What's New

May 30, 2024

The HIO congratulates the Harvard Class of 2024 on their Commencement! Best wishes in your future endeavors!

You can revisit this year's Commencement activities here.

May 8, 2024

The HIO will be expanding virtual advising services specifically for the Spring 2024 STEM OPT extension application season.
An HIO advisor will be available to answer general questions about the STEM OPT application process on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3pm to 4pm beginning on ...

May 8, 2024

If you are planning on traveling internationally over the summer, please check to ensure that you have all required immigration documents necessary to re-enter the U.S. 

If you need a travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019, please review the applicable instructions below.

  • F-1 students or J-1 students and scholars may request a travel signature to be sent via email by completing the Travel Signature Request Form.
  • You may also:
    • Visit the HIO for a travel signature during our walk in travel signature hours, which take place Monday - Friday from 12pm - 2pm on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center.
    • The HIO also hosts travel signature hours in the Longwood area for students, student interns, and scholars. An HIO Advisor will be available every other Wednesday from 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Gordon 006 (at the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows - see map). The full schedule may be found here.

For more information on contacting the HIO, please see Contact Us.

Personal Stories

The best experience was networking with research lovers, or I may call them truth finders. I loved the safe environment and in-classes discussions and the passion to make a difference. I enjoyed working with a supportive, enthusiastic mentor. I really appreciate being able to meet and learn from extraordinary scientists.
Rasha Farag - Egypt - Harvard Medical School

Be your authentic self. Do not feel pressured to ‘act American’ or adopt a mode of life that you are not used to, or comfortable with. People value authenticity and it is what sets you apart from scores of other students on campus.

Asmer Asrar Safi - Pakistan - Harvard College

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year