You are joining an academic community that fuels creativity and curiosity, and that is purposeful in cultivating diversity of thought and inclusive expression.

In the words of Emerson College's former President Lee Pelton:

Our goal is to become the global hub of arts and communication in higher education. Our success depends on our unwavering allegiance to five big ideas: innovation, civic engagement, internationalization, academic excellence, and financial sustainability… We recognize that excellence, as its best, is inclusive, because when diversity of ideas or people is absent, so, too, is excellence.

The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) plays a key role in supporting internationalization by providing immigration advising and community support for international students and exchange visitors. 

OISA supports international students attending Emerson College - both in Boston and globally. Our main campus is in the heart of the historic city of Boston, but we also have additional campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands at Kasteel Well.

We offer joint degrees with Paris College of Art (Paris, France) and Franklin University (Lugano, Switzerland), offering gateways to arts education that is truly global.

We are so excited that you’ll be joining us and look forward to welcoming you Home to Emerson!

New Student SEVIS Check-In

All new international students arriving on campus must complete a New Student SEVIS Check-In. The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) will email you information about the SEVIS Check-In process. You will need to present copies of your U.S. immigration documents in order for OISA to verify your lawful status and “activate” your SEVIS immigration record. 

Complete the New Student SEVIS Check-In

Resources for New Students

See the following links below for answers to other frequently asked questions for new arriving students:

Getting to Know Boston