FAQ

When is FIP 2020?

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...

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

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!

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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, we will send out a form later in the summer where you can indicate this.

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?