International Student Orientation


Preparing to begin your studies at Lasell College is exciting and you have many things to do in preparation. The pre-arrival section contains all of the information you need to know. 

Applying for a Visa
Obtain your F-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. An interview is required so request an appointment early. More information on the application process is available on the Visa Application Guide. 

Completing the Health Form Requirements 
All full-time students must have proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria. Undergraduate students will also have to show proof of Hepatitis B immunization. In order to show proof of vaccinations, incoming students must submit health history and immunization forms.

All forms must be received prior to the start of classes! Failure to submit your forms will result in a hold on your register for the next semester. Forms can be downloaded from the Health Center website. If you have any questions, contact the Student Health Center

Purchasing Student Health Insurance
Understand the medical insurance requirements and purchase health insurance coverage if you are not already covered by a policy that meets Massachusetts state requirements. Please refer to the Insurance page for more information or contact the Office of Student Accounts

Arriving at the U.S. Port of Entry
F-1 students may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date as listed on Form I-20. .  

Upon arrival to the U.S., individuals will be asked by a U.S. Immigration Inspector to present the following:

  • Passport with valid F-1 U.S. Entry Visa
  • Form I-20
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
  • Appropriate Financial Documentation
  • Lasell Admission Letter and financial aid letter (if any)

Carry these documents with you.  Do NOT pack them in your checked luggage, as you must show your documents to the CBP officer before you are allowed to claim your luggage.  The CBP officer may ask similar questions to those asked during the visa interview.  The immigration inspector will review your papers and stamp your passport. They should also annotate this stamp with F-1 D/S. The immigration inspector will issue you an electronic I-94 number that corresponds with your admission to the United States. You can look up your I-94 number at

Arriving to Lasell College 
Taxi service and Limo Service is available from the airport to Lasell.  Call the toll-free taxi number after you pick up your luggage.  1-888-222-5229

Public transportation is available from the airport but might be difficult for a first-time user with lots of luggage.  See the "T" map. Lasell College is located closest to Riverside Station, the last stop on the Green D line. If you arrive after 5pm, call Public Safety at 617-243-2269 or 617-243-2279 and they can direct you where to go.  

Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Avenue (in the Auburndale section of Newton)
Newton, MA 02466

For directions and a map of campus, please refer to the Lasell website