Gateways International Student Orientation

Gateways International Student Orientation is designed to assist first-year international students in the transition to college life in the United States.

International student orientation will assist first-year international students in completing important personal matters, including the opportunity to purchase necessary personal items, meeting with Health Services regarding vaccination requirements, and getting settled on campus before the academic year begins.

Students will participate in workshops and presentations on a variety of topics to support their transition to the U.S. including F-1 visa immigration requirements, learning about culture in the United States, academic expectations, and campus support services.  This is the ideal time to meet faculty, staff and student leaders who will serve as resources during a student’s time at Holy Cross.

All first-year international students are expected to participate in this special orientation. This orientation is free of charge. Registration will open in June 2024 for the Class of 2028. 

Gateways International Student Orientation will take place beginning on Sunday, August 18, 2024 with an opening dinner through Tuesday, August 20, 2024. New international students will then continue to Gateways Orientation for the Class of 2028 beginning on Wednesday, August 21, 2024..

International student orientation is sponsored by Gateways Orientation. Gateways works collaboratively with the Office of International Students to welcome new international students to the College Holy Cross. Please contact Patrick Rogers, Director of Orientation and Transition, at with any questions about the program.

Learn more about the resources available to international students from the Office of International Students.

Gateways Orientation Leaders and administrators presenting to new international students