First-Year International Program (FIP)

FIP What is FIP?

FIP is a four-day orientation program in which FIP leaders mentor incoming freshmen and introduce them to Harvard life, providing international students a platform to adjust to their new college environment in the United States. Students are introduced to all the issues necessary for a happy, successful start at Harvard - including discussion of the American classroom, culture and stereotypes, how to set up a bank account, and homesickness.

Who is Eligible?

International students and U.S. citizens who have studied most of their lives overseas are eligible, and they are strongly encouraged to participate in the program. If you are eligible, you will receive a letter of invitation and registration instructions in April 2017. The invitation to participate in FIP explains how and when to accept a spot in FIP. If you do not receive an invitation but feel you should, e-mail

How Can I Find out More about FIP?

To learn about what FIP was like for previous Harvard first-years, check out the Woodbridge Society website. More info about this year’s program will be posted here soon!

How Do I Register?

To register for FIP, please fill out the online FIP Registration Form, which you can access here with your Harvard e-mail and HarvardKey, or through the link in the FIP invitation e-mail. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 10.

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, concerns about FIP, please be in touch by any of the means below:

Harvard FIP

c/o Freshman Dean's Office

6 Prescott St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-1574