International Student Affairs

Orientation

Currently, Hofstra is planning for an in-person format for our Graduate International Student Orientation, Week 9 of the Undergraduate New Student Orientation and Welcome Week programs. In the event we need to switch to an online session, additional information regarding technologies used will be sent to the student’s Hofstra email address.

International Undergraduate Students

New international undergraduate students must attend Week 9 of New Student Orientation scheduled for Monday, August 29 - Wednesday, August 31, 2022. This mandatory orientation program is required for undergraduate international F-1 visa holding students in INTO Undergraduate Pathway or Bachelor’s degree programs, and undergraduate level J-1 exchange students.

Please register for New Student Orientation on the Hofstra portal at my.hofstra.edu. Registration for New Student Orientation will go live in March. Students will need their Hofstra username and password to register. After registering, an email confirmation will be sent to your Hofstra email address within two business days. Detailed information about orientation and arrival will be sent to the Hofstra email address of accepted students whose I-20 or DS-2019 has been issued.

Your orientation will continue with Welcome Week on Thursday, September 1 – Tuesday, September 5, 2022 together with all incoming undergraduate students. Hofstra University's Welcome Week is a week-long schedule of events that is designed to introduce you to the Hofstra campus, the rigor of academic life, our rich culture and traditions, on-campus resources, and the exciting diversity of Hofstra and the community around us. You will have the opportunity to participate in academic, social, athletic and community events that will help you get better acquainted with Hofstra's campus and become an engaged and involved student! 

International Graduate Students

International graduate students beginning their program in Fall 2022 must attend Graduate International Student Orientation, which will take place over two days from Monday, August 29, through Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Graduate international students include F-1 students in INTO Graduate Pathway, Advanced Certificate, Master’s degree, or Doctoral programs, and graduate level J-1 exchange students. Detailed information about orientation will be sent to the Hofstra email address of accepted students whose I-20 or DS-2019 has been issued.

The mandatory Graduate International Student Orientation provides important information about the Hofstra campus, immigration regulations, staying healthy and safe, academic requirements, and the many campus services available to help you succeed and have a great experience at Hofstra. At orientation, you will have the opportunity to participate in many activities that will prepare you to become a member of the Hofstra community.

Your orientation will continue with Graduate School Orientation on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 together with all incoming graduate students. At this event, graduate program directors in most programs will be hosting program-specific breakout sessions after dinner and formal remarks from the Provost. Graduate students may also have separate, program-specific activities in addition to the orientations mentioned above. Graduate students will receive information about any program-specific activities directly from their department. Please note these events may have their own separate registration processes.

Transportation, Move-in, and Housing

We encourage you to review our information on how to prepare for your arrival in the U.S. at www.hofstra.edu/prearrival. Please note that new international students are allowed to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date listed on their I-20. Hofstra will provide group transportation from JFK airport to campus on Sunday, August 28, 2022. More information about this service, including how to sign up, will be emailed to accepted students closer to this date. You may also see this page of our website for directions to Hofstra and information about how to get to Hofstra using various modes of public transportation.

Hofstra's Office of Residence Life will provide information regarding move-in procedures for new international students. Students with confirmed on-campus housing should check their Hofstra email regularly regarding the requirements and procedures for moving in. Move-in for new residential international students is scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2022. The Office of Residence Life will email about exact move-in times. Note that proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and booster shot, if eligible, will be required before moving into your room.

Questions regarding on-campus housing should be directed to the Office of Residence Life. To request a place to live on campus, students must complete a housing application and pay the housing deposit. See instructions on how to apply for housing.

New international students living off campus or arriving earlier than the official move-in are responsible for finding their own accommodation. The Office of Commuting Student Services can provide advice and resources to help you find a place to live off campus. You can contact them at +1-516-463-3469 or commuters@hofstra.edu. Information on local hotels near the Hofstra campus can be found on this page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ISA at international@hofstra.edu!

Virtual Orientation Folder

During orientation, new students receive a lot of information about on-campus resources. Sometimes the volume of information can be overwhelming. We have compiled information about these resources in our virtual folder. With the virtual orientation folder, you will be able to peruse the available resources on your computer and at your leisure. Additionally, the virtual folder is part of Hofstra’s Yellow and Blue make Green environmental initiative, as it reduces the amount of paper products distributed during programs.