Exchange students and international study abroad students are required to participate in New Student Orientation in the weeks prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. During Orientation, you will be introduced to the campus and its facilities, register for classes, and meet with your academic advisers. Activities are designed to provide you with information and introduce you to some of the more exciting places to visit in Baltimore. This is also a wonderful opportunity for you to become acquainted with the other exchange and international study abroad students at Hopkins.
You should plan to arrive at Hopkins no later than the dates indicated in the schedule below; plan to arrive earlier if you need to arrange housing.
Orientation Dates Fall 2013
- Arrive by Monday, August 26
- International Orientation: Monday, August 26–Tuesday, August 27
- New Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 28–Sunday, September 1
- Labor Day (holiday, no classes): Monday, September 2
- Classes Start: Tuesday, September 3
Get complete information on Orientation here. You should plan to attend all information sessions designated for international and transfer students. You are invited to participate in all events and activities.
Orientation Dates Spring 2014
- Arrive by Tuesday, January 21
- International Orientation: Wednesday, January 22–Friday, January 24
- Classes Start: Monday, January 27
Upon arrival at Johns Hopkins, your first stop should be the Office of Study Abroad. We will check you in and make sure you are registered for classes. At this first meeting, we will also set up your J-Card identification and complete your J-1 visa registration.
If you need temporary housing during Orientation, be sure to contact the Office of Study Abroad. We will arrange accommodations for you from your arrival through the end of Orientation, if needed.
Arrival in Baltimore
Johns Hopkins is served by three major international airports: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); Dulles International Airport (IAD); and Reagan National Airport (WAS). Upon your arrival, you should go to ground transportation and take a shuttle from the airport to Johns Hopkins University (Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland). You will find shared ride vans, such as SuperShuttle, at all of these airports. Be sure to give the driver the address of your apartment or your temporary housing.