You are invited to participate in all events and activities, including tours, excursions, and special meals.
Fall Orientation Schedule
- Arrival and Move-In: Wednesday in August prior to start of NSO
- Visiting Student Orientation: Thursday and Friday in August prior to Start of NSO
- New Student Orientation: Week before start of classes
- Start of Classes
Students who start their term during the Spring semester will participate in a special orientation program for Visiting International and Exchange students. Orientation begins with the move-in to your apartments at 9 East 33rd. You will have two days of Visiting Student Orientation prior to the start of classes.
Spring Orientation Schedule
- Arrival and Move-in: Wednesday prior to the start of classes
- Visiting Student Orientation: Thursday and Friday prior to the start of classes
- Start of Classes
You can find the Academic Calendar on the Registrar’s website. You will be sent an email with Orientation details prior to the start of the academic term.
Arrival in Baltimore
Johns Hopkins University is served by three major international airports: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); Dulles International Airport (IAD); and Reagan National Airport (WAS). You can also arrive by train at Penn Station, Baltimore. After clearing customs and claiming your baggage, you should go to ground transportation and take a shuttle or shared rise from the airport to Johns Hopkins University (Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland). You will find shared-ride vans, such as SuperShuttle, at all these airports. Be sure to give the driver the address of your apartment (9 East 33rd Street, Baltimore, Maryland).