2019 Graduate Orientation Week Schedule

Below you will find the various graduate student orientations and welcome events that take place during orientation week. The locations may change over the course of this summer, so please check the website for updates prior to orientation week.

International Student Graduate Orientation

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Location to be determined.

  • 5:30 PM: Meet & Greet

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center

  • 8:30 AM: Check-in, Breakfast & Welcome
  • 9:30 AM: U.S. Immigration: Status & Study*
  • 10:15 AM: Academic Culture Workshop*
  • 11:15 AM: American Cultural Narratives*
  • 1:00 PM: Welcome Luncheon
  • 2:30 PM: Campus Tour
  • 3:30 PM: Library Info Session & RefWorks Tutorial

*Mandatory Sessions for Students in F-1 and J-1 Status

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center

  • 9:00 AM: Check-in & Coffee
  • 9:45 AM: Culture & Communication 101
  • 10:15 AM: Health & Wellness Panel Discussion
  • 11:15 AM: Staying Safe @ GU
  • 12:00 PM: Hoya Words of Wisdom & Lunch
  • 1:15 PM: Working Off-Campus
    • F-1 Practical Training
    • J-1 Academic Training
  • 2:30 PM: Tax Basics for International Students
  • 3:30 PM: Teaching Assistant Workshop
  • 3:30 PM: Library Info Session & RefWorks Tutorial

SFS Graduate Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • 12:00 PM: Boxed Lunch Pick-up
    Office of the Dean, Intercultural Center Building (ICC) Suite 301
    *If you meet with your specific graduate program on the morning of August 21st, you will receive a boxed lunch there.
  • 1:00 PM: Introduction to SFS
    Gaston Hall

    • Joel S. Hellman, Dean – Welcome
    • Matthew Carnes, S.J., Director, Center for Latin American Studies & Associate Professor – The Jesuit Tradition
    • Anne Steen, Executive Director, Graduate Career Center – Graduate Career Center Information
    • Council President, Delphi Cleaveland, MAGES – SFS Graduate Student Council President
  • 3:00 PM: Certificate and Information Sessions
    Intercultural Center Building (ICC) 1st and 2nd-floor classrooms
    *Information Sessions will be held in 15-minute intervals with 5-minute breaks in-between sessions to travel to the next session. The start times include: 3pm, 3:20pm, 3:40pm, 4:00pm, 4:20pm, and 4:40pm

    • African Studies – ICC 204A
    • Arab Studies – ICC 204B
    • Asian Studies – ICC 205A
    • Diplomatic Studies – ICC 103
    • Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies – 205B
    • Global Human Development – 217A
    • International Business Diplomacy – ICC 102
    • Latin American Studies – ICC 206A
    • Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies – ICC 105
    • Social Innovation and Global Development – ICC 116
    • Graduate Career Center – ICC 101
    • University Information Services (UIS) – ICC 217B
    • Graduate Student Groups – 219A
    • Graduate Student Groups – 219B
  • 5:00 PM: Reception
    Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center – Salons G&H

GU Graduate Student Welcome Events

Monday, August 26th, 2019

  • 12:00 PM: Financial Aid Drop-in Hours
    Car Barn, Suite 410, 3520 Prospect Street, N.W.
    Students will be invited to drop-in at any time between 12noon-4pm to meet with Graduate School Financial Aid Officers to ask any questions about financial aid, scholarships, stipends, your awards, and any other questions you want.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

  • 9:00 AM: Welcome from Georgetown University Deans and Executives
    Gaston Hall, Healy Hall, 3rd floor
    During this session, Georgetown University Deans, the President of Georgetown University, and other key Graduate School and University staff will welcome you to Georgetown University and share important information that will help you be successful during your stay on the Hilltop.

    • Norberto M. Grzywacz – Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
    • John J. DeGioia – President, Georgetown University
    • Robert Groves – Provost, Georgetown University
    • Anthony Clark Arend – Senior Advisor to the Dean and Professor of Government and Foreign Service
    • Todd Olson – Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    • Sheila McMullan – Vice Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
    • Rev. Greg Schenden, S.J. – Director of Campus Ministry
    • Lewis May – President, Graduate Student Government (GradGov)
    • Owen Agho – Assoc. Director, Graduate Student Enrichment and Communication, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • 10:25 AM: Information Sessions
    Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC), first-floor classrooms
    During these six 20-minute information sessions, various university student groups, departments, and representatives will provide some information and be available to answer student questions about campus resources and policies. These sessions will take place in classrooms on the first floor of ICC, and each session will be repeated 6 times between 10:25 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. so that graduate students can explore those topics of most interest to them.

    • Engaging in Service and Social Justice Work in D.C. and Beyond (Center for Social Justice)
    • Information Technology & Computers at Georgetown (UIS-University Information Services)
    • Graduate Student Engagement: Getting Involved (Graduate Student Government)
    • Safety & Crime Prevention (GUPD-GU Police Department)
    • Graduate Student Wellness at Georgetown (CAPS / Health Education Services)
    • Getting Involved on the Field (Yates Field House)
    • Meal Plans and Other Dining Options On-Campus (Dining Services)
    • Hoyas Living in D.C. (Office of Neighborhood Life)
    • Medical Care at the Student Health Center and Medical Coverage Offered by Student Health Insurance (Graduate Student Health Insurance/ Student Health Center)
    • Finding Student Employment on Campus (Student Employment Office)
    • Using your Library Resources at Georgetown (Lauinger Library)
    • Career Development Resources for Graduate Students (Graduate Career Center)
  • 1:00 PM: Welcome Back Jack! BBQ Lunch
    Copley Lawn
  • 2:30 PM: Campus Tours*
    Car Barn Patio, 3520 Prospect Street, N.W.
    *Free ticketed event for Graduate Students who sign up in advance through Eventbrite.

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

  • 4:00 PM: Graduate Student Welcome BBQ and Organization Fair
    Car Barn Patio, 3520 Prospect Street, N.W.
    All graduate students and graduate faculty are invited to attend the Graduate Student Welcome BBQ and Organization Fair (free food and drinks for all graduate students). For entry, please bring your GOCard and a government-issued photo ID (or passport) showing your date of birth (if you wish to drink alcohol).