HIO Orientations

Welcome to Harvard! Now that you have arrived in the Greater Boston area, here are some activities to help you settle in!  We provide orientation sessions and walking tours. We encourage you to attend a group orientation session when offered.

Getting Started Group Orientations

These are group orientations covering travel, banking, shopping, social security numbers, health insurance, housing, and more.  This session lasts about two hours or less.  Please make an appointment to attend one of the scheduled sessions.  Once inside the scheduler, please select "Orientation Session" from the drop-down menu. You may add a comment when making an appointment.  Zarrin Foster will email you the Zoom address.

One-on-One Orientation Sessions

These sessions are available in the Fall, as of the beginning of October, for scholars and spouses or partners of both students and scholars. Please make an appointment to meet with Zarrin Foster by using the HIO online scheduler. Once inside the scheduler, please select "Orientation Session" from the drop-down menu. You may add a comment when making an appointment and you do not need to bring any documents to the session. Based on your comments, Zarrin will modify her presentation. Typical topics covered are travel, banking, shopping, social security numbers, health insurance, housing, J-2 work permission, etc.  If you have difficulty accessing the on-line scheduler, please contact Zarrin Foster.

Virtual Walking Tours

Please register for the walking tours.  Contact Zarrin Foster if you are having any difficulty registering.

Harvard University

Via Zoom, you will be shown places on the Cambridge campus of the university, for example, where to get tickets for Harvard events, films, farmer’s market, bathrooms, museums, cafes, etc. The tour lasts about one hour.

Harvard Square

Via Zoom, you we will see the post office, the cobbler, the hardware store, venues for live music, etc.  The tour lasts less than one hour.

Harvard Tours

These are tours led by undergraduates of the College.  The tour covers Harvard Yard, some of the undergraduate housing, history, and urban legend.  Please register for these tour through the Information Office.