New Students

Welcome to the Division of Medical Sciences community!

This page provides information about upcoming orientation events and resources for navigating the transition to graduate school.

Massachusetts Travel Order


Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.



Please consult the GSAS New Students Page to access information about important dates, the Professional Communication Program for New International Students, GSAS-wide welcoming events, and read some advice on thriving at GSAS. As of the end of April new students should have received instructions from GSAS concerning the following. If you did not receive this information, please reach out to your Program Administrator.

  1. (1) Claiming your Harvard Key
  2. (2) Accessing your Harvard Email Account
  3. (3) Uploading your Harvard ID Photo
  4. (4) Protecting your Computer
  5. (5) Reviewing Terms and Conditions of Registration
  6. (6) Reviewing Health Requirements and Insurance
  7. (7) Housing

Start Date

Due to COVID-19 crisis, July 1 early rotations will not be available this year. Instead we will plan to see you in August. Please check with your individual programs for their orientation events to determine when you need to arrive on campus.

DMS Orientation

Please visit the DMS Orientation Canvas Page for more details and zoom links.


August 19th  Managing Sticky Situations: Understanding GSAS Student Services and the Ombuds Office (10am – 11am EDT)
August 24th  DMS Orientation (1pm– 2pm EDT)

DMS Culture and Community Workshop (2:30pm - 4:30pm EDT)




There are many housing options available to DMS students in both Longwood and the Cambridge campus.



Health Services (HUHS)

Visit HUSHP to learn about Harvard’s student health insurance, or contact HUSHP Member Services at 617-495-2008.




All incoming students are required to submit immunization forms to HUHS, due on June 12, 2020. You can find information and forms on the HUHS website.


International Students

Your dedicated point person at the Harvard International Office is Darryl Zeigler. Feel free to contact Darryl with any questions regarding your status as an international student. 


When you arrive at Harvard, you should report to the Harvard International Office (HIO) with your passport and visa documentation. HIO staff will walk you through a brief registration process and provide information to help orient you to the area.



The August stipend check comprised of half a month of Stipend $1,690, and a one-time Relocation Allowance as indicated in your offer letter.  From September on, your monthly stipend check will be $3,380.


Physical HUID Cards


Students who have arranged a physical rotation or are living in Harvard Housing will require a physical Harvard ID card (HUID). Please follow the steps below to obtain your HUID:

  1. 1. Submit your photo at
  2. 2. Confirm that you photo has been approved by looking at the View Photo link.
  3. 3. Email to make arrangements for your card to be printed and picked up. ID Services will then notify the Longwood ID Office that they can print the ID, which you can then pick up at FXB Building Security Desk, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA.
  4. 4. Call the FXB Security Desk (617-432-1040) to make sure your card has been printed before traveling to pick your ID card
  5. 5. Bring with you a government-issued photo ID, in order to receive your Harvard ID card. All identifications need to include full name, date of birth, a photo, and an expiration date in the future. Examples of government issued ID cards are:
    • Passport.
    • Driver's license.
    • State issued ID card.
    • US Military ID card.
    • Green card.
    • Naturalization certificate.


We ask that students not make a special trip to campus just to pick-up their ID card and hold off requesting a physical ID until it is needed. If you do not require a HUID currently, please still submit your photo and then validate your photo by uploading the required documentation via the my.harvard to-do item.


Important Dates
Spring 2021


GSAS Academic Calendar 2020-2021



Spring term online check-in opens in my.harvard.



Course registration for the spring term opens in

Deadline to check in for the spring term. Students who fail to check in will be charged a late check-in fee of $50.



Spring course registration due. Students must submit enrollments for 16 credits. Late enrollment will be charged $40 for each week late.



First meeting of spring term courses.



*Last day to add (or enroll in) spring courses. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted.



Last day on which students may submit an approved Petition to Withdraw from spring term course.



Our full program calendar can be found here.

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