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    Welcome Class of 2022!

    The First-Year International Program mentors new international students as part of a larger vision of inclusion at Harvard.

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    FIP Families

    FIP uses a family model to welcome new international students to Harvard. In 2017, 147 FIPers were organized into 15 families.

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    Friendship and Community

    FIP creates powerful social connections at the same time it helps students adjust to Harvard in a more practical way.

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    Leaders

    FIP leaders are the first point of connection between new international students and Harvard (and sometimes the US).

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    Our Collaborators

    At all levels, our program is built on collective efforts and partnerships across Harvard College.

Latest News

Registration Closed

June 22, 2018

FIP 2018 Registration is now closed.

If you have not registered but would like to participate in FIP, please email fip@fas.harvard.edu.

If you have registered through this site, please make sure to confirm your spot in FIP through the Housing Application Portal (if you haven't already).

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FIP Confirmations Next Week!

May 24, 2018

Hello FIPers!

If you have registeed for FIP through this site, you should receive a confirmation email early next week. In that email, you will be given instructions on how to officially confirm that you are coming to FIP. If you do not receive that email next week, please reach out to us. Please also note that from now on we will be communicating with you through your @college email account. It's time to start checking that email regularly, not only for FIP stuff but for other college matters as well.

If you have not...

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Welcome Class of 2022!

March 28, 2018

Special note: FIP registration deadline has been extended!

As the Faculty Director of FIP, I want to congratulate you on your acceptance to Harvard! If you are an international student (or a US resident who has been mostly abroad for school), we hope that you will consider participating in FIP. The program runs August 23rd through the 26th. We’d be thrilled to have you join us!

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First-Year International Program

The First-Year International Program (FIP) is for international students and US residents who have lived and studied primarily overseas. In FIP, about 40 upperclass leaders mentor approximately 150 incoming freshmen, introducing them to Harvard and helping them adjust to life in the United States. Specifically, participants receive foundational information for a happy, successful start at Harvard, including sessions and discussions about American culture, immigration, and academics in the US and at Harvard. Participants are also able to set up a bank account and cell phone service. Through its emphasis on inclusion and belonging, FIP creates new friendships at the same time it cultivates the larger international community at Harvard.