International Student Affairs


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.

Fall 2021 International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation for students beginning their program in Fall 2021 will take place over three days from Monday, August 23, through Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The orientation schedule will include both virtual and in-person activities to ensure all new international students receive the essential information needed to join the Hofstra community whether you are located within or outside the U.S. Detailed information about orientation will be emailed to the Hofstra email address of accepted students whose I-20 or DS-2019 has been issued. Please note that international students are allowed to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date listed on their I-20.

Graduate students may also have separate, program-specific activities in addition to International Student Orientation. Graduate students will receive information about any program-specific activities directly from their department or their program's Admission Office.

Transportation, Move-in, and Housing

We encourage you to review our information on how to prepare for your arrival in the U.S. at Please make appropriate arrangements for transportation from the airport to campus after you arrive in the United States. Please 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. 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. Students with confirmed on-campus housing should check their Hofstra email regarding the requirements and procedures for moving in.

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 Information on local hotels near the Hofstra campus can be found on this page.

We look forward to seeing you at International Student Orientation. If we can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact us at!