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Graduate International Student Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to Lasell University!  We know this is an exciting time of year and you should be proud of your accomplishments.  You have been selected from a competitive group of applicants and we know you will benefit from Lasell’s Connected Learning philosophy of education.

Lasell Checklist for International Graduate Students

Declaration of Finance Form

International students must complete the Declaration of Finance form in order to obtain their Lasell I-20 Form. This form is required in order to receive your Visa interview and your F-1 Student Visa. 

Transfer Report

International students who are currently in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa will also need to complete the Transfer Report Form. The Transfer Report is required in order to transfer your current I-20 to Lasell University. You will need your current international student advisor to complete this form.

Enrollment Deposit

Now that you are ready to experience every day at Lasell University, you need to submit your enrollment deposit to reserve your space in the program.

Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate and Professional Studies New Student Orientation is held at the beginning of the fall, winter, and summer I sessions. This is an opportunity to learn about the variety of resources and services available to help graduate students make well informed and appropriate academic and administrative plans. Additionally, students will meet and hear from Academic Department Chairs, faculty, administrative staff and other graduate students. New international students are strongly encouraged to attend.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is held on the same day as graduate student orientation, invitation to follow. International Student Orientation is mandatory for all international students. 

check boxNew Graduate Student To-Do List

New students are encouraged to complete a variety of tasks prior to the start of classes, as it will make campus access and course workflow easier to manage. The New Graduate Student To-Do List provides detailed instructions for a variety of administrative tasks such as setting up your email account, ordering your textbooks, completing the Graduate Online Orientation, and more.

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Lasell does not offer on-campus living accommodations for graduate students. Graduate students must secure their own housing.  There are plenty of shared housing and homestay options nearby. For a list of housing resources, please email Thomas Morgan, Coordinator of Off-Campus Living and Commuter Services at

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Graduate students must submit health forms to the Health Center. 

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Graduate students use the Lasell University GPS Registration & Billing System to enroll in classes. To prepare for registration, course requirements and detailed course descriptions for the Graduate Programs can be found in the Lasell University Academic Catalog. The Course Offerings for graduate students can be found under Academics on the left hand side of MyLasell portal. 

For assistance selecting your courses or registering, contact your Graduate Enrollment Counselor, at 617.243.2400 or by email,

As an F-1 visa holder, graduate international students are required to be registered for 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters.  Any student who starts in the summer must also register for a total of 9 credits during their first summer term. Only 3 credits of the required 9 credits can be taken through an online course.  The other 6 credits must be taken in hybrid form.

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See the academic calendar for session start dates. Attendance in class is very important and failure to attend classes could result in poor grades.

check boxComplete SEVIS Registration

New international graduate students are required to complete SEVIS Registration. All students holding an F-1 visa must attend International Orientation or to report, in person, to the Office of International Services to complete SEVIS Registration. Students must bring their passport, their I-20, and their current U.S. address to this meeting. For more information, please visit the International Student Welcome page.