Information and Resources for International Graduate Students
1. Orientation for international students
Newly admitted international students have a special August orientation meeting.
2. Host-student program
The host-student program pairs current students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) with incoming international students.
From the home page:
3. GSAS resources
There's an extensive list of resources for international graduate students on the GSAS web site. This page is referenced in some of the items below, but it's worth visiting the page directly for more useful information.
4. FAQ for GSAS international students
GSAS also has a FAQ page for international students.
5. The Harvard International Office
From the GSAS handbook:
From the HIO web site:
6. Language requirements
For more information, please see "Resources for Non-Native English Speakers."
The Physics Department does not itself administer any tests for English proficiency. As explained in the physics degree-requirements page in the GSAS handbook, "There is no formal language requirement for the PhD in physics. Students are nonetheless advised that a knowledge of certain foreign languages is extremely useful in many fields of physics."
7. Advising for international graduate students
Each school at Harvard has a dedicated international advisor. The full list is available at the HIO's home page, and the advisor for GSAS is Darryl Zeigler (firstname.lastname@example.org). For exigent, routine services, there's also an advisor-on-call.