No. Unfortunately, we will not be able to welcome or look after FIPers before arrival day (August 20, 2020). If you feel like you have an insurmountable logistical problem regarding your travel, please contact your admissions officer or the Harvard International Office to try and resolve the situation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if the situation persists.
FIPers must arrive on the first day of program. While this is not yet finalized, it will likely be Thursday, August 20, 2020. Programming will begin later that day and will run through Tuesday, August 25, 2020. On that Tuesday...
Unfortuantely, no. A huge part of FIP is the relationships that form among the FIPers; therefore, we want incoming students to be with each other, without their parents, for as much time as possible. The best thing your parents can do is let you enjoy FIP, unfettered, while they explore Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Boston. If you begin to miss them, encourage them to help you pack up your FIP room, load the moving trucks and unpack into your term-time room on August 26!
While FIP is for students, the FIP leadership team love meeting parents and family and hope to...
You have a few options here. You can get a car service like Lyft or Uber, a taxi, or you can take public transportation. If you are travelling alone, you can request that a FIP leader greet you at the airport and take a bus and the T (the subway) with you back to Harvard. If this feels like the best option for you, we will send out a form later in the summer where you can indicate this.
If you are travelling alone to Boston/Harvard, yes, you should bring everything. However, if there is somewhere you can keep some of your stuff during FIP (with family or friends) that's great, too, especially if you have a huge amount of things. You will be loading and unloading your things on and off of trucks that we use at the end of FIP, so it will be a lot of carrying for you.
Registration opens in early April 2020. The college will contact you about registering for pre-orientation programs—just make sure you click "FIP" as your first choice. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions!