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Student Program

During Pre-departure Orientation, students spend two days on the Boston campus in July participating in a program designed to introduce them to policies and procedures as well as increase familiarity with their locations, and meet their fellow participants and staff. Workshops and sessions include culture acclimation, safety and security while studying abroad, policies, academic advising, goal-setting, and team-building. Students stay overnight in freshman residence halls, and get their first taste of life on Northeastern’s campus. Towels, bedding, and all meals are provided for participants.

Parent and Family Program

Parents and guardians are invited to participate in our Parent and Family Program that takes place on Day 1 of PDO. Parents should plan to leave campus after the conclusion of the Parent Program, as the sessions planned on Day 2 are specifically geared toward students. Breakfast and lunch is provided for all registered family members on the first day of each orientation. Find places to stay in the area >>

PDO is mandatory for all US citizens. Due to US visa regulations, international students are not required to attend this on-campus orientation program. International students will receive all necessary information through our website and email.  


Registration is required, and each PDO session will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Students register through the General Enrollment Form (see Enrollment Forms section by location) by May 15. Students may pick one of the following dates:

  • July 10-11
  • July 13-14

Registration and check-in will take place in the Stetson West lobby (#15 on the campus map) beginning at 7:30 a.m. on day 1. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. for registration in order to leave time to enjoy a complimentary breakfast together before our official program begins. Participants who arrive after 8:15 a.m. may not be able to enjoy the complimentary breakfast. During registration, students also check into student housing. Please note that on-campus housing is not provided for family members and that student housing is only for one night (July 10th for PDO I and July 13th for PDO II). PDO will conclude at 4:30pm on Day 2, at which time students may depart campus. The entire schedule will be provided upon check-in. 

What to Bring

Students are asked to please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and to bring a water bottle. There will be the opportunity for evening sporting activities; students who wish to participate should bring appropriate clothing. Additionally, all students must bring the following items:

  • Photo ID for housing check-in
  • Unofficial or photocopied documentation of all AP or IB score reports and transcripts of all college transfer credit. We ask that students bring copies of these documents - in addition to submitting the official documentation to Admissions - to assist their Academic Advisers, who meet with students to review their courses and determine if any academically necessary changes will be made based on AP/IB/transfer information. Please note that advisers will retain these copies for their records here at Northeastern.
  • Fan, if necessary. Please note that air conditioning is not provided in the freshman residence hall accommodations. 
  • We recommend that participants and families continue to carefully review the location-specific information on our website before attending PDO so that they can come prepared with questions.  

PDO Policies & Logistics

For safety reasons, it is our policy that once participants check-in for PDO, they must stay on campus for the entire program. Please do not schedule any activities or events that will take students off campus or away from the required orientation activities. International Student Advisors, who will go abroad with students, stay in the residence halls overnight and plan evening activities.

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