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Gateways International Student Orientation

Monitoring the COVID-19 Situation

The Gateways Summer Orientation program is transitioning to a virtual opportunity. Due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, we are currently evaluating all other orientation program plans and schedules. As soon as decisions are made, we will share information with you and update the website.


Gateways International Student Orientation is designed to assist you in your transition to U.S. culture and education. This special orientation will assist you in taking care of important personal matters such as setting up a bank account, receiving information on and/or purchasing a cell phone, meeting with Health Services personnel, and shopping for essential supplies. Additionally, you will receive helpful information on U.S. Immigration requirements, U.S. cultural adjustments, academic expectations, and campus support services. This is the ideal time to meet faculty, staff and student leaders who will serve as resources for you as you acclimate to life at Holy Cross.

We strongly encourage all international students to participate in this special orientation, which is completely free of charge — all meals, on-campus housing and activity costs will be covered by the College for the duration of the program. Gateways International Student Orientation (ISO) is held about one week before first-year students move in. More program details and information about registration will be available later this spring. 

Please email with questions. For additional information on the resources available to international students, please visit the Office of International Student website