FAQ

Can I arrive to FIP early, before the program starts?

No. Sorry to be so blunt about this, but we have no capability to welcome and look after FIPers before arrival day, August 23, 2019. If you feel like you have an insurmountable logistical problem regarding your travel, please contact your admissions officer or Harvard International Office to triage and resolve the situation.  Please email fip@fas.harvard.edu if the situation persists.

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When is FIP 2019?

FIPers must arrive on Friday, August 23, 2019. Programming will begin later that day and will run through Monday, August 26, 2019. On that Monday, FIPers will move-out of their pre-orientation rooms and will move into their permanent...

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My parents are traveling with me. Can I hang out with them during FIP?

No. A huge part of FIP is simply 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 developing more...

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How do I get from the airport in Boston to Harvard? Can I get a ride?

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, make sure to request it when the leaders contact you a little later in the summer. 

MBTA From Logan Airport

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Should I bring all my stuff for the entire year?

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.

I didn't get an invitation to sign up for FIP, but I think I meet the criteria to be a participant. What should I do?

Occasionally, international students (and U.S. residents who have studied most of their lives overseas) do not receive FIP invitations from the Admissions Office. This can happen for a number of innocuous reasons. If you think you qualify for FIP, please email fip@fas.harvard.edu and tell us that you would like to attend. If there is some question about your... Read more about I didn't get an invitation to sign up for FIP, but I think I meet the criteria to be a participant. What should I do?